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Opinion

  • The Kentucky Home Master Gardeners would like to thank all of the generous contributors and vendors who helped make this year’s Blooming Bardstown Garden Tour and Marketplace a big success. This event is our primary fundraiser in support of our programs throughout the year.

  • To the editor,

    I am quite surprised at the latest fiscal court attack on firearm rights.

    It is apparent that some of the court members (my opponent included) are trying to limit the rights of responsible gun owners by writing new laws about when and where you can use your firearm.

    Kentucky already has laws on the books that, if enforced, would solve the issue of negligent discharge of a firearm and we do not need new law just stronger enforcement of the existing statutes.

  • To the editor:

    I was interested and a bit amused to find my name in the paper for my support for Audrey Haydon’s campaign for state representative. This amusement was compounded by the implication that I am part of some (nefarious) out-of-the-area Democratic party machine trying to buy this election. As a life-long Republican who chose to live here because of the strength of our local community and people, nothing could be further from the truth.

  • To the editor:

    I read a letter in the May 28 edition connecting Alison Lundergan Grimes to President Barack Obama, but it used common misrepresentations of his record.

    The letter stated, “she supports the Obama agenda, which has been the greatest job killer since the Great Depression.” It later added “The only jobs government can create require the taking of resources from the private sector (where real jobs are created) and putting people on the public payroll.”

  • To the editor,

    This is a reply to Keith Metcalf’s remarks in The Kentucky Standard that most people in his district do not believe we need an animal shelter. I believe a person of such a conviction is heartless!

    I hope he is wrong about the people in his district. It would be a sad situation for your district if it were in fact, true.

    Joy Dawsont

    126 Woodhill Road

    Bardstown

  • To the editor,

    Margie Bradford’s column on Friday, May 23, was spot on. It seems that with every passing year members of Congress spend more time either campaigning, fundraising for elections, or meeting with special interest groups and less time being available to their constituents, being in the House or Senate chambers, or even showing up to vote on bills.

  • To the editor,

    Folks setting to break out their outdoor grills this summer face a deadly choice of inflicting food poisoning or cancer on their family and friends.

    Food poisoning by E. coli and salmonella bacteria, if they undercook their meat, and cancer if they heat their meat to the point of creating cancer-causing compounds.

  • To the editor,

    I don’t blame any citizen, farmer, or organization that accepts money from the proposed pipeline, but it feels like our community is being bought out with grand promises of jobs (temporary), economic opportunity and high safety standards.

    (Google: pipeline explosions).

    I speak as someone whose farm is crossed by two pipelines, and I have yet to see a positive environmental impact from either of the companies.

  • Sunny skies and warm days bring adult and child alike out to play.

    Let’s make this a safe year by putting on those helmets when we bike, skateboard, and drive scooters and ATVs.

    Children need to have helmets even when they are on their tricycles. Children will not resist wearing helmets if adults set a good example by wearing helmets themselves. Most serious and fatal head injuries could be prevented if parents would just spend $l5-$20 for a helmet.

  • The City of Bardstown’s smoking ban states “in order to serve the public health, safety and general welfare, it is the declared purpose of this chapter to prohibit smoking in all buildings open to the public and other establishments where employees work on the premises.” Ordinance No. B2010-04.

  • Nelda Moore’s May 2 comment about the labor market is not new.

    Adam Smith said, in 1776, that wealthy masters would “force” workers to accept their terms or starve and masters would join in keeping wages at a starvation level.

    Their success in doing that was noted in Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum in May 1891. Pope Leo XIII saw “The misery and wretchedness pressing so unjustly on the majority of the working class.” He supported unions. 

  • On behalf of the Nelson County Community Early Childhood Council, I would like to thank United Way for assisting the council with a generous allocation.  The funds will be used to purchase books and materials for our Family Enrichment Camp in June. The council believes it is never too early to prepare children for success in school. Having community support always benefits our children and their families.

    Bonnie Cecil,

    Project Manager


    NC CECC
PO Box 694


    Bardstown

  • The General Assembly was considering a bill that could have left low-income Kentuckians and seniors without reliable landline service.

    Basic telephone service is not a luxury; it’s what consumers know as “plain old telephone service” (POTS), with no frills and unlimited local calling for one flat charge. Landlines from the traditional phone company are still the only option for affordable and reliable telephone service for many Kentuckians.

  • I would like to send a thank you card to a true angel, but I don’t know his name.

    A friend and I were in drive-through at Lee’s Famous Recipe Friday night, Feb. 28. Steam was coming from the hood of my car. Being two women, we were very scared.

    A man came quickly from his truck and asked if we were OK.

    He told me to pull over and pop the hood. He checked it out and told me what the problem was.

    It was 10 p.m., time for the store to close.

  • To the editor:

    I would just like to write a note of thanks to all the volunteers, participants, and local media who worked on and covered last Friday’s Lincoln Dinner.

    Without your talent and endless hard work, we would never have been able successfully coordinate this event.

    I would especially like to thank everyone who attended. Thanks to your enthusiasm and support, we easily set an all-time high attendance record.

    Thank you for your continued support.

  • Affluenza, a mash-up of affluence and influenza, as though it were a legitimate condition worthy of serious consideration as a legal defense, leaves me sputtering in outrage. First it was a Texas judge who gave a teenager probation for killing four people and injuring 11 others while driving intoxicated. The teen was captured on video stealing beer from a store and then speeding away with what later proved to be a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit. The customary sentence for someone found guilty of intoxicated manslaughter in Texas is 20 years in prison.

  • The American Red Cross Heart of Kentucky Chapter wrapped up its formal 2014 Heroes campaign on March 20 at My Old Kentucky Home State Park.

  • To the editor,

    New lows have been established in snow removal and road maintenance during this storm.  

    I have to drive on Clarktown Road, Balltown Road and New Haven Road in order to see get to the office and to the hospital.

    Everything was sheet ice with no treatment of any type.

    New Haven road wassheet ice on the west side and only patchy ice on the east. Absolutely nothing of use had been done.  

  • Last week was a buzz of activity as many school groups, local officials and musicians visited the capital and watched hearings and activity on the Senate Floor.

    I was excited to host many visitors from my district and see the many faces from around the commonwealth.

    The Senate unanimously passed an important education measure I sponsored on Thursday. 

  • I recently attended the public interest meeting concerning the development of walking and biking paths in Nelson County. I was immediately impressed by the standing-room-only crowd. The group was very attentive and seemed interested in the various proposals. The information was presented in a most informative manner.