• It’s October, which means everything is pink.

    It’s everywhere — T-shirts, sunglasses, cereal boxes, yogurt, the socks of every athlete from middle school to the NFL.

    But that color and those tiny ribbons are not all-inclusive awareness.

    Yes, they’re “pretty.” At their inception, they probably did make us aware of breast cancer. They probably did make us stop and think about people whose lives were impacted. But now, we gloss right over them. They’re trendy. They’re “just another thing.”

  • To the editor,
    In 2014 the General Assembly adapted House Resolution 19 declaring the third week of October to be the Kentucky Retired Teachers Appreciation Week.
    October 15-21 is the sixth annual appreciation week.  During this special week, the mayor will sign a proclamation designating Retired Teachers Appreciation Week. You will also see a banner hanging at the courthouse.

  • Every job has its down side.

    I guarantee it.

    And every job has an upside.

    I can guarantee that, too.

    The challenge is digging through the dirt: the negative attitudes, the discontentment, the injustices — until you find the gold, even if it’s only one, tiny, little nugget.

  • To the editor,
    Kecia Copelend, I admire you and have built tremendous respect for you as you stood up to the bullies an downright disrespect that you and our community endured. It showed that you love Bardstown and the people you represent. With that being said, I’m concerned with the recent decision by the City Council and Bardstown agreeing to pay you $40,000 to keep it out of court.
    I don’t disagree that you should have sued. However, in the end the perpetrators aren’t the ones paying the $40,000. It’s the taxpayers.

  • To the editor,
    On behalf of Nelson County Schools, I would like to thank First Baptist Church of New Haven’s vacation Bible school class for their support of The Village FRYSC. Your generous monetary donation will go a long way to helping bridge the gaps to learning for many New Haven students.

  • “Diplomacy takes place in reality,” wrote Roger Cohen in a recent column for The New York Times. He was writing about President Trump’s Fantasy Land diplomatic approach with Iran.

  • The business field used to be a man’s world, but times have changed. Today, there is a growing movement of women who are starting their own businesses or moving up the ladder into top CEO roles. This week, National Business Women’s Week, is a time to honor the contributions of working women while calling attention to women entrepreneurs and women business leaders who have shattered glass ceilings.



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    In the midst of a governing crisis, House Speaker Paul Ryan has once again risen to his role as the voice of bland complacency. Concerning the open warfare between President Trump and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Ryan advises “these two gentlemen to sit down and just talk through their issues.”

  • David Whitlock

    Guest Columnist


    The Lord often sends his messengers through unlikely people. Calvin is one of them, at least he has been for me.

    I want to be more like Calvin.

    But, at first, I was leery of him. A friend warned me before the worship service one Sunday: “There’s a man, I’d guess to be in his late 60s, early 70s, who we picked up on the bus today — says he wants to ‘testify’ in the service. Just thought I’d warn you.”

  • Al Cross

    Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

    University of Kentucky

    Mitch McConnell has been planning to run for re-election to the Senate from Kentucky in 2020. Now it seems he may be running an earlier campaign, for re-election in 2018 as majority leader.

  • In the spring, the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office held its first Citizens Police Academy. Those who participated in the experience shared the enlightenment and education gained during the course. They encouraged their friends and neighbors to go through the program. And anyone who missed the first class recently had a second opportunity to take part. The second class started Oct. 9.

    The courses include hands-on experiences and education about policing taught through classroom training, discussion, multimedia presentations, demonstrations and practical exercises.

  • There is little doubt that one of the factors involved in Rand McNally and USA Today naming Bardstown Most Beautiful Small Town in America in 2012 was our historic district.

    The overlay district was established more than 50 years ago and was the first of its kind in Kentucky and, with only a few exceptions, it has kept the exteriors of structures inside the district in compliance with accepted federal standards for preservation.

  • Like a lot of so-called “brought-ins,” when Jim Waldorf moved his family to Bardstown in the early 1970s, he embraced his new community with open arms.

    Unlike a lot of newcomers, that embrace morphed into something all-encompassing, with Waldorf donating thousands of volunteer hours over four and a half decades to make his adopted community a better place, not just for his children, but all of its children.

  • Folks who have read my op-eds before may think they are hallucinating right now, but let me assure you, you are not. Donald Trump is my brother. And as Jesus, our mutual brother taught: They will know you are a follower of mine by the love you show one another. Even if I had not been a life-long follower of Jesus, Donald Trump would have still been my brother. Let me explain.

  • I was given instructions by Logan Spaulding for a stopping point. I saved the boards that were salvagable. I wanted to create something out of them in order to maintain a piece of the history. There was nothing said about keeping the rotten boards.


    From doctor’s offices to the Governor’s Office, Kentuckians are raising awareness of the opioid epidemic.

    What’s lacking is a strategic plan for combating the scourge.

    Kentucky was one of the first and hardest-hit victims of misleading prescription-drug marketing and misuse of addictive painkillers, which spawned a deadly upsurge in the use of heroin and synthetics such as fentanyl.

    Overdoses claimed a record 1,404 lives in Kentucky last year.



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