Today's Opinions

  • Baby steps for city's recycling

    Armed with knowledge that the proposition probably offers both sides of the coin — danged if you do and danged if you don’t — the City of Bardstown will make its entry into recycling later this year. For a growing number of residents, adopting a recycling plan is coming none too soon. Others are apt to be a bit more wary and perhaps even a bit skeptical as to benefits vs. costs of recycling.

  • Let's work together to make our Earth better

    Personally I am no fan of winter weather.

    When asked about the weather this time of year at this place on Earth, I have often observed simply, “Spring is comingee!” No complaining, just stating a fact.

    These days I am at least mentally adding, “eebut may we not have major storms then!”

    I’m no climatologist or weather scientist, but it does seem to me that the patterns of our weather are changing. Sometimes it is hurtful.

  • Pickup deserves praise on National Agriculture Day

    March 20 is the first day of spring, and also National Agriculture Day.

    And that means it’s an appropriate time to salute our local farmers.

    I could write volumes about tobacco quotas, and foreign imports, and the need to buy American, and how our farmers are struggling to keep the rest of us fat and prosperous.

    But I’m not going to do that.

    I’ve decided it’s time another icon of American self-reliance and rural independence received some appreciation. And I don’t think farmers will mind at all.

  • Let's clear the air - secondhand smoke is bad

    To the editor:

    During the past few months I have read articles and opinions in The Kentucky Standard taking both sides of the clean air argument. The first thing that always comes to mind is the American Lung Association’s motto: “If you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.” I believe that just about says it all.

  • The number of non-religious continues to grow

    To the editor:

    A man said to me, “Write about God and we’ll read it.”

    A farm boy starts for a walk in the fields and woods and calls, “Here, Shep!” and off they go sometimes with Shep close by and sometimes with him sniffing out the surroundings. Being taller than Shep, if the boy sees Shep going toward danger, he calls, “Stop! Come back!” and if Shep is well trained, he does and they continue on. No leash.

  • Good luck at state Bardstown Tigers

    Bardstown High School sold out of its allotment of 800 Sweet 16 tickets Tuesday morning, ensuring the Tigers will have strong crowd support for their first-round game today against 9th Region champ Covington Holmes in Rupp Arena in Lexington.

    The Bardstown bandwagon has grown ever larger during this improbable postseason run, with adults in the community showing up in full force and demonstrating the pride this city has in its school system and its athletic teams.

  • Plaza area needs to stay clean

    In the decade since county government purchased the Bardstown Plaza Center, what was once a sad collection of derelict buildings across from the iconic My Old Kentucky Home State Park has been turned into a visually appealing government center.

  • Sentiments of great songs never go out of style

    It was at the age of 15 when I was first truly struck by the words of a Hank Williams song. As a kid, I had become a bit familiar with some of his more popular songs; who couldn’t have been? But his wasn’t my genre or time and place, so while the songs may have captured some attention, they didn’t initially burn into my imagination.B.J. Thomas changed all of that, with his 1965 version of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” He recorded the song some 12 years after the country music legend’s death, in the era of Beatlemania.