• 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.

  • Taxpayers should not pay for politics

    Political advertising is usually offensive enough, but when it comes on the backs of taxpayers it downright turns our stomach.

    It’s that time of year and our first brochure has arrived in the mail. Boy, is it slick. Printed in full color and on nice stock paper, this is what one might call a humdinger.

  • Budget issues just part of list

    Get ready for some belt tightening in Kentucky government and its varied programs and services, as the state braces for declines in revenues.

  • Fiscal Court sends a message

    Tuesday morning Nelson Fiscal Court delivered a stinging blow to efforts to bring some reason into how we are handling growth and the pressure to develop more and more of our land.

    The 5-to-1 vote was all the more puzzling because two of those voting against adoption of recommended changes were members of the Planning and Zoning Technical Committee who had been meeting a couple of times a month during the past three years to find consensus about what reforms were needed to protect the interest of the public and developers.

  • Post Office site will do area good

    The announcement by the Postal Service selecting the 500 block of West Stephen Foster for the retail outlet for the Bardstown Post Office was not a big surprise.

    Late last year the real estate arm of the service had announced it had narrowed its choices to two sites.

    In an editorial at the time we said we hoped the site closest to downtown would be chosen because it is important to maintain core services in the core area of a community. That said we can see some positives for the site selected.

  • Nominate your favorite choice

    Nominations are being sought for the 2007 Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce Man and Woman of the Year.

    Last year Bill McCloskey and Dixie Hibbs were honored with the Man and Woman of the Year titles, respectively.

    McCloskey, known as a true friend to the farmer, is an analyst with the Governor’s office of Agricultural Policy. He has worked on several agricultural-related issues and has volunteered his time through groups such as the tourist commission, the dairy council, a Kentucky agri-tourism advisory council and served on the Chamber board of directors.

  • Coffee chats get up close, personal

    When David Floyd was first elected 50th District State Representative he considered holding some group Saturday morning sessions with constituents during sessions of the legislature as some of his predecessors had but instead opted to go one-on-one with citizens at a variety of locations. It was a wise choice.

  • It's time to enact a smoking ban

    From Ashland to Paducah and from Northern Kentucky to Paintsville, smoking bans of one type or another are in place in cities and counties throughout the commonwealth. That begs the question: When are our progressive city and county governments going to show the courage in enacting more enlightened anti-smoking provisions here in Bardstown and Nelson County?