For the first time in the history of the republic, it appears increasingly likely that a majority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote against the president’s nominee for secretary of state. If this happens, it would be a black mark not on Mike Pompeo’s record, but on the reputation of this once-storied committee.



    The Washington Post

    “While Fox News was unaware of Sean Hannity’s informal relationship with Michael Cohen and was surprised by the announcement in court yesterday, we have reviewed the matter and spoken to Sean and he continues to have our full support.”

    — Fox statement when Sean Hannity was revealed as Michael Cohen’s third client after having failed to disclose this information on air

  • Jim Paxton

    Publisher, Paducah Sun


    Republican lawmakers gave Kentuckians a final slap on the way out of Frankfort last Saturday.

    The new party of tax and spend — having already ambushed its flock with a half-billion dollar tax increase — continued its spending spree by throwing almost $200 million more down the black hole known as Kentucky Wired.

  • Lee H. Hamilton

    Director of the Center on Congress

    Indiana University

    America has military forces committed to locations around the world. About 15 percent of our million-man armed forces are so deployed. There are about 800 installations and bases in 70 countries across the globe, with the largest numbers in Asia and Europe, but many in the Middle East and Africa.

  • Bardstown’s elected officials haven’t received raises in almost 20 years.

    How many of us would work the same job for 20 years without making more money? Life is not the same as it was two decades ago. A dollar went farther in that economy. And the city isn’t the same as it was two decades ago. Thirty-seven hundred fewer people called Bardstown home then. It’s common sense that today’s city council should be making more money than that council.

  • With the filling earlier this month of Heaven Hill’s 8 millionth barrel of bourbon, the Shapira family now has more than 1.3 million barrels aging in Kentucky, with most if that inventory here in Nelson County.

  • To the editor,

    In response to the rhetorical claims in Rep. Chad McCoy’s article, I have a few math nuggets.

  • Joe Zarantonello

    Community Columnist


    The Cold War started in 1947, a couple of years before I was born. By the time I was eight months old, the Cold War had turned hot in Korea. I’m 68 now, and I have lived with war my whole life. Hot or cold, but always, war. Seemingly endless war.

  • It always makes for interesting news in Bardstown when a downtown building changes hands. That was the case recently with the sale of the Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace’s business at 110 W. Flaget to one buyer who plans to reopen the nationally recognized bourbon bar, and the sale of the building itself, known as the circa 1814 Mary May House, to the Kentucky Owl LLC, which plans to make the brick Georgian house their downtown base of operations during construction of the new Kentucky Owl Distillery.

  • It is good to see the city of Bardstown moving forward with plans to bring some major improvements to the Community Park at the end of East Halstead Avenue,

    Restrooms are being built to replace the port-a-john that has been used for years at the site. Part of the dirt parking lot will be paved, and improvements will be made to the pavilion and basketball court. About $120,000 has been budgeted for the project with about half of that money earmarked for the restroom.

  • Jim Paxton

    Publisher, Paducah Sun


    Kentucky’s Republican legislators proved Monday that they are nothing of the sort. Just like the Democrats they recently relegated to minority status, GOP lawmakers demonstrated they just can’t stop spending.

    We suspect this fatal misstep — and it will be fatal to Republican control of the Legislature come November — is driven by political cowardice.

  • The 2019 closing of the local American Greetings plant will be a life-altering event for many people.

    American Greetings has long been a member of the local employment base, and we are sad to see it go.

  • In the bourbon world, Jim Beam has long been the pacesetter.

    In recent weeks, the company filled its 15 millionth barrel, far and away the largest milestone mark in the industry. For comparison’s sake, Heaven Hill, the world’s second-largest bourbon producer, reached the 7 million mark in 2015, and is due for its 8 millionth barrel filled sometime this year.

    Jim Beam achieved its place in the bourbon hierarchy for a number of reasons, but perhaps chief among them has been its marketing prowess and its innovation.

  • As we draw closer to the end of the 2018 Regular Session, there has been no shortage of movement on significant bills in Frankfort this week. The Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee has spent several days and some late nights working on the Senate’s budget proposal, which we expect to go before the committee soon.

  • As always, it was a busy and eventful week in Frankfort. Although we had a short week with only four days of action, every day was fairly lengthy and the end result was a plethora of bills and resolutions passed, most of which are heading straight to the governor for final approval.

  • I can understand why you might wish to delete Facebook, especially given that the company responded to the news about Cambridge Analytica by saying, oh, no, the problem was not that someone had access to the data of 50 million people, most of whom had no idea that their information was being shared, that part was okay; the problem was they sold it.

    That is why I have this special offer: If you want to delete Facebook, but are worried that you will miss it, I am happy to become your personal Facebook and do everything that Facebook used to do.

  • As “60 Minutes” prepares to air its interview with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, conservative Christians are being accused of hypocrisy. How can so-called “values voters” continue to stand with President Trump despite revelations that he allegedly had affairs with a porn star and a Playboy model, and paid them for their silence?

  • How simple can it be?
    The right of the people to bear arms in order to form a militia is necessary to a free state. The representatives of the people shall not infringe upon this right.

  • I don’t claim to be an intellectual, as some of your community columnists might be, but I feel compelled to respond to the Viewpoints article “The Immigrant You Know,” written by David Shams and printed on Feb. 21, 2018, and some of the statements he made in that article.
    I am happy that Mr. Shams and his extended family have enjoyed their lives in the U.S. and especially Bardstown, since his relatives emigrated from Iran around 1973 and have now fully integrated into the Bardstown community, and I appreciate their contributions to the community.

  • There comes a time in young people’s lives when they realize their political awakening. Sometimes it is on an individual basis. Other times, it is part of a generational movement.

    For the boomers, it was Vietnam and the draft. For many of their children and grandchildren, the catalyst could well be gun violence.