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Opinion

  • 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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  • Trying to dissect successful dynasties in any field can be tricky but the maxim “excellence begets excellence” may explain why programs such as the ’50s Yankees, the ’60s Packers and just about any UK basketball team coached by Adolph Rupp enjoyed so many triumphs.

    A culture of success becomes self-fulfilling and attracts winners.  That seems to be the case with the theater program at Bardstown High School.

  • To the editor:

    I would like to offer my condolences to the Fogle family on the loss of Avon Fogle. I hope they name the bridge on KY 49 (now a two-way bridge) the Avon Fogle Bridge.

    I know Mr. Fogle remained in the background and didn’t like public acknowledgement. He was a true American.

    Ed Carty

    131 Springhill Drive

    Bardstown

  • To the editor:

    It is that time of year again when we tend to be a bit more grateful for our many blessings. This year I am especially thankful and proud of my dental colleagues. We have just completed a very successful first year of the dental aspect of the Nelson County Community Clinic.

  • The idea of letting the American auto industry drown in a poor economic forecast doesn’t sit right with us.

    Hundreds, maybe thousands, of local residents depend on the auto industry for their income. Letting even one automaker fall could result in a domino effect for local companies, thus local employees and local families.

  • As I watch the coverage of the fate of the U.S. auto industry, one alarming and frustrating fact hits me right between the eyes. The fate of our nation’s economic survival is in the hands of some congressmen who are completely out of touch and act without knowledge of an industry that affects almost every person in our nation. The same lack of knowledge is shared with many journalists who are irresponsible when influencing the opinion of millions of viewers.

  • To the editor:

    I congratulate the winners of the city council race. All of you ran a vigorous campaign. Congratulations and Godspeed. I especially want to express my heartfelt appreciation for those who voted for me. I will cherish those votes the rest of my life. On behalf of my family and myself I sincerely thank you with all of the humility within me. Thank you.

    Frank T. Douglas

    316 S. Fourth St.

    Bardstown

  • Christmas brings to mind images of boys and girls tearing into brightly colored packages under a sparkling tree. This time of year, several organizations collect toys and clothing to make sure no child goes without. While that is a commendable goal, others in our community need attention as well.

    The holidays can be an especially lonely time for the homebound or those serving in the military stationed away from home. Imagine being an ocean away from those you love most on Christmas Day or being home alone while everyone around you celebrates.

  • To the editor:

    We would like to thank the businesses that donated items for our golf scramble and cramming with the Cards. We greatly appreciate all the support we received.

    Also thanks to the parents that worked our chili supper.

    Artie Braden

    Nelson County Boys Basketball Coach and staff

    1070 Bloomfield Road

    Bardstown

  • To the editor:

    On behalf of the Bardstown Woman’s Club I would like to thank everyone who was involved in our recent Lunch with Santa event:

    Wal-Mart-Suzanne Patrick and David Dickerson, Two Guys Printing, St. Joe School-Beth Walker, Michael Bickett, “Curly,” the choir, student volunteers, Nelson County High School Key Club members, Ken Distler, Don Matteson, Santa, the families who attend and make it a yearly success, all the wonderful members of the club and anyone I may have omitted.

  • If you do not already have plans this Saturday, I recommend the Candlelight Tour of Homes.

    For those not familiar with the tour, it features 10 stops and is sponsored by the Stephen Foster Music Club. The funds from the self-guided tour benefit the club’s scholarship program.

  • When those charged with running the New Hope Food Bank noticed a number of home ware and clothing items being donated to the food bank, an item came forth.

    With donations already coming in, the New Hope area could benefit from a thrift store. After two years of planning, donations and work, the New Hope Thrift Store has opened its doors. Marilyn Nally will operate the store, which will offer household items, clothing and toys. Most clothing items are less than $5.

  • To the editor:

    Once more, I must take issue with The Kentucky Standard, this time over the headline someone put on my letter about The Standard’s editorial on the cell phone bill introduced by state Rep. David Floyd.

  • Bardstown City Schools recently received a perfect complement to its 100th anniversary. U.S. News & World Report awarded Bardstown High School a bronze medal in its “Best High Schools in America” list.

  • To the editor:

    Steven A. Wimsatt’s recent letter regarding gun control and Keene’s firearm sales deserves attention. First, the past Presidential election did not feature gun control “scare tactics” by Republicans. Factually, the Republican Party has been a strong force in keeping control legislation defeated. Liberal Democrats, however, such as Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy and Richard Durbin, have consistently hindered or outright opposed Second Amendment rights.

  • To the editor:

    The editorial in the Friday, Dec. 5, issue of The Kentucky Standard is seemingly well reasoned, but a closer reading shows that this is not so.

    Let us take the following statement in the editorial: “one item cannot be banned unless all items are banned, and that is impossible.” Why is that impossible? One could cite numerous instances when one item is banned while another is not. Bourbon and marijuana are both mood-altering substances, for example, yet one is banned, the other not.

  • Five years ago when Julia Christensen came up with the idea of looking at what had happened in the wake of so-called “big box stores” closing or moving to larger quarters, she had no idea the concept would result in the publication of a book and widespread media attention.