• If only I still owned the first stock I ever bought: 100 shares of Apple common stock that I bought for $12 a share ($1,200) more than 30 years ago and sold less than a year later for $18 a share ($1,800), a very healthy $600 profit at that time in my life. I wonder what those 100 shares would be worth today with the increase in the stock price and all the stock splits?

    Apple stock has split four times since it started. Let’s get started calculating what could’ve been.

  • When my parents moved to Bardstown in the summer of 1973, they were welcomed with the sort of generosity that has made the community famous. Bardstown High School had hired my father to be the new math and physics teacher.

    Two weeks prior to the move, my parents had returned from a month-long pilgrimage to my father’s homeland. It was the first and only time he visited Iran since coming to the U.S. Just a few short months later, my older sister was born. For my parents, 1973 was a busy year.

  • The closest I’ve ever come to a gunfight are some pitched paint-ball battles with my college buddies during our annual retreat we’ve been doing for well over a decade.

    Those have taught me that even when paint balls start flying — which hurt badly but are not lethal — your body and mind react in ways they wouldn’t normally.

  • Details are emerging from the deadly shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and one fact is particularly alarming — the former student who committed the murders was inside the school only six minutes. During that time, he shot at least 25 people and killed 17.

    That is significant, because after the initial shock, anger and heartbreak over such a heinous act, our thoughts turn toward the question: How do we prevent this from happening again?

  • Putting guns in the hands of teachers is not the answer to enhancing school safety.

    The idea routinely pops up on social media comments following a mass shooting at a school such as what happened in Marshall County High School last month or Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday.

    People voicing their opinions on social media is one thing, though. It is a completely different issue for lawmakers to seriously consider allowing teachers to go armed.

  • “Louise was blessed and fortunate enough to be raised in a Scottish castle, and to not understand the reality of some human beings with a different background,” said Louise Linton’s friend in this Elle profile. In fact, I do not think that profile did a good enough job of showing how down-to-earth Louise Linton is at all. Here is another attempt.”



    The Washington Post

    Recently, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, talked to Politico’s Edward-Isaac Dovere to explain why evangelical Christians such as he were still supporting President Trump. He had a lot to say! For instance, he observed that evangelicals “were tired of being kicked around by Barack Obama and his leftists. And I think they are finally glad that there’s somebody on the playground that is willing to punch the bully.”




    Billy Graham has been one of the most visible, respected and influential Christians in the world since the 1950s. But he often had a blind spot when it came to politics. Graham was Richard Nixon’s golfing buddy and spiritual adviser. He was there to pray with Nixon after every victory and loss. And Nixon consulted him on everything from his vice presidential pick to the conduct of the Vietnam War.

  • Rachel Scott was having lunch with a friend outside Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 when classmates Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris approached and fired several gunshots, wounding them. As Rachel tried to crawl away, Harris lifted her by her hair and asked, “Do you believe in God?”

    “You know I do,” she answered.

    “Then go be with him,” he said, and shot her in the head.

    She was the first to die in the horror that was only beginning.

  • Sen. Mitch McConnell

    U.S. Senate Majority Leader

    In November 2016, the American people sent President Trump to the White House and Republican majorities back to Congress. We worked together to make 2017, by any objective standard, a year of extraordinary accomplishment. While the national media may overlook or downplay any of these successes, the fact remains that Congress has achieved a number of priorities this past year for the people we represent.


    Guest Columnist

    There have been a number of times when our government faced a crisis as to whether the country would cease to exist as a democracy, or whether it would continue at all. The first was when it was just being formed during the Revolutionary War, when a rag tag, bankrupt government took on the most powerful country in the world, England, and won. Fortunately, we had such leaders as Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison and Hamilton.

  • The final chapter is hopefully closed on the Anthony Orr era of Nelson County Schools.

    The former superintendent who remained on the payroll after resigning in July has accepted a position as interim superintendent in Powell County Schools about 45 miles east of Lexington.



    The Washington Post

    Friends, I regret to say, I still remember Steve Bannon. This is, I am sure, a glitch.




  • Lee H. Hamilton

    Director of the Center on Congress

    Indiana University

    This may seem odd, but as I look ahead to a year we all know will be momentous, you want to know what I feel most strongly? Gratitude.

  • Jimmy Higdon

    state senator


    The first week of the 2018 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly is in the books, and pension reform is still a major priority for all of us in Frankfort.

    Along with passing a two-year budget and two-year road fund, pension reform must occur in order to put Kentucky’s poorly-funded pension systems on the right path to solvency.

  • Bardstown Cable customers didn’t lose any Louisville TV stations this year. Negotiations continued until just days before the deadline for the city and the station managers to reach an agreement on prices — as it typically does — and customers came out on top in the fact that they won’t be losing any large stations. They lost, however, in the pricing department.

  • Farming is dangerous work and hazards can sometimes lurk in unexpected places. Grain bins are a good example.

    Thanks to a donation from a local farm couple the Northeast Nelson Fire Protection District is now equipped to respond to grain bin entrapment situations. These emergencies are more common than a non-farmer might think. In 2016 there were two dozen such incidents nationally, resulting in 12 deaths.

    Being able to respond quickly with the right equipment and training is key when a fire department responds to such an emergency.

  • Credit Robyn Thomas of Mammy’s Kitchen for bringing back the Shop with a Cop program and making Christmas a lot brighter for seven disadvantaged Nelson County families.

    The project is organized by the Old Kentucky Home Fraternal Order of Police. After a several-year hiatus, Robyn decided it was time to bring back the Bardstown “Christmas Crawl.” Tito’s Vodka was an underwriting sponsor.