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Editorials

  • Editorial: The spotlight fades and lawmakers turn attention away from responsible legislation

    It took just a little over three weeks for what seemed a Washington miracle to evaporate.

    Most of us, including the majority of congressmen, learned less than a month ago what a bump stock was, following the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1 that is, for now, the deadliest mass shooting in American history. In a matter of minutes, 58 were dead and 546 wounded.

  • EDITORIAL: Being aware of breast cancer is more than pink ribbons

    It’s October, which means everything is pink.

    It’s everywhere — T-shirts, sunglasses, cereal boxes, yogurt, the socks of every athlete from middle school to the NFL.

    But that color and those tiny ribbons are not all-inclusive awareness.

    Yes, they’re “pretty.” At their inception, they probably did make us aware of breast cancer. They probably did make us stop and think about people whose lives were impacted. But now, we gloss right over them. They’re trendy. They’re “just another thing.”

  • EDITORIAL: Achievements by women in business should be celebrated

    The business field used to be a man’s world, but times have changed. Today, there is a growing movement of women who are starting their own businesses or moving up the ladder into top CEO roles. This week, National Business Women’s Week, is a time to honor the contributions of working women while calling attention to women entrepreneurs and women business leaders who have shattered glass ceilings.

  • EDITORIAL: NCSO Citizens Police Academy offers valuable perspective

    In the spring, the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office held its first Citizens Police Academy. Those who participated in the experience shared the enlightenment and education gained during the course. They encouraged their friends and neighbors to go through the program. And anyone who missed the first class recently had a second opportunity to take part. The second class started Oct. 9.

    The courses include hands-on experiences and education about policing taught through classroom training, discussion, multimedia presentations, demonstrations and practical exercises.

  • EDITORIAL: Zoning questions from both sides deserve their day in court

    There is little doubt that one of the factors involved in Rand McNally and USA Today naming Bardstown Most Beautiful Small Town in America in 2012 was our historic district.

    The overlay district was established more than 50 years ago and was the first of its kind in Kentucky and, with only a few exceptions, it has kept the exteriors of structures inside the district in compliance with accepted federal standards for preservation.

  • EDITORIAL: Waldorf’s dedication will truly be missed

    Like a lot of so-called “brought-ins,” when Jim Waldorf moved his family to Bardstown in the early 1970s, he embraced his new community with open arms.

    Unlike a lot of newcomers, that embrace morphed into something all-encompassing, with Waldorf donating thousands of volunteer hours over four and a half decades to make his adopted community a better place, not just for his children, but all of its children.

  • Opinion: Facing a dilemma: Cooperation and competition

    By Michael Quigley

  • Editorial: Copeland settlement while unfortunate, was the right call

    The Bardstown City Council recently agreed to settle with City Councilwoman Kecia Copeland to the tune of $40,000 to avoid what could have been a very costly lawsuit.

  • Editorial: Pursuit of criminal charges appropriate in Royalty case

    John Royalty’s legal issues deepened last Wednesday when a Nelson County grand jury indicted him on criminal charges that include one felony and three misdemeanors.

    Royalty was removed from office in April in an administrative quasi-judicial proceeding where the Bardstown City Council acted as the jury. It found, after two days of testimony and a months-long investigation by its hired attorney, that Royalty had abused his authority as mayor in an effort to damage a political opponent.

  • EDITORIAL: When should we talk about gun violence, Senator McConnell?

    Mass shootings are not the price we pay for freedom, they’re the price we pay for gutless politicians.

    Case in point: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, echoing other Republicans, says it’s too early to talk about how Congress could prevent bloodbaths like the one Sunday in Las Vegas where a heavily-armed sniper, shooting from the 13th floor of a hotel, killed 59 people and injured more than 520.