• Editorial: News delivery has changed over past two decades, but core values persist

    Twenty years ago this month, The Kentucky Standard launched its first website.

    Little did the decision-makers at the local community paper realize just how different this new era would be for the news industry, both on the national level and the local levels. The Standard was one of the earliest community newspapers to dip its toe online.

  • Editorial: Easy answers often elude when senseless tragedy strikes

    A boy is dead over, if what media reports are correct, about $10 worth of pot.

    The community is justified to ask, how does something like this happen?

    Violence related to drugs is nothing new, even in small towns like Bardstown. But this is not your “typical” drug violence.

    Police say Cameron Williamson was shot and killed during a planned early morning robbery Monday. They believe the four suspects planned to lure the 17-year-old boy under the premise they wanted to buy some marijuana from him, then spring the ambush on him.

  • EDITORIAL: Casey’s Law great resource in fight against drug addiction

    No one wants to be an addict when she or he grows up. No one wakes up in the morning and says, “I think I’ll overdose today.”

    But these things happen anyway. The grip of addiction is strong. And one of the hardest things to do is watch those you love lose their families, their jobs, their friends, their homes, their savings and even their lives to addiction. None of us wants to stand idly by as that happens.

  • EDITORIAL: Your thanks and appreciation are the best gifts

    They give us life, carrying us inside themselves until we can face the world on the outside. They go through physical trauma to deliver us. They feed us. They comfort us when we cry. They Band-Aid our boo-boos. They cook and clean. They work — whether it’s outside the home or within its walls — to help keep our families afloat. They sacrifice so we don’t have to. They’re the glue that keeps everything together. They teach us — sometimes with words, but more often by example. They love us unconditionally.

  • EDITORIAL: Painted rocks offer exercise, creativity and inspiration

    Fads come and go, and there’s a laundry list of different ones, such as mood rings, Pokemon Go, acid-wash jeans, etc., that capture the fancy of folks for a time, then drift away, only for another to take its place.

    The hunt for painted rocks is the latest, and here’s hoping we see this one last a while.

  • EDITORIAL: $85,000 for investigation is money well spent

    Elections have consequences.

    Looking back to last November’s Bardstown City Council election, the outcome was the beginning of the end for Mayor John Royalty’s “bull in a China shop” administration.

  • Editorial: GOP places optics over substance in health care reform

    Last week’s celebration in the Rose Garden with President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers was a sham that proves for many “representatives” in Washington that health care reform is less about the substance and more about the optics.

    It was the culmination of public relations over policy.

  • Editorial: Naloxone training is no cure, but does save lives

    Typically the human body can break down the substances we put in it — legal or otherwise. When a person overdoses, however, the body can’t detoxify itself fast enough, and once a threshold is reached, it begins to shut down.

    So what happens when someone overdoses on an opiate, such as heroin?

  • EDITORIAL: The choice to be an organ donor can be your lasting legacy

    On Wednesday, at 4:50 p.m., there were 118,027 people in the United States waiting for a lifesaving transplant, according to the United Network of Organ Sharing.

    That number will change every 10 minutes as more men, women and children are added to the list, and some who have been waiting for months and years will be fortunate enough to finally be matched with a lifesaving donor. In fact, 33,608 people were recipients of lifesaving organ transplants in 2016.

  • Editorial: Bike route would add to county’s quality of life

    A proposed bike route through Cox’s Creek could bring a big bang for a relatively few bucks.

    Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts has included $20,000 in his proposal for next year’s budget that would fund three short, bike-friendly paths that would connect the old 31E roadway once the new road is completed this fall. That would create nearly 10 potential miles for area cyclists to bike in a safer environment.