• OPINION: Bottom line: We need more money to operate


    Community Columnist


    The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky is now in session.

    “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session,” according to Gideon John Tucker, a 19th century lawyer, newspaper editor, and politician from New York. I suppose that gives him enough credentials to know what he was talking about.

  • EDITORIAL: New partnership between farmers and fire department might save a life

    Farming is dangerous work and hazards can sometimes lurk in unexpected places. Grain bins are a good example.

    Thanks to a donation from a local farm couple the Northeast Nelson Fire Protection District is now equipped to respond to grain bin entrapment situations. These emergencies are more common than a non-farmer might think. In 2016 there were two dozen such incidents nationally, resulting in 12 deaths.

    Being able to respond quickly with the right equipment and training is key when a fire department responds to such an emergency.

  • EDITORIAL: Local bar owners stepped up with revival of ‘Shop with a Cop’

    Credit Robyn Thomas of Mammy’s Kitchen for bringing back the Shop with a Cop program and making Christmas a lot brighter for seven disadvantaged Nelson County families.

    The project is organized by the Old Kentucky Home Fraternal Order of Police. After a several-year hiatus, Robyn decided it was time to bring back the Bardstown “Christmas Crawl.” Tito’s Vodka was an underwriting sponsor.

  • EDITORIAL: Mattingly’s retirement result of lawmakers’ pension inaction

    We knew it was coming, but it was a year earlier than expected.

    Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly announced this month he would retire in January, one year ahead of schedule, and said his reason was the uncertainty over how Kentucky’s pension crisis might affect his future financial footing.

    Mattingly had planned on retiring after his term was up at the end of 2018. After four years as sheriff, he was ready to turn the page to the next chapter in his life. His service to the community will be missed.

  • Editorial: The show must go on at Stephen Foster

    Anyone viewing the color photos attached to a scathing state inspection report concerning the backstage area of the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre at My Old Kentucky Home State Park would be compelled to agree with the decision to put the facility off limits to the public and the staff.

    The pictures are a regular horror show of rotted wood and jury-rigged wiring with Band-Aid makeshift repairs. Ungrounded electric wires running alongside audio wires were found in several locations.

  • Editorial: Business owners, residents should work together to find a solution

    The recent announcement that Woodlawn Springs Golf Course owners want to close the golf course and convert the property into residential building lots has not gone over well in the Woodlawn community.

  • EDITORIAL: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    From the Editorial Page of The New York Sun, written by Francis P. Church, Sept. 21, 1897.

    We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

    Dear Editor:

    I am 8 years old.

    Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.”

    Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

    Virginia O’Hanlon

  • EDITORIAL: Local workforce has an opportunity to reinvent itself

    This year was already a banner year for economic development in Bardstown and Nelson County, as the distilling and auto parts manufacturing industries have remained strong and growing.

    Last week, more good news came in the form of an announcement by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and state and local economic development officials that Bardstown would be the site of the first U.S. operation for the Takigawa Corporation, a Japanese company specializing in producing flexible packaging and high-performance films.

  • EDITORIAL: Anniversary of tragedy is time to recall those lost

    One hundred years ago today, Christmas was ruined for many in the Bardstown and Nelson County community.

  • Now is the time to enact a Nelson County smoking ban

    A recent study released by the University of Kentucky proves that Kentucky communities with strong smoking ban laws are 8 percent less likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer than those that don’t. With more than two decades of data, those who support smoking bans in public places finally have documented proof of what they have been saying all along — protecting people from second-hand smoke can, and will, save lives.