Today's Opinions

  • Chaplin grad perfect honoree

    The naming of Chaplin High School graduate Thomas Marshall Williams as the Gerald Florence outstanding alumni for the Nelson County School System for 2008 a week ago Saturday marks the second year that a Chaplin graduate has been so honored.

  • Elephant foot or donkey sandwiches, no way

    This year, Kentucky, as well as many other states, has been presented with what in past years has been a rare opportunity — to vote in a primary election.

    Kentucky’s primary is May 20.

    Often, candidates have been whittled away by this time, leaving the bluegrass feeling rather, well — blue.

    As the Republican Party, presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain was chosen back in early March.

    Not so this year in the hand-to-hand combat fighting in which Democratic candidates U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama have been engaging.

  • Crazy cat ladies, I am not among your ranks

    My grandmother, who got married in the early 1930s, calls me an old maid. She says she must have swept under my feet a lot while I was growing up. Come on, Mamaw, I always reply. Times have changed. It’s no longer out of the ordinary for a 32-year-old woman to never have been married or had children.

  • It is time to stop the bleeding and make our country great again like in years past

    To the editor:

    As a child in the ’60s, I recall the atmosphere of the cold war, including the duck and cover nuclear attack drills. It was not unusual to find stores of old canned goods, bottles of water, and other various necessities stashed away in basements. We’d laugh and giggle at our parents’ paranoia taking comfort in the fact that the USA was the Good, the USSR was the Bad and that Good always triumphed. We would draw pictures in class of the Good old USA defeating the Bad old USSR.

  • Local American Red Cross honored

    The American Red Cross is often thought of only in terms of blood donations. Though that is a big part of what they do, they also play many other important roles in society.

    The Nelson County chapter was recently recognized for playing those roles well. In fact, it was the only chapter in the state this year to earn such a high level of recognition.

    At the national convention earlier this month, the Nelson County Chapter of the American Red Cross was recognized for being a Highly Functioning Chapter.

  • Decade of progress for county site

    Ten years ago today Nelson Fiscal Court officially purchased the Bardstown Plaza Shopping Center. Detractors called it “Dean’s Folly” and worse but in retrospect the investment ranks right alongside the Spencer Mattingly Road park grounds purchase in foresight.

    It has taken a full decade to see the East Stephen Foster acreage blossom into a landscape that pleases the eye and complements the nearby My Old Kentucky Home State Park grounds.

  • Education spending, respect for law

    Your 2008 General Assembly adjourned late Tuesday night, April 15. Kentucky’s constitution requires that we conclude our business before the stroke of midnight on that date, but we took the extraordinary step of stopping the clocks in order to complete business. However, only God can stop the clock; our attempt to do so was irresponsible and displayed contempt for our constitution and the Rule of Law. You’ll remember that the House ignored the constitution during last year’s Special Session.

  • Can a Happy Meal squash the blues for life?

    Have you heard the parable of the Happy Meal? Author John Ortberg tells it in his book, “Love Beyond Reason.”

    Briefly, a little girl discovers the incredible bliss of Happy Meals and begs her parents to buy her one.

    She knew it was more than just “fries, McNuggets and a dinosaur stamp,” but happiness itself and she didn’t think she could live without it. She was convinced she had a little “McVacuum at the core of her soul” and her heart “would not find rest until it found rest in a Happy Meal.”