• Editorial: Kentucky teachers have earned their right to protest

    Pension reform is not a sexy topic, and it’s one that past Kentucky governors and legislators deliberately chose to avoid for political purposes.

    While we all knew that fixing Kentucky’s pension problems would be clearly painful for all Kentuckians, Gov. Matt Bevin has taken the proverbial bull by the horns and pushed state legislators for action.

  • EDITORIAL: County blessed to have our first-responder chaplains

    Nelson County has been blessed by having four seasoned, first-responder chaplains working with law enforcement officers, EMTs and area fire departments.

    Karl Lusk, Eldon Morgan, Terry Troutman and Tom Mobley are experienced ministers who volunteer their time and talents to assist the public and the first responders themselves when tragedies strike.

  • EDITORIAL: NelCASA’s recognition of Dawson is more than merited

    NelCASA is an organization vital to our community. It provides trained advocates to help our children as they navigate through the legal system. The nonprofit organization’s only mission is to work on behalf of the children. And without one man, it’s likely that organization wouldn’t exist here or at the very least, it wouldn’t be as fine-tuned and time-tested as it is.

    Former District Judge Tom Dawson started the Nelson County NelCASA chapter in 1985 as the first of its kind in the state.

  • Editorial: More women should consider running for office

    The Nelson County Clerk’s Office will be busy this coming Wednesday as Nov. 8 is the first official day for candidates to file for the 2018 election. While there are two candidates, Ramon Pineiroa and Kaelen Matthews, who have already announced their intent to run for Nelson County sheriff, there will be other candidates filing for local and state elections on Wednesday or soon after.

  • Editorial: Cooperation in public’s interest

    One might call it the first steps toward reconciliation between the city and county governments.

    That was the spirit of an Oct. 19 meeting between the Bardstown City Council and Nelson County Fiscal Court.

    The two legislative bodies and executives met for lunch at the Public Library and talked about ways their governments can work together for the benefit of the citizens they serve.

  • EDITORIAL: Nelson County fall events flourished in October — and the month’s not over

    There has been no shortage of things to do around the county in October.

    Events included a range of options from long-standing traditions to new settings for family fun.

  • EDITORIAL: Fegenbush earned Farmers Hall of Fame recognition

    Some overdue recognition was bestowed earlier this month when the Nelson County Farm Bureau named Maurice “Apple” Fegenbush to the group’s “Farmers Hall of Fame.”

    Fegenbush got his nickname, “Apple,” honestly. Growing up in Jefferson County he helped his folks operate “The Apple Shack” in Louisville.

  • Editorial: Season wraps for two special teams

    This past week brought an end to the seasons of two very special fall sports high school teams.

    Recent years have seen the old order of things in volleyball and girls’ soccer shaken up, with new teams taking over supremacy on the local scene.

  • Editorial: The spotlight fades and lawmakers turn attention away from responsible legislation

    It took just a little over three weeks for what seemed a Washington miracle to evaporate.

    Most of us, including the majority of congressmen, learned less than a month ago what a bump stock was, following the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1 that is, for now, the deadliest mass shooting in American history. In a matter of minutes, 58 were dead and 546 wounded.

  • EDITORIAL: Being aware of breast cancer is more than pink ribbons

    It’s October, which means everything is pink.

    It’s everywhere — T-shirts, sunglasses, cereal boxes, yogurt, the socks of every athlete from middle school to the NFL.

    But that color and those tiny ribbons are not all-inclusive awareness.

    Yes, they’re “pretty.” At their inception, they probably did make us aware of breast cancer. They probably did make us stop and think about people whose lives were impacted. But now, we gloss right over them. They’re trendy. They’re “just another thing.”