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Editorials

  • Hospital's change will strengthen it

    The latest change to the governing structure at Flaget Memorial Hospital is a reflection of the complicated task of delivering quality health-care services in the 21st century.

    Smaller hospitals all over the country have formed alliances, partnerships and associations with larger facilities and each other in an effort to take advantage of combined resources. The tradeoff is a diminishing of local control, but running a hospital these days is a far cry from how things were when the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth first established the Bardstown hospital.

  • Development slump won't be permanent

    After almost two decades of “go-go” growth in the building of single-family houses in Nelson County, we have experienced our second year of declining numbers.

    Perhaps that is why some local developers have been so sensitive about the proposed tightening of regulations governing where and how subdivisions should be built.

  • New central office shows off growth

    As Nelson County Schools central office employees settle into their new office on Wildcat Lane, passersby see evidence of a school system on the move.

    The district had outgrown its former facility on Cardinal Drive, where it had been since 1988. It had such little space that staff often had to use the high school for board meetings. The new office, on Wildcat Lane, has conference rooms and more storage space for technology, files, etc.

    “The district has just grown and grown,” Jan Lantz, superintendent, said. “We just needed more space.”

  • We should follow Dr. King's lead

    In his attempt to improve others’ quality of life, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lost his. Although he died almost 40 years ago, the many ways he benefited American society live on.

    It was fitting that St. Monica Catholic Church was filled Monday with those who wanted to celebrate his life and legacy with scripture, song and instruction.

    The Rev. Bruce Shaw Sr., Pleasant View Baptist Church, Louisville, brought the message and urged the crowd to consciously work to strengthen our country, which starts with strengthening the family.

  • Thanks, and welcome home

    A million prayers and more were answered Monday as the 146 remaining members of Bardstown’s C Battery, 2nd 138th Army National Guard Unit returned home from Iraq — with no fatalities and no serious injuries.

  • County to shine again for group

    The last time Bardstown hosted the Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference was 1993. The organizers are still talking about the way the community came together to welcome the participants and make the three-day event one of the best ever.

    Some 15 years later, they are hoping for a repeat performance, and to that end are looking for input from groups and individuals in shaping programming for the Sept. 4, 5 and 6 conference.

  • City school system seeks memorabilia

    This year, the Bardstown City School System celebrates 100 years.

    For a century, the school system has had the task of educating Bardstown’s children and readying them for the road ahead.

    In those 100 years, the education system has changed drastically. But the basic principals remain intact — educating our youth.

  • Immigration issue reaches far, wide

    Most of us have no clue as to the complexities of the movement of illegal aliens throughout this country and even less insight as to how federal authorities go about rounding up some of them.

    But, in a nation of 12 million to 15 million illegals, with more arriving daily, and an estimated 2 million of those already here being convicted criminals, one can bet the task is daunting.

  • Drug task force is needed operation

    A Bloomfield man was indicted this week on meth and marijuana charges after officers raided his home on Murphy Lane.

    The bust was possible after an on-going investigation by the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force. The group, with headquarters in Elizabethtown, is manned by police officers from multiple counties including Nelson. The Nelson County Sheriff’s Department and the Bardstown Police Department have officers on the task force who serve this county.

  • Traffic light was a needed addition

    Friday, people who live along Plum Run Road/Murray Run Road and Old Nazareth Road received a priceless gift from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet — a traffic signal.

    Motorists who have risked their lives for decades making a turn at the intersections are no doubt more thankful for the realignment of the roadway and the placement of an honest to goodness traffic signal than they are for the additional lanes that will soon be available.