• I am writing this column post-inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, just two hours after he took the oath of office. And, one thing can be noted for sure…it’s been a historical day.

    Today, Barack Obama went from bearing the title President-elect to President and became the first black president. History was made.  

  • To the editor:

    Did you know that from 0-5 weeks your unborn baby’s heart is now the size of a poppy seed and her neural tube will fuse?

    Did you know that from 6-8 weeks your unborn baby has eyes, ears and limb buds and its nervous system is developing. Still an embryo, it will be growing rapidly now, reaching around 9mm by week seven?

  • To the editor:

    Did you know that from 0-5 weeks your unborn baby’s heart is now the size of a poppy seed and her neural tube will fuse?

    Did you know that from 6-8 weeks your unborn baby has eyes, ears and limb buds and its nervous system is developing. Still an embryo, it will be growing rapidly now, reaching around 9mm by week seven?

  • To paraphrase humorist Will Rogers “The bad thing about recessions is they always come along when everyone is out of work.”

    Rogers was referring to the Depression back in the 1930s but the pain of losing a job is just as true for us today as it was for our grandparents and while we are far from the hyper-high unemployment rates recorded after the stock market crash in 1929 the numbers that are being posted for Nelson County are still high by historical reckoning.

  • The spring of 2008 was a good time to be alive for a history buff or a political junkie. Since I happen to be both, the Democratic primary offered me a delightful dilemma. Should I take the opportunity to vote for the first woman candidate, Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama, the first black candidate in a major party in our nation’s history? It was a difficult choice, as I listened devotedly to all the debates.

  • To the editor:

    St. Monica wishes to thank everyone who helped make our Fall Festival and Silent Auction a success. We appreciate the generosity of the merchants who made donations and the support of all who attended and contributed in any way.

    Fr. Wally Dant


    St. Monica Parish

    and Committee members

    408 S. Third St.


  • Once the dust settled on the recent announcement that Constellation Brands Inc. is selling its business to New Orleans-based Sazerac Company Inc. for $334 million, some good news was mixed with a little bit of bad.

    As the economy continues to struggle, it’s good to know our local Thomas Moore Distillery and bottling facility — formerly known as Barton Brands Ltd. — is worth quite a bit of money.

  • To the editor:

    Taking a long hot shower, drinking a cup of coffee, grabbing a snack from the pantry or sleeping in a warm, soft bed is something that we sometimes take for granted.

    The parishes of Holy Trinity, Holy Rosary, Manton and St. Joseph Church in conjunction with Nelson County and Bethlehem High School worked to collect items for care packages for our soldiers who were deployed to Iraq in September 2008. With your efforts, we collected enough items to prepare 162 “individual” care packages.   

  • Although Bowl for Kids’ Sake is not until April, the time to get involved is now.

    Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s most lucrative fundraiser. BBBSA is a national organization and the nation’s largest and oldest mentoring agency. The money raised through Bowl for Kids’ Sake goes toward recruiting, enrolling and pairing volunteers with children.

  • As I was settling into my seat at the cinema recently, my mind was geared to the feel-good movie I had come to see. I was there before the film began and was submitted to what once was just a showcase for upcoming features, but now is a commercial marketplace.

    This time I took my seat just in time to catch the beginning of what appeared to be a music video. I might have been startled to find that this was actually an advertisement for the National Guard if I had not already seen it before. Instead I gritted my teeth and muttered under my breath.

  • Getting married in 2009?

    Have a unique wedding story?

    Have a funny or sappy engagement tale?

    Are you planning anything unusual for the ceremony or the guests?

  • Barack Obama’s lefty admirers are agitating for a new New Deal. We’ll know that we’ve achieved that blessed state when the government destroys 6 million baby pigs — turning many of them into grease and fertilizer (anything but food) — to prop up the price of pork. Or when it plows under a quarter of the South’s cotton and slaughters pregnant cows.

  • Running a family farm is a complex business that requires all family members to be involved. For many years women have taken on the role as farm bookkeeper, organizer and communications director — not to mention farm hand — with no training or help. Oftentimes the family farm’s success or failure relies heavily on the business partnership between husband and wife.

  • I recently followed through on a pledge I made several months ago. I canceled my cable.

    Doing so was harder than I thought. As soon as I thought “tomorrow’s the day,” I’d get interested in a “House” marathon or hypnotized by video on CNN I’d already seen about 10 times. I was worried I’d miss out on breaking news and be left out of the resulting conversations at work the next day. Plus, I thought I would be bored. What does one do with one’s evenings in this day and age if 24/7 television isn’t available?

  • To the editor:

    We would like to send our sincere appreciation to everyone who made 2008’s Bardstown Optimist Club Toy Drive a success. There were more families needing help this year and we still received enough donations to make up the difference. This program would not be the success it is without the wonderful people in Nelson County who gave toy and money donations.

  • Events that happen in youth often influence the rest of our lives — sometimes for the better, sometimes not. We feel certain that for 10 Bardstown High School students, witnessing the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama will put them in the positive category and have an impact on them well into adulthood.

  • Our nation’s capital will survive the financial meltdown, the deepening recession and the plethora of foreign crises from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Whether Washington will survive Tuesday’s inauguration, however, is an open question.

  • Lisa Tolliver had a very helpful  column in The Kentucky Standard Jan. 11. No doubt writing last week, she took on the proposed Kentucky ban on hand-held cell phones.   It is her belief that talking on cell phones is no worse than listening to a radio, changing radio stations, eating or correcting children.

    As luck would have it, reports came out Jan. 12  that the National Safety Council is calling for an all-out ban on using cell phones while driving.     

  • The General Assembly is in recess until we reconvene on Feb. 3. But we continue with meetings. The purpose of these meetings is to inform legislators and the public about problems in our current budget and potential solutions.

    Recall that we have a predicament because not enough tax money is being taken in to pay for the current budget. The revenue forecast was inaccurate just like every other state in the country and, for that matter, the world.

  • To the editor: