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Opinion

  • To the editor:

    First off, I am a non-smoker, and I realize that smoking may shorten the life of the smoker, plus others.

    Mostly I am opposed to additional tax — of any kind. I feel that if a tobacco tax is imposed, there will be calls for additional taxes (either on food, drinks or an increase of the sales tax, or anything that can be taxed).

    The one thing I am opposed to is tax (or tax increases) of any kind.

    Neal Cornett

    239 Guthrie Drive

    Bardstown

  • The days leading up to Christmas often launch me into introspection. Actually, introspection may not be the correct word. I don’t focus on my own mind and feelings, but others’ holiday traditions. I’m not being nosy when I consider how the people around me celebrate the holidays. It’s more of an intellectual curiosity. I wonder how their traditions started, how long they’ve been going on, and what the general atmosphere says about their family dynamic.

  • Christmas is one of the only times I get to go home to Illinois during the year. I may make it at other random intervals, but if the calendar reads Dec. 25 chances are I’m at home, or at least headed there. Most of my mother’s family is concentrated in the Chicagoland area — aunt Suzanne, my uncle Mike and family — and even though they’re in Florida at this time of year, my grandpa (Papaw) and his wife Mary come into town for the occasion.

  • Having a “landfill” downtown is certainly handy.

  • The City of Bardstown’s application to participate in the Neighborhood Stabilization Program is a smart move that, if approved, will benefit everyone involved.

  • To the editor:

  • I have spent many nights, weekends and holidays playing board games. Playing board games, card games and piecing together 1,000-piece puzzles has always been one of my favorite pastimes.

    I usually participate in board-game action with a group of family or friends when there’s nothing else to do. Almost every holiday season, for as long as I can remember, we always play some sort of board game at my uncle and aunt’s house. If we don’t play a board game we resort to an old-fashioned poker game and try to put on our strongest game faces.

  • For many of us, with the new year comes new priorities. Two of the most common New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight and stop smoking. Those are also two of the most difficult tasks to achieve. Anyone who has ever tried to shed unwanted pounds or kick the nicotine addiction knows it is easier said than done.

    It can also be expensive. Weight loss and smoking cessation programs abound, but many of them come with a hefty price tag. The out-of-pocket expense is a convenient excuse to abandon efforts — unless you happen to live in Nelson County.

  • To the editor:

  • Nelson County has a problem on its hands.

    As problems go, it’s a good one to have. It seems the people of this community want to do what they can to reduce the amount of waste going to our landfill. They are eager to recycle and have taken the city’s recycling option to heart.

  • To the editor:

  • The start of a new year always brings to mind a time of renewability. You get a clean slate to set right all the things that went wrong the previous year. It can also be a time to start making better choices whether it’s eating better, getting more exercise or learning to tackle another vice.

  • I keep thinking — if our U.S. Postal Service gets into financial trouble, it isn’t my fault. I have to be among its best private customers — well more than $1,500 per year between personal and ministry needs.

    Our U.S. Postal Service has been a vehicle providing cause for admiration in me as this Christmas Season moved along.    

  • The community got a bit of good news recently when it learned Tower Automotive plans to add about 50 employees during its first quarter of 2009.

    This news comes at the same time other automotive companies, including General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC had planned to close about 59 manufacturing plants for a month starting about mid-December and extending into 2009.

  • To the editor:

    Recently I lost a small black bag that contained a new digital camera. I wasn’t sure where I left it or if it had been stolen out of my vehicle. I asked a few friends to pray to St. Anthony in hopes that my camera would be found.

    There were some photos in the camera that I wanted to pass along and that was more important to me than the camera itself.

  • “Santa!”

    The exclamation came from my 5-year-old niece in an answer about who would be visiting soon.

    We were at the family Christmas dinner hosted by the Knights of Columbus. My dad and brother are members, so we go in support of them but also to get a good meal.

  • To the editor:

    I’m 61 years of age, so that would make me a boomer for sure. I just had to write and let you know how much Stephanie Hornback’s column on Friday resonated with me. I would also like to make a few comments.

    I am retired, but I am working part-time in a lab. I am the oldest there; some of the others fall into the Generation X years of birth (1965-1980), and some a bit earlier or later. I am the only boomer.

    I cannot say enough about how talented, smart, efficient and productive these people are.

  • It makes sense that all-terrain vehicles become more popular with each passing year. They are helpful during many activities, such as farming and hunting. They are indispensable to many agriculture workers when checking crops and livestock and they make hunting a more enjoyable and less exhausting hobby.

    We would be remiss to suggest that they not be used. However, they are not toys and must be ridden in a safe, responsible manner. If they are not, the results can be disastrous.

  • Barack Obama’s election was supposed to signal the end, or at least the diminishment, of the cultural issues that Republicans had feasted on electorally for 30 years. The “wedge issues” of old had been a Republican contrivance anyway, and once freed of them, American politics would be more praiseworthy (and, not coincidentally, more liberal).

  • Understanding isn’t the same as forgiving. The history-be-my-judge interviews that President Bush and Vice President Cheney have been giving recently help me understand why they acted with such contempt for our Constitution and our values — but also reinforce my confident belief, and my fervent hope, that history will throw the book at them.

    The basic argument that they’re making deserves to be taken seriously. I don’t think either man would object to my summing it up in one sentence: We did what we did to keep America safe.