• EDITORIAL: Eclipse fever is building, but watch with care

    Monday afternoon, all eyes are going to be on the sky, and that is not necessarily a good thing.

    Trying to view the eclipse directly, without proper eye protection, can result in permanent damage or even total blindness.

  • EDITORIAL: Event raises funds, offers fun for pets and owners alike

    This weekend, the Bardstown City Pool is going to the dogs, literally, and it’s great.

    In its first five years, the Dippin’ Dogs event has raised $20,000 for local canine charities — the Nelson County Humane Society, Bourbon City Bark Park, Pawsville and Barktown Rescue. This year, organizers hope to add another $5,000 to that total.

  • EDITORIAL: Dog owners have responsibility to control their pets

    Owning a dog is a lot of responsibility, and one of those duties is to keep it under the owner’s control.

    Nelson County has what is commonly referred to as a “leash law.” While that law does not literally mean that an animal must be on a leash constantly, it does require that a dog remain under the control of its owner at all times.

    Unfortunately, too many area residents are unaware of these requirements, and others either fail or flout the law.

  • EDITORIAL: Immigration laws should factor in compassion and families

    Most Americans would likely agree that federal laws and policies should not harm families.

    But that is exactly what is taking place with the federal government’s emphasis on deporting undocumented immigrants, as illustrated by a Bardstown man’s forced removal to Mexico late last month.

    Erick Alberto Cortez Olvera came to this country when he was 15 years old, and lived here for 20 years. He met and fell in love with a local woman, whom he married and has two children with. He has also acted as a father to her oldest son.

  • Editorial: School taxes and feedback are important

    Local taxes can make up the majority of the funding — sometimes as much as half — that is available for our schools. With all the cuts in school funding on the state and national levels in recent years, and the general budget cutting that has been felt by all of us, local funding is a necessity. And that funding comes from our taxes.

    The Bardstown Independent Schools Board recently set a preliminary 4 percent increase in tax revenue over last year. This adds 1.7 cents per $100 property value, or $17 per $100,000.

  • Editorial: Meals from the Heart in need of volunteers to combat loneliness

    The Meals from the Heart feeding program — started earlier this summer  by the St. Vincent de Paul Ministries — has been an unbridled success, but now needs more volunteers to get prepared meals for homebound folks to their kitchens.

    Currently, 60 people are being served, but there is a waiting list of almost 20 more, and some of the original volunteers are being lost to the newly starting school year.

  • EDITORIAL: Our children don’t just learn in classrooms

    It’s that time of year again. Parents with children know it all too well. Those of us without them do, too.

    Back-to-school season is in full swing. The aisles of notebooks and crayons are overflowing in stores. The drop-off and pick-up lines are overflowing into morning and afternoon traffic.

  • EDITORIAL: It is important we preserve, not destroy, our history

    Anytime we lose a part of our precious local history, it’s a day of mourning. The recent acts of vandalism and arson at the Wickland property are sad reminders that some individuals, especially youth, don’t fully understand that their actions have lasting consequences for generations to come.

  • Editorial: Volunteers important to preserving history

    Nelson County is drenched in history, starting out as a frontier outpost before Kentucky even became a state. Its streets, cemeteries, backroads, museums, buildings and other structures — many of which were borne out of roots in the Catholic Church and the distilling industry — call out to residents and visitors alike with whispers of the past, making our home a destination spot for guests from all over the country and the world.

    But if it’s still going to be there in another 200 years, it must be protected.

  • Editorial: Beekeepers have it right about Kentucky Proud product labels

    Our Nelson County beekeepers have it right. The requirements needed to earn a Kentucky Proud label need to be tightened up by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

    The regulations, as currently written, allow such a marketing label to be affixed to a product, such as a jar of honey, when it has been “processed” in Kentucky. This means a barrel of honey can be imported from China, rebottled in smaller containers in an Ashland processing factory, then be granted a Kentucky Proud sticker.