• Editorial: Copeland settlement while unfortunate, was the right call

    The Bardstown City Council recently agreed to settle with City Councilwoman Kecia Copeland to the tune of $40,000 to avoid what could have been a very costly lawsuit.

  • Editorial: Pursuit of criminal charges appropriate in Royalty case

    John Royalty’s legal issues deepened last Wednesday when a Nelson County grand jury indicted him on criminal charges that include one felony and three misdemeanors.

    Royalty was removed from office in April in an administrative quasi-judicial proceeding where the Bardstown City Council acted as the jury. It found, after two days of testimony and a months-long investigation by its hired attorney, that Royalty had abused his authority as mayor in an effort to damage a political opponent.

  • EDITORIAL: When should we talk about gun violence, Senator McConnell?

    Mass shootings are not the price we pay for freedom, they’re the price we pay for gutless politicians.

    Case in point: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, echoing other Republicans, says it’s too early to talk about how Congress could prevent bloodbaths like the one Sunday in Las Vegas where a heavily-armed sniper, shooting from the 13th floor of a hotel, killed 59 people and injured more than 520.

  • EDITORIAL: St. Michael has a distinguished heritage worth celebratring

    This past Sunday, St. Michael the Archangel Church in Fairfield celebrated an important milestone. It is the 225th anniversary of its founding.

    In 1792, the same year Kentucky was admitted to the Union, St. Michael was founded as only the third Catholic Church west of the Allegheny Mountains. The Most Rev. Joseph Kurtz, archbishop of Louisville, was concelebrant and preached the homily. He was assisted by the Rev. John Johnson, who is also the pastor of All Saints Church in Taylorsville.

  • EDITORIAL: Youth civic engagement effort is worthy

    While there were more than a dozen people running for Bardstown’s City Council last fall, that kind of enthusiasm for public service has not always been the case in Nelson County’s smaller cities. For whatever reason, candidates to lead those towns have been hard to come by.

    And that’s unfortunate, and disappointing, that more people wouldn’t take an interest in the day-to-day governmental machinations that affect them most directly, where they live.

  • Editorial Breaking America’s opioid addiction

    The New York Times News Service

    Opioid addiction has developed such a powerful grip on Americans that some scientists have blamed it for lowering our life expectancy.

    Drug overdoses, nearly two-thirds of them from prescription opioids, heroin and synthetic opioids, killed some 64,000 Americans last year, over 20 percent more than in 2015. That is also more than double the number in 2005, and nearly quadruple the number in 2000, when accidental falls killed more Americans than opioid overdoses.

  • Editorial: Nelson County Schools turning a fresh page

    Nelson County School District is off to a good start for the 2017-18 school year, and it appears that there is a calming effect that has spread across the district. Interim Superintendent Tom Brown recently stated that the start of school had gone well and he praised the Central Office staff, principals, teachers and other staff members for making it happen. He has also reassured staff members and the public that he is not going to make sweeping changes, but rather identify small areas that need improvement and fix them.

  • EDITORIAL: State is battling a public health crisis. Where’s the plan?


    From doctor’s offices to the Governor’s Office, Kentuckians are raising awareness of the opioid epidemic.

    What’s lacking is a strategic plan for combating the scourge.

    Kentucky was one of the first and hardest-hit victims of misleading prescription-drug marketing and misuse of addictive painkillers, which spawned a deadly upsurge in the use of heroin and synthetics such as fentanyl.

    Overdoses claimed a record 1,404 lives in Kentucky last year.

  • Editorial: Wishing Przystal well and planning for the future of county tourism

    Between its history and its historic bourbon industry, tourism is Nelson County’s lifeblood. All year long, and especially in the summertime, that blood courses through downtown Bardstown’s streets and Nelson County’s backroads in the form of thousands of visitors to our idyllic community.

  • EDITORIAL: Tough times lie ahead as we battle the pension problem

    State Rep. Chad McCoy and state Sen. Jimmy Higdon met with local constituents who are affected by the pension crisis last week trying to ease their minds of what is and isn’t being considered in Kentucky’s pension woes. While neither legislator claimed to have the answers, they did agree that we have an obligation to deliver on our promises to teachers and other public employees.