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Editorials

  • Officers deserve our gratitude

    When people drink or take drugs to the point of intoxication and make the decision to drive anyway, they are a threat to anyone on the road. The number of innocent people who lose their lives to impaired drivers tragically increases every day.

    The officers dedicated to spotting and arresting drunk drivers deserve our admiration and thanks, and three Nelson County officers got just that recently at the state level.

  • KBF director has big shoes to fill

    Twenty years ago the Bourbon Festival was just a glint of an idea in the minds of a few people. A similar concept had been tried and fell short in Anderson County and there were plenty of skeptics who thought Bardstown’s dreams of hosting such an event was beyond the available resources.

  • Preservation of history is needed

    Historical preservation is near and dear to most hearts in Bardstown and Nelson County so it is with great anticipation that we welcome Pen Bogert as the new preservation administrator for the Planning Commission and the City of Bardstown.

    Bogert is a relative newcomer, having been here just four short years, but he will bring to the job virtually a lifetime of passion and love for history and preservation. Among his past involvements include working for a decade as a reference specialist with the prestigious Filson Historical Society in Louisville.

  • Firefighters are rare, special breed

    Those who serve others in their community are a rare breed and should be honored.

    Firefighters fit that category of service that should be honored as such.

    For many serving in communities such as Bardstown, serving as a firefighter means serving as a volunteer. Theirs is rarely a job of rewards. They do the job for a love of the experience and for the desire to lend a hand to the community where they live.

  • Jobs lost may not mean workers lost

    Anytime a company is forced to downsize to meet current needs is an unpleasant situation.

    Last week Mitsuba, formerly Jideco of Bardstown, announced it would reduce its workforce by 40 beginning next year — reducing its workforce by 13 percent. Some jobs may be cut through attrition or early retirement, but others will lose their jobs.

    While we hate to see this happen, sadly it’s a reality of today’s business world.

    Hopefully those losing their job will find new employment in the county and be able to remain in the place they now call home.

  • Response was swift, needed

    Saturday’s tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of a Louisville doctor and his wife is another reminder how much Nelson County depends on volunteers to provide essential services in times of emergency.

    This time it was the Northeast Nelson Fire Department responding to the call. It could just have easily been members of the Boston, New Haven-Rolling Fork, New Hope or Bardstown-Nelson County Departments. The latter is the only department with a few paid members but still relies on volunteers for the bulk of coverage.

  • Tourism benefits entire county

    Tourists bring more than curiosity about what an area has to offer and they need more than entertainment and souvenirs. They also need somewhere to eat, a place to rest and fuel for their vehicles. They leave some of their money and return from whence they came to spread the word about the good time they had.

    Thus, all communities should capitalize on their tourism opportunities. The newly formed Northeast Nelson Community Development Agency realizes that.

  • Now it's time for school to heal

    Dr. Paul Schum has stepped down as principal of Bethlehem High School.

    The news came down Thursday that because of his current legal woes and the effect it is having on the staff and students of Bethlehem, he was resigning from the school’s top post. We believe that is a wise decision.

  • Preserving energy is everyone's job

    New reports surface almost daily about the toll our carbon footprint is taking on the environment. Our reliance on fossil fuels paints a scary picture for Earth’s future. The science is reputable, and the problem cannot be ignored any longer.

    Small-town America has been guilty in the past of thinking only metropolitan areas need to take action to reverse the effects of global warming. We are fortunate that leaders in Nelson County are not of that mindset.

  • Temporary fix needed to be done

    It was a job performed well; completed in a timely fashion.

    That about sums up the transportation cabinet’s response to potholes on the Blue Grass Parkway’s east-bound ramp off U.S. 150/Springfield Road.