• To the editor:

    It’s time the Democratic Party admits it was wrong when it comes to Iraq and the ability of the United States’ military to secure victory.

    President-elect Barack Obama said on April 10, 2007 that “the idea that the situation in Iraq is improving is simply not credible and that the hard truth is there’s no military solution to this war.” Then on Nov. 28, 2007 Vice President- Elect Joe Biden stated, “this whole notion that the surge is working is fantasy.”

  • Our hats are off to New Haven City Commissioners who passed a first reading last week to make the city’s streets just a little safer.

    The ordinance passed on first reading will create no-parking zones on the town’s two main streets in order to give drivers a better view of the traffic coming their way.

    The new no-parking zones will aid drivers’ views by creating a clearer picture, particularly when delivery trucks are unloading at local businesses.

  • To the editor:

    The Nelson County Public Library was scheduled to host Robert Prather, author of ‘The Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver’ on Dec. 16. The Kentucky Standard featured the author’s visit on the front page prior to the visit and there was much interest expressed from the public to meet the author. Unfortunately, the snow and ice on Dec. 16 prevented the author’s visit.

  • Each holiday season, I make it a point to see my three favorite holiday classics — “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Polar Express.”

  • For the past month, there has been a good deal of Christmas related activities and stories in the news. As one who grew up celebrating the holiday, it doesn’t really seem out of the ordinary. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take a moment to take a deep breath, step back and take a long look around us. Although I do not find all the Christmas hype unusual there is something about the constant Christmas clamor that disturbs me beyond the consumerism (don’t get me started).

  • To the editor:

    I think that 99 percent of Americans would agree that as private citizens we should not be allowed to own jet fighter aircraft, warships, tanks and artillery pieces. An almost equal number, myself included, would agree that we may own regular pistols and revolvers, shotguns and hunting rifles. The problem is with the stuff in between.

  • The effects of Kentucky’s budget shortfall will be far-reaching. Any organization that receives state funding is vulnerable, regardless of its function or scope.

    In Nelson County, two areas that will definitely feel the pinch are public schools and commonwealth’s and county attorneys. Education and prosecution may seem as different as apples and oranges, but in this case, they’re one and the same.

  • I have long since lost count of the billions the government has distributed to the less fortunate businesses throughout the country, from AIG to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and now the just-proposed bailout/bankruptcy-prevention plan for the Big 3 auto makers.

    All anyone needs to do is start a business, mismanage funds (AIG), give loans to those who can’t afford to repay them (Fannie, Freddie, Bear Stearns) and make bad investments (take your pick) in order to receive government intervention. Of course, when I make a bad investment I’m left to my losses.

  • To the editor:

    It is no secret that smoking is bad for you and everyone around you.

  • The Night Before Christmas

    (at the White House)

    ’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the nation

    Not a creature was stirring, due to economic stagnation

    A list of woes was hung by the chimney with care,

    In hopes that Obama would soon be there;

    The twins were nestled all snug in their beds,

    While visions of bourbon balls danced in their heads

    And mamma in her ‘kerchief’ eating a wrap

    Had just settled down with the world’s biggest sap

  • Some co-workers and I recently discussed which generation we fall into —baby boomers, Generation X, Generation Y and so on. At age 33, I am right in the middle of Generation X, which includes those born from 1965-1980.

    We did some unscientific research — also known as googling — to see which characteristics define our generation. Although it is impossible to make millions of people fit one mold, it was interesting to consider whether the characteristics listed were applicable to our personalities.

  • When Franklin Roosevelt was pounding on the evils of business at the height of the New Deal, the great economist John Maynard Keynes tried to pull him back: “It is a mistake to think businessmen are more immoral than politicians.”

  • In handling questions about the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich — for allegedly trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s former Senate seat to the highest bidder — Obama has gone strictly by the book. His statements have been cautious and precise, careful not to get ahead of the facts or make declarations that might later have to be retracted.

    For most politicians, that would be good enough. For Obama, who inspired the nation with a promise of “change we can believe in,” it’s not.

  • To the editor:

    For the first 18 years of my life, I lived in Nelson County. I then made my journey out of Nelson County into the world of college education and then on to the work field in another state.

  • Dec. 10 marked Human Rights Day 2008. This annual observance always evokes deep reflection in me.

    This year’s theme was “Dignity and justice for all of us.” This theme reinforced the vision of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. That vision builds on the Declaration’s core values of  inherent human dignity, non-discrimination, equality, fairness and universality — which core values have to  apply to everyone, everywhere and always.

  • I’ll miss Byron Crawford. His folksy way of telling the news and his unique knack for finding a feature story that made you want to keep reading even after the story stopped were my favorite things.

    My favorite stories the Courier-Journal reporter wrote were about those close to Nelson County. My bias is evident. But soon, he’ll be gone. He was part of the 51 layoffs the Courier Journal had this week. Technically, Crawford took early retirement. But he’ll be gone nonetheless.

  • Those who choose to get behind the wheel of a car after having too much to drink are not only endangering their own lives, but everyone they meet along their route.

    Each year, Kentucky loses several of its citizens to the irresponsibility of drunken drivers. As of early December, there were 4,542 collisions involving alcohol on Kentucky roadways with 116 fatalities and 1,669 injuries.

  • To the editor:

    On behalf of Town & Country Bank and Trust Company, I want to express our appreciation to all the participants in the 2008 Christmas parade. With more than 100 entries throughout Nelson County and all walks of life, the parade continues to be a highlight of the holiday season. We were overwhelmed with the size of the crowd, despite the cold weather. Congratulations to all the award winners and many thanks to our local dignitaries who participated.

  • Governor Steve Beshear’s proposed 70 cents-a-pack tax hike for cigarettes could not have been an easy call considering how deeply embedded the tobacco culture is in Kentucky.

    In reality, the choices are between the proverbial rock of revenue shortfalls and the hard place of basic services in jeopardy.  Tacking on a significant increase in the price of smokes does have the very important added benefit of discouraging new smokers from starting and gives current smokers an incentive to quit.

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