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Editorials

  • Editorial: Trashy eyesore shouldn’t tarnish city’s tourism reputation

    While the city clings to its small-town charm and roots — justifiably so — the fact is that Bardstown has become one of Kentucky and the Midwest’s and Southeast’s top tourism destinations, with our deep history and the bourbon industry being chief draws.

    We want nothing more than for the city to put its best face forward to greet those out-of-town guests, who we hope will return home from a fun visit and encourage their friends and family to visit us in the future.

  • Editorial: County joining opioid lawsuit is justified

    Nelson County magistrates have agreed to join 36 other counties in suing synthetic opioid drug distributors.

    The civil suit is seeking to obtain a legal settlement to recover financial losses that Kentucky counties have incurred because of prescription opioid abuse.

  • Editorial: Preparation needed as bourbon boom rolls

    Last week’s announcement by the Stoli Group to build its new Kentucky Owl Park facility on the 420 acres that now hosts the Cedar Creek Quarry represents something of a gauntlet being thrown down for the city of Bardstown and its growing bourbon tourism industry.

    It’s fantastic news, but the question is, are we ready to handle it?

  • Editorial: Kentucky teachers have earned their right to protest

    Pension reform is not a sexy topic, and it’s one that past Kentucky governors and legislators deliberately chose to avoid for political purposes.

    While we all knew that fixing Kentucky’s pension problems would be clearly painful for all Kentuckians, Gov. Matt Bevin has taken the proverbial bull by the horns and pushed state legislators for action.

  • EDITORIAL: County blessed to have our first-responder chaplains

    Nelson County has been blessed by having four seasoned, first-responder chaplains working with law enforcement officers, EMTs and area fire departments.

    Karl Lusk, Eldon Morgan, Terry Troutman and Tom Mobley are experienced ministers who volunteer their time and talents to assist the public and the first responders themselves when tragedies strike.

  • EDITORIAL: NelCASA’s recognition of Dawson is more than merited

    NelCASA is an organization vital to our community. It provides trained advocates to help our children as they navigate through the legal system. The nonprofit organization’s only mission is to work on behalf of the children. And without one man, it’s likely that organization wouldn’t exist here or at the very least, it wouldn’t be as fine-tuned and time-tested as it is.

    Former District Judge Tom Dawson started the Nelson County NelCASA chapter in 1985 as the first of its kind in the state.

  • Editorial: More women should consider running for office

    The Nelson County Clerk’s Office will be busy this coming Wednesday as Nov. 8 is the first official day for candidates to file for the 2018 election. While there are two candidates, Ramon Pineiroa and Kaelen Matthews, who have already announced their intent to run for Nelson County sheriff, there will be other candidates filing for local and state elections on Wednesday or soon after.

  • Editorial: Cooperation in public’s interest

    One might call it the first steps toward reconciliation between the city and county governments.

    That was the spirit of an Oct. 19 meeting between the Bardstown City Council and Nelson County Fiscal Court.

    The two legislative bodies and executives met for lunch at the Public Library and talked about ways their governments can work together for the benefit of the citizens they serve.

  • EDITORIAL: Nelson County fall events flourished in October — and the month’s not over

    There has been no shortage of things to do around the county in October.

    Events included a range of options from long-standing traditions to new settings for family fun.

  • EDITORIAL: Fegenbush earned Farmers Hall of Fame recognition

    Some overdue recognition was bestowed earlier this month when the Nelson County Farm Bureau named Maurice “Apple” Fegenbush to the group’s “Farmers Hall of Fame.”

    Fegenbush got his nickname, “Apple,” honestly. Growing up in Jefferson County he helped his folks operate “The Apple Shack” in Louisville.