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Editorials

  • Bourbon industry continues strong

    Thousands came out last weekend for the 17th annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival.

    While many turned out to see what the festival had to offer, others showed up because of their love for bourbon.

  • Bethlehem team deserves praise

    Bethlehem's boys soccer team stamped itself as a st"All A" Classic State Cup title in the past three years.

    The last time the Eagles won the small-school crown in 2006, the win set the tone for the most successful season in school history, which included a win over state power St. Xavier during a run to the quarterfinals of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association state tournament.

  • CATS scores show progress

    Nelson County residents are fortunate to have not only one outstanding public school system, but two. The Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS) scores for the 2007-08 biennium prove it.

    All Bardstown City and Nelson County schools met their goals or made progress. Students, teachers, parents and administrators deserve a hearty pat on the back for their hard work.

  • Hats off to a successful festival

    Thousands of people once again found their way to Bardstown and Nelson County this weekend for the 17th annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival.

    A week of great weather helped to bring the festival to a near record number in attendance. As hundreds filled the lawn Friday, Saturday and Sunday even more showed up at the weekday events and weekend festivities.

  • New Haven was right to raise taxes

    Sometimes a legislative body just needs to do the right thing regardless of the political consequences.

    The New Haven Board of Commissioners last week bit the bullet and passed a small tax increase to assure that the community's services would meet expectations. Contrast their action with the majority of the Bardstown City Council earlier this month in voting against the recommendation of Chief Financial Officer Mike Abell and voting down a modest increase on personal property an action that will have an impact on the city budget.

  • Fire issue needs to be resolved

    It is past time for Nelson County to take a hard look at the way the community funds our fire departments.

  • Register for organ donation

    Even for those whose faith is unshakable, the thought of dying can be unsettling. But die we will, ready or not, and preparation is a must.

    Preparing for the end of life should involve signing one’s driver’s license to be an organ donor and registering at www.donatelifeky.org. Jenny Miller Jones, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) director of education, put it perfectly when she said it is the greatest legacy we can leave.

  • Raising taxes is needed at times

    We’re crossing our fingers that Bardstown City Council didn’t miss the boat last week when it refused to raise personal property taxes.

    By a 4-2 vote, the Council decided to keep personal property tax stagnant for the upcoming year even though the decision meant the city would find itself in the hole by more than $20,000 than the year before. The reason — there is less personal property to tax.

  • Raising taxes is needed at times

    We're crossing our fingers that Bardstown City Council didn't miss the boat last week when it refused to raise personal property taxes.

    By a 4-2 vote, the Council decided to keep personal property tax stagnant for the upcoming year even though the decision meant the city would find itself in the hole by more than $20,000 than the year before. The reason — there is less personal property to tax.

  • Race challenges didn't stop it

    This year's "Bourbon City Challenge," which was last Sunday in the area around Samuels Field, Sympson Lake and west Bardstown, had a pair of major challenges. First, the organizers, led by former Standard Reporter Bob White, lacked a major sponsor and had to scramble to figure out how to pay the bills without serious underwriting. The participants in the run, paddle and peddle competition faced wind gusts of more than 50 mph during the early afternoon dodging falling limbs and being pushed backward and sideways.