• Editorial: Business owners, residents should work together to find a solution

    The recent announcement that Woodlawn Springs Golf Course owners want to close the golf course and convert the property into residential building lots has not gone over well in the Woodlawn community.

  • EDITORIAL: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    From the Editorial Page of The New York Sun, written by Francis P. Church, Sept. 21, 1897.

    We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

    Dear Editor:

    I am 8 years old.

    Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.”

    Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

    Virginia O’Hanlon

  • EDITORIAL: Local workforce has an opportunity to reinvent itself

    This year was already a banner year for economic development in Bardstown and Nelson County, as the distilling and auto parts manufacturing industries have remained strong and growing.

    Last week, more good news came in the form of an announcement by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and state and local economic development officials that Bardstown would be the site of the first U.S. operation for the Takigawa Corporation, a Japanese company specializing in producing flexible packaging and high-performance films.

  • EDITORIAL: Anniversary of tragedy is time to recall those lost

    One hundred years ago today, Christmas was ruined for many in the Bardstown and Nelson County community.

  • 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.