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Editorials

  • Kiwanis auction is a win for all

    The 48th annual Kiwanis Radio Auction will be a week from Sunday on WBRT, 1320 AM and once again participants will have a chance to buy donated items at “an auction price” and help the many good causes supported by Bardstown’s oldest civic club.

    The auction will be 1-6 p.m. and will again originate from the Conway-Heaton showroom. This is the club’s major fundraiser of the year and has been since it started in the early 1960s, replacing a variety show.

  • Tasers would be good police tools

    Tasers for the Bardstown Police Department are a good idea and we encourage the City Council to give Chief Charles Marksbury the green light to purchase them.

    One hears pros and cons on the use of tasers, but the facts are they are in widespread use throughout the country and it is high time Bardstown police have use of this technology. The chief sensibly is requesting three such tasers, one for each shift. We should think that if they prove effective, eventually it would not be out of the ordinary for each and every patrol officer to have one.

  • Drug problem affects all of us

    It’s been said it takes a village to raise a child. If that’s true, it must take an entire community to rid that village of illegal drugs.

    If all of us work together, those taking part in the manufacturing and distribution of illegal drugs may find it just a little harder to do business. If nothing else, we could protect ourselves from inadvertently being exposed to the hazardous waste produced by some illegal drug operations.

  • Third on Third to benefit downtown

    There are hopes the third Friday of each month will be special for businesses in and around Third Street in Bardstown.

    A new initiative, born through a partnership between Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist Commission and the Downtown Promotions group, is bringing special events to the downtown area each third Friday of the month.

    Designed to increase foot traffic to those area businesses, the Third on Third events will allow local residents and tourists to explore the downtown area with the added bonus of having a little something special on the venue.

  • Participate this Election Day

    If you’ve watched any television lately, read any newspaper, listened to any radio station or just chatted with friends, the upcoming presidential election was bound to be a topic at one point or another.

  • Cuts loom after budget passes

    The budget passed by the General Assembly is cause for high anxiety in various quarters among service providers on the receiving end of funding, including school administrators and school boards which soon will soon be forced to deal with budget cuts. Education Commissioner Jon Draud issued a plea for lawmakers to find more revenue. Specifically, he noted significant cuts to after-school tutoring, teacher development, and school safety programs — where funding was sliced by as much as 50 percent.

  • Post office does "bronze" work

    The Bardstown Post Office employees were recognized Thursday morning at their workplace for receiving the highest “satisfaction” marks for four quarters in a row in a survey conducted locally by the Gallup Organization. The Five Star “Bronze Level” rating recognizes efficiency, accuracy and consistency of delivery and the amount of time customers are forced to wait in line. Bardstown Postmaster Cindy Beasley said she is proud of the recognition for her employees.

  • Rotary exchange helps relations

    Bardstown Rotary Club member Tommy Reed knows the value of Rotary International’s Work Study Exchange. Two years ago he led a group of young professionals to France. Reed, a charter member of the Bardstown civic club is coordinating a weeklong visit by a group from Japan under the auspices of Rotary.The Bardstown club has helped host other delegations from India, Denmark and Great Britain. The idea is simple. Pair up people from other countries with American families and let them tour work places similar to where they earn their livings.

  • 200 years and still going

    The Diocese of Bardstown kicks off its bicentennial celebration Tuesday with a day of prayer.

    It’s quite an accomplishment for any religious organization to reach that milestone. It’s even more exciting that the Diocese began in Bardstown, a town already steeped in history.

  • Budget can be good or bad

    Coming out of Frankfort, good budget or bad budget? It all depends on one’s perspective. Given the sour economy, however, some belt tightening in government is in our best interest, although such maneuvering is never accomplished without pain. Certainly the private sector is seeing a fair share of contraction.