• Bloomfield's past is being reborn

    Bloomfield has a lot of which to be proud.

    Nestled in the northern section of the county, community pride lives and people feel a part of the community — a community of fewer than 1,000 people.

    Though small, it is a place rich in history and intent on preserving that history for future residents.

  • Heart disease stats are alarming

    During February, which is American Heart Month, we are reminded of the toll heart disease takes on our country each year. The statistics are terrifying.

    According to the American Heart Association, nearly 2,400 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day — an average of one death every 37 seconds.

    Coronary heart disease caused one of every five deaths (451,326 deaths) in the United States in 2004.

    About every 26 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about every minute, someone will die from one.

  • Canceled kickoff a heartbreaker

    The cancellation of Tuesday’s Lincoln Bicentennial kickoff was a heartbreaker for everyone who had put a great deal of effort into making sure the day went off without a hitch.

    Mother Nature, unfortunately, didn’t play along.

    The kickoff event was several years in the making, and officials at Abraham Lincoln National Historic Site in Hodgenville had said it would take place regardless of the weather. First Lady Laura Bush, actor Sam Waterston and Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne were confirmed speakers. As many as 8,000 people were expected to attend.

  • Lewis should keep apologizing

    What was he thinking?

    For 13 years, Second District Congressman Ron Lewis seemingly checked in with Kentucky GOP Grand Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell about everything from what color socks to wear in the morning to the question of one ply or two in the office loo. Then in a fit of independent thinking, he hatches a scheme to back door his chief aide as his likely successor.

  • Good police work resulted in arrest

    A combination of good police work, pride, luck and timing resulted in an almost TV plot telescoping of justice last week in Nelson County.

  • Time to increase the cigarette tax

    Here is a solid yes, with an exclamation point, to the increase in the cigarette tax the General Assembly is considering.

    The gig is up on cigs. Why there is so much controversy surrounding doing the right thing, in the year 2008, is beyond us. Given sharp revenue shortfalls and probable deep cuts in necessary services, Kentucky is in an unenviable position and it is time to start clawing out of the hole. Even if we were in good times, which we are not, a decent hike in the cigarette tax is justifiable. The average tax among the 50 states has been more than $1 for several years.

  • Habitat is chance

    What could be better than eating and raising money for a good cause?

    Not much, judging from the record number of people who came out last week for the annual Tasting Bash to benefit the area’s Habitat for Humanity project.

    About $3,000 was raised during the yearly sampling event that brings out restaurants, churches and groups for the cause of helping those in need.

    The tri-county Habitat for Humanity rotates where the house will be built each year. This year, the home will be built for a Nelson County family.

  • E-cycling is the wave of future

    By the time you purchase an electronic device off the shelf, a new, improved version is already in the works. Tech junkies can’t resist buying the updated replacement, and companies and organizations often find that it can help them operate more efficiently.

    The result is leftover cell phones, MP3 players, monitors, etc., which sometimes include components that can’t be safely discarded, such as lithium batteries. These cast-aways also include materials that can be recycled.

  • Thank a farmer for low food cost

    Food Check-Out Week is a time to “celebrate the affordability of food in America,” according to information distributed by the American Farm Bureau Federation. It marks the point in the new year — 40 days in — at which Americans have earned enough money to pay for a year’s worth of food.

  • Everyone wins with drug court

    All of us are occasionally guilty of poor judgment. Some of the resulting mistakes are worse than others. Those involving illegal drugs are among the worst.

    We often write people off when they are convicted on a drug charge and think there’s no hope for their future. We think of recidivism rates and assume they will succumb to the drug that got them into trouble in the first place. Or, we wonder how people allow themselves to get involved with something they should know cannot possibly end well.