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Opinion

  • To the editor:

  • To the editor:

    The Stephen Foster Music Club owes The Kentucky Standard, PLG 13, WBRT, and all those who participated in the “Christmas Home Tour” a huge thank you for making this year’s tour a success. The coverage given by all news media was outstanding ... it was a pleasure working with all of you!

  • To the editor:

    Due to the overwhelming response to the recycling program and the question of more bins or home pickup, my opinion would be to have home pickup. From where I came we have been recycling for 15-20 years already. We each had a recycle bin and the truck came by on the same day as our garbage was picked up. I think many more people would recycle if they didn’t have to haul it to a bin.

    Pat Auge

    104 Antlers Trace

    Cox’s Creek

  • I’ve grown up in a technology age.

    On Jan. 24, 1984, Apple Computers introduced the new Macintosh computer. And, 25 years later, I’m thankful the company did.

    I was first introduced to a Macintosh in 1995 when one of my friends got a new computer. At the time, I had already been introduced to IBM computers at school, which ran Microsoft Windows software. I remember thinking that the rainbow-colored Apple symbol on the front of the Macintosh computer and on the screen was cool (I was only 12, so the little things in life really fascinated me then.)

  • To the editor:

    The Nelson County Community Clinic Board of Directors would like to thank the Bardstown City Police, Kentucky Cooperage-LP, Bethlehem High School 4-H Club, the Salvation Army, and all of the holiday donations made on behalf of the clinic. Through your generosity the clinic will continue its mission to make Nelson County a healthier community.

    Bobbi Harned, R.N., B.S.N.

    Executive Director

    Nelson County

    Community Clinic

    300 W. John Fitch Ave.

    Suite 200

    Bardstown

  • While recently perusing the Kentucky.gov Web site, I found a page dedicated to Kentucky State Symbols. While many of them are commonly known by most Kentuckians, such as the Cardinal is the state bird, there were others that were more surprising. I am a sucker for what some people call “useless facts.” I don’t know exactly what it is I like about them and I would be hard pressed to do any sort of quick recall of what I have learned through time, but there’s something comforting about knowing these little tidbits.

  • As incredible as it may seem, people still ask me whether or not the BRAC transformation at Fort Knox is actually going to occur. I tell them that without doubt, it is, and if you have any questions go to the installation and take a look at the work that’s been completed thus far on the Army’s Human Resource Center of Excellence complex. When completed, this will be the largest office center in the area — with more than 20 acres of office space under roof.

  • A “looking back” story in The Standard last week concerning the demotion of two Nelson County School System principals because of their gender should serve as a reminder about how far we have come as a society in the past five decades.

  • The election of David Floyd as minority whip in the Kentucky General Assembly Tuesday is notable for two reasons.

    Floyd will now become part of leadership in his party and that is a plus for residents in the 50th district. Starting his third three-year term, Floyd will be in a position to give Nelson County a higher profile in the state even though the Republicans are heavily outnumbered in the house.

  • To the editor:

    I want to publicly thank Kentucky Legislators for supporting Senate Bill 96 and House Bill 162 in the 2008 legislative session. These bills require insurance companies to provide a health benefit for colon cancer testing. Gov. Steve Beshear signed these bills into law on April 15, 2008, and they are effective Jan. 1, 2009. Requiring insurance companies to provide for colon cancer screening will go a long way in helping reduce the impact of colon cancer in our state.

  • Some may be surprised at the increase in the number of DUI arrests made locally in 2008 compared to the prior year.

    In 2007, 99 people were arrested by the Bardstown Police Department for Driving Under the Influence. In 2008, that number more than doubled with 215 arrests by the department.

  • To the editor:

    I dreamed the church  woke up as did Rip Van Winkle after being asleep for 20 years! I dreamed that people realized the government cannot solve our problems and that we flocked to the churches. I dreamed that people realized that there cannot be enough police to stop the stealing and moral mayhem and flocked to the churches. I dreamed that I was nearly trampled in the rush.

    I dreamed that church boards told pastors to preach the Ten Commandments as well as Jesus’ New Commandment; to dramatize the joys of heaven and the fires of hell.

  • Have you lived in Nelson County your entire life and think you know everything about it? You don’t.

    Are you new to the area and looking for a way to learn more about your community? You can.

    Applications are being accepted for the 21st Leadership Nelson County class. The program provides an overview of the county and enhances leadership skills and community understanding.

    Following a welcoming orientation, Leadership gets under way with an overnight retreat in March. Next are daylong sessions one day per month until graduation in November.

  • In this part of the world at this time of year, outdoor meal sharing is not an attractive thought. It is far too cold and damp or too windy during the cold and warmer spells.

    However,  as the economy continues to rock, I have been reflecting a good bit on the Christian Scriptures report of the miracle of loaves and fishes.

  • To the editor:

    I’d like to expand on Kim Huston’s comment in the article about Leadership Nelson County in The Kentucky Standard Dec. 31 regarding the formation of the board. It was a little more involved than the board simply forming after there was enough alumni — it was formed behind the vision, leadership, and drive of Barbie Bryant. I witnessed the work that she put into that effort.

  • Last Christmas, my friend Michelle gave me a desk calendar of wacky Web sites. I spent 2008 enlightening friends, and sometimes even random acquaintances, with the interesting Internet tidbits I discovered. Now, it’s your turn. Here are some of my favorites from the calendar, in no particular order:

    • If you’re like me and you love a good tongue twister, visit http://www.uebersetzung.at/twister/. If you manage to master all of the English twisters, you can move on to a variety of other languages.

  • It was about 3 a.m. on Jan. 1, 1959, when Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista slipped away to the airport and fled his island nation, hauling as much loot as his aircraft could carry. Hours later, the audacious young man whose badly outnumbered guerrilla forces had defeated Batista’s army stepped onto a balcony overlooking Cespedes Park in the eastern city of Santiago. It was the first time that Fidel Castro had faced a cheering crowd as Cuba’s unquestioned leader. It would hardly be the last.

  • To the editor:

     

    The Israeli-Palestinian “war” in Gaza shows clearly what “war” has become: a random attack on civilians. Whether it be Hamas shooting their homemade rockets into southern Israel, or the massive aerial bombardment of Gaza (one of the most densely populated places on earth) by the Israeli air force — it is the civilian populations in both countries that are being killed. This is the reality of modern warfare.

     

  • Kwasi Obeng, a sophomore sprinter for the University of Kentucky track team, was recently afforded one of the highest honors UK bestows upon its student-athletes when he was named to the Frank G. Ham Society of Character.

    Obeng, a Bardstown High School graduate, will be inducted into the society along with several other UK student-athletes at halftime of Kentucky’s Feb. 21 men’s basketball game with Tennessee.

  • When the late Ron Filkins became publisher of The Kentucky Standard he said he was pleased to learn that the paper and PLG had established an annual award to recognize volunteerism a few years earlier.