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Opinion

  • 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.

  • LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER

    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.

  • GARRISON KEILLOR

    Columnist

    The Washington Post

     

  • MICHAEL GERSON

    columnist

    michaelgerson@washpost.com

    It is often difficult to determine if Donald Trump’s offenses against national unity and presidential dignity are motivated by ignorance or malice. His current crusade against sideline activism at professional football games features both.

  • ROLLIE ATKINSON

    Guest Columnist

    “Real Newspapers, Real News” is the theme of this year’s National Newspaper Week (Oct. 1-7.) Indeed, there’s always been lots of “real” at newspapers. Real stories, real journalism, real work, real deadlines, real honesty, real facts, real changes and, now, real threats.

  • As an editor I field more than a few complaints. That’s just how it goes in this job and many others. You hear more from the people who are unhappy than the people who are happy. It can be hard to remember when you have someone call you up and complain about something in the paper, that is one reader out of 7,000.

    But I try to listen to our readers’ concerns and engage them. Sometimes we can work out an issue. Other times people just need to vent.

  • Paper should support President Trump
    To the editor,
    One of our members canceled her subscription to your newspaper recently. She was then called by your paper wanting to know the reason.

  • “We the People” is a misnomer.

    It should read, “We Some People,” “We Involved People,” or “We the Special Interest People.”

  • Firefighters need practice to be prepared when a real emergency occurs. Most of the houses used for controlled live-fire training are ready for demolition, so it is a win/win situation for everyone involved. The city loses an eyesore and the firefighters gain practice. Saturday, local fire departments participated in a live-fire training. The 1895 built farmhouse at 1405 N. Third St. was not demolition worthy.

  • State Rep. Chad McCoy and state Sen. Jimmy Higdon met with local constituents who are affected by the pension crisis last week trying to ease their minds of what is and isn’t being considered in Kentucky’s pension woes. While neither legislator claimed to have the answers, they did agree that we have an obligation to deliver on our promises to teachers and other public employees.

  • A post on the Kentucky Gun Company’s Facebook page concerning the late Bill Buckman sums it up: “Mr. Buckman lived his life with a dedication to his family and his country. He will be truly missed.”

    Buckman, a former Bardstown policeman and city councilman, died Sept. 14. He was 59.

    Former Bardstown Police Chief Charles David Marksbury says Buckman was “one of a kind” and “there will never be another one like him.”

  • The Nelson County Schools Community Support Foundation would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers for making our “Tailgate Time” event such a success.
    We partnered with Bill Broaddus, athletic director, and the staff at Nelson County High School to create an event that both promoted and supported the foundation and NCS sports programs.

  • At this shank end of a summer that a calmer America someday will remember with embarrassment, you must remember this: In the population of 325 million, a small sliver crouches on the wilder shores of politics, another sliver lives in the dark forest of mental disorder, and there is a substantial overlap between these slivers. At most moments, 312 million are not listening to excitable broadcasters making mountains of significance out of molehills of political effluvia.

  • Public policy is anything the government decides to do or not to do. Further, public policy is an expression of society’s values. It is important for the constituency to follow closely that which society values but is not promoted by policy makers.  

    The failing state employees and teacher’s retirement funds have become a threat to the general welfare of the state of Kentucky.

  • What shall we say who have knowledge
    Carried to the heart?
    — Allen Tate, “Ode to the Confederate Dead”

    The historic marker in Winchester is mostly unnoticed now but it designates the birthplace of one of America’s most eminent men of letters, Allen Tate.

    All I knew about Tate when growing up was that he was one of the Southern Agrarians — along with John Crowe Ransom and Robert Penn Warren — who inspired other thinkers I admire, such as Wendell Berry and Rod Dreher.

  • Between legislative committees, pension meetings and an election for our new Senate president pro-tempore, this has been a busy summer in Frankfort.

    I am grateful to my colleagues for selecting me to serve as the Senate president pro-tempore designee. I want to thank everyone who has supported me and believed in me throughout this process.

    I was sad to see Sen. Givens step down, but I am honored to serve in this new capacity in Senate leadership; and I appreciate all of my colleagues for granting me this special opportunity.