• 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.

  • Not unlike Congress, I have always been addicted to futile and meaningless resolutions.

    I don’t know that they are futile and meaningless at the time, or I would not make them. Every year, without fail, I resolve to become an entirely different person.

  • “I, Tonya” is a movie that is, in places, very difficult to watch. But it is also impossible to look away.

    This biopic about the briefly famous, then infamous Tonya Harding has offended some reviewers by putting child abuse and domestic violence in close proximity to comedy. But it would be difficult to tell Harding’s story without both elements.

  • There is still time, before the year ends, for one more editorial about the outlook of state workers’ pensions. Even with the many articles warning the public, people still don’t understand the repercussions if the pensions of teachers, firefighters, police, social workers plus many more are rearranged to pay debts incurred by previous administrations.

  • The president was unafraid of violating church-and-state strictures when called on Americans to return to God and seek his guidance.

    “No greater thing could come to our land today than a revival of the spirit of religion — a revival that would sweep through the homes of the nation and stir the hearts of men and women of all faiths to a reassertion of their belief in God and their dedication to his will for themselves and for their world,” he said.

  • We knew it was coming, but it was a year earlier than expected.

    Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly announced this month he would retire in January, one year ahead of schedule, and said his reason was the uncertainty over how Kentucky’s pension crisis might affect his future financial footing.

    Mattingly had planned on retiring after his term was up at the end of 2018. After four years as sheriff, he was ready to turn the page to the next chapter in his life. His service to the community will be missed.



    The Washington Post

    “Today is a great day for consumers, for innovation and for freedom.” That was what Commissioner Brendan Carr of the Federal Communications Commission said last week as he voted to strip net neutrality protections.



    The Washington Post

    “Today is a great day for consumers, for innovation and for freedom.” That was what Commissioner Brendan Carr of the Federal Communications Commission said last week as he voted to strip net neutrality protections.




    Vice President Mike Pence’s obsequiousness at a recent Cabinet meeting — “Thank you for seeing through the course of this year an agenda that is truly restoring this country ... “ and on, and on — might be appropriate at a Communist Party Central Committee meeting, or at a despot’s birthday party. But it is not the language of any self-respecting republic.

  • Chad McCoy

    State Representative

    As we approach Christmas and 2017 comes to a close, it is important to look back on all the significant accomplishments Kentucky has experienced this past year.

    It has been a record-breaking year for business investments thanks to pro-growth legislation passed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. Kentucky has seen more than $8.5 billion invested in our economy and in our people. More than 14,900 new well-paid, full-time jobs have been created just since January.

  • David Whitlock

    Guest Columnist


    When all our kids are home for Thanksgiving, and that’s been awhile now, we try and see a movie, either the night before Thanksgiving or the night of Thanksgiving. There is usually a Christmas comedy that’s on the big screen, and when we can, we try and take it in.

  • From the Editorial Page of The New York Sun, written by Francis P. Church, Sept. 21, 1897.

    We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

    Dear Editor:

    I am 8 years old.

    Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.”

    Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

    Virginia O’Hanlon

  • Listen, there are some behaviors we can all agree are courtship and not predation! You get it, gentlemen, right?

    We all know that there’s a dance that goes on between men and women, if you will, a kind of ancient ritual that dates back to time immemorial.

    [Pauses to mop brow.]

    Like, for instance, here are a few examples of fun flirting that might be just, you know, this flirty business of media, ha ha ha HA, that we all know and love.

    [Oh god, oh god, oh god.]

  • “ ‘All this will I give you,’ he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me.’ ” — Matthew 4:9

    The prospect of Sen. Roy Moore has been both horrifying and clarifying. It would be difficult to design a more controlled, precise test of the moral gag reflex in politics.

  • In the space of a few hours last weekend, one of Kentucky’s top two political leaders scored a big victory he badly needed, and the other suffered an embarrassing and perhaps damaging defeat he didn’t need to risk.

  • The first three words of the U.S. Constitution are, “We the People.” The Constitution itself, our institutions of government, the democratic process — all were established to give Americans a voice in their own governance. We are still striving to make that vision real for all, but we are closer than ever.

  • Being a parent in the world we live in can be tough.

    Having to explain why active shooter drills exist in kindergarten is tough.

    Having to explain body autonomy to a kid who giggles at every word is tough.

    Having to talk about why they can’t roam more freely in department stores or walk without holding a hand can be heartbreaking.