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Today's Opinions

  • Downtown events are a good idea

    Unlike many small towns, Bardstown’s downtown area is alive and full of interesting, unique shops that please locals and visitors alike.

    The proof is in a recent Top Five listing with “AAA Car and Travel Magazine” about favorite southern cities. Bardstown shared the spotlight with cities such as Memphis, Tenn., New Orleans, La., Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga. That’s not bad company.

    In an effort to keep that favorite spot among tourists, the downtown realtors have come

  • Chicken and stories are how memories are made

    I was out to dinner one night last week with my sister, Julie, and her 5-year-old daughter, Elizabeth.It was just the three of us and as we sat and talked, Elizabeth joined in the conversation — sometimes dominating it — and played with her newest toy. Julie and I ate and Elizabeth slung an occasional French fry in her mouth and took maybe one bite of chicken. The chicken was hot so she decided to let it cool.We finished our meals to find Elizabeth had barely touched hers.

  • It has been the season of sniffles in my house this winter.

    It has been the season of sniffles in my house this winter.

    More precisely, it has been the season of sniffles, coughs, sneezes, runny noses, watery eyes, ear infections and the occasional fever. Much of this has been the work of my daughter and me.

    She gets sick and gives it to me. Then I get sick and despite all my efforts, manage to give it to her. I tell everyone this is her first real-life lesson in sharing. No one else seems to think that's funny.

  • Original intent of fund should remain

    The tragic fire that took 10 lives last year affected most everyone in this community.As the news of the fire spread beyond our community, others were also deeply affected. In an effort to ease the financial pain felt by the survivors many throughout the country gave money to the fire victims’ fund. Nearly $142,148.39 was collected. Of that, $82,000 remains.The question then became what to do with the money that remained after medical, funeral and living expenses for the survivors were paid.More than a year later that question has been answered.

  • Area is privileged to have Montessori

    Any time a local business closes, it is a sad day for the community. It’s even worse when that business deals with children and has a proven record of success.The Nazareth Montessori Children’s Center has served Bardstown-area preschoolers for 35 years. Because of declining enrollment — which dropped from 75 in 2001 to 45 this year — the center will likely close after this school year.The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth leadership team is justified in questioning whether the center is still needed.

  • School should feel like a privilege not a sentence

    I’m not sure I ever felt privileged to go to school. When I was in elementary school, like most kids, I hated being restrained in a classroom. I wanted to be outside playing or at home watching “The Smurfs.” In middle school, I hated everything, including school. In high school, I resented having to get up early and longed for weekends and summer days when I could sleep until 1 in the afternoon. Ah, the memories. Even after I entered to college, I never stopped to consider that I was lucky to be going.

  • Radio show explores the day-to-day experiences

    Last year I caught snippets on the radio advertising for the Radio Lab show. The narration on the ad, accompanied with sound effects heightened my interest and left me intrigued. The first episode for which I heard bait was on the topic of why we sleep. Although I missed that show, weeks later I caught one by chance.Each broadcast episode has a theme, which is explored in different segments—with little stories about the topic.

  • Senate Bill could save "Family Summer Vacation"

    To the editor:Senate Bill 134, “The Family Summer Vacation Preservation Bill,” is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Education Committee. This Bill will mandate that Kentucky schools not start before the third full week in August. The reasons that this bill is moving forward are abundantly clear. Putting our kids on “rolling ovens” i.e. school busses, allowing oppressive heat to run up district utility bills, and crippling Kentucky’s tourist business to the tune of $115 million are the unconscionable effects of beginning school in early August.