• Now is the time to enact a Nelson County smoking ban

    A recent study released by the University of Kentucky proves that Kentucky communities with strong smoking ban laws are 8 percent less likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer than those that don’t. With more than two decades of data, those who support smoking bans in public places finally have documented proof of what they have been saying all along — protecting people from second-hand smoke can, and will, save lives.

  • Editorial: Innovation and taking chances are how drama has survived

    Next summer “The Stephen Foster Story” will celebrate its 60th season.

    It also marks 17 years since the concept of a second show was conceived. Through the years there have been numerous efforts to fine-tune the drama at the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre. For a time it was even rebranded as “Stephen Foster — The Musical,” but the decision to start offering a second musical concurrent with the regular production, beginning in 2001, was perhaps the boldest innovation of all.

  • Editorial: New city pawn law should help protect property

    The addiction epidemic in our area has both direct and secondary effects. Obvious direct effects include increased drug charges and overdoses. A secondary effect is property crime.

    Ask most police or prosecutors, and they will tell you that 80-90 percent of crime is tied to drugs, including most thefts, car break-ins and burglaries. Any property owner is a potential target.

    While thieves might go to a flea market or some other outlet to turn their purloined goods into cash, one quick and ready source is pawn shops.

  • EDITORIAL: Author can help all of us teach kids about the tough stuff

    Being a parent in the world we live in can be tough.

    Having to explain why active shooter drills exist in kindergarten is tough.

    Having to explain body autonomy to a kid who giggles at every word is tough.

    Having to talk about why they can’t roam more freely in department stores or walk without holding a hand can be heartbreaking.

  • EDITORIAL: Maple Hill improving, deserves some love from city

    Residents of Maple Hill received a message of hope in November, when one of their own neighbors bought the building at 709 W. Stephen Foster Ave. The building, known as the Broken Tee Nite Club building, has been a thorn in the side of many residents — not just from aesthetic purposes but also because of the alleged illegal activity and disregard or lack of enforcement of city laws.

  • Editorial: Position of constable no longer serves its intended purpose

    A few years ago in this space, this board opined about how the elected position of constable was an anachronism, a job out of time.

    It may have been a necessity back in the day, before modern roads and modern police staffing. It even had its duties — one of the chief ones being to oversee local farmers’ castration needs for their livestock, or the disposal of deceased livestock, or just putting down a “mad dog.” Also included in those duties is the constitutional power of arrest, the same as any county sheriff in Kentucky.

  • Editorial: We should all be ‘St. Joseph proud’

    In mid-November, students and staff at St. Joseph Elementary School celebrated a national award. The private school was among those selected this year as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

    The Blue Ribbon program brings attention to schools that prove all students are capable of meeting high academic standards. It honors the achievements of students in every grade, but also recognizes and applauds the work done by teachers and administrators to help students reach their goals.

  • EDITORIAL: Dreamers deserve citizenship, voters want it, Washington leaders need to act

    Tuesday marks the halfway mark of the six-month deadline Congress has to ensure the future of many of our neighbors and friends who are Americans in all but name.

    On Sept. 5, President Donald Trump canceled the Obama-era program of Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals that shielded undocumented immigrants from deportation. The program offered temporary protection for “Dreamers,” those undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, many of whom know of no other life or country than America.

  • Editorial: Tax increase on tobacco just adds up

    How does Kentucky overcome a challenge that seems insurmountable? How can we eliminate a cultural touchstone that seems so ingrained into who we are as a state that some feel it is impossible to remove?

    Simple. We take a stand and implement strong measures that are essentially proven to save lives.

    That is exactly what has been proposed by a coalition of more than 100 health care, business, education and advocacy groups that make up the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow.

  • EDITORIAL: Engaged citizens encouraged to step up to fill empty school board seat

    Once again the Nelson County School Board is faced with another distraction Following board member David Norman’s resignation of his position Nov. 14.