• It’s heartening when people band together to make sure community treasures stay vital. We are fortunate to have several such treasures — and many people devoted to guarding them — in Nelson County.

    One of our most well known gems is “Stephen Foster — The Musical,” which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. The lineup for next year’s season was just released, and it shows that the Stephen Foster Productions staff and board aren’t afraid to take chances to keep it successful.

  • I keep a partial list of international treaties that our country has not ratified so far.  

    My list includes:

    •Basel Convention, to limit trade of hazardous waste

    •Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) 1979. This treaty entered into force Dec. 22, 2000

    •Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) 1989

    •A treaty to establish a permanent International Criminal Court. Signed by the President Dec. 31, 2000

    •Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty 1996

  • To the editor:

  • To the editor:

    One of the items on my agenda this week was to e-mail a thank you for broadening the range of point of views expressed in the “Commentary” and “Opinion” pages of the Standard through your editorial board’s clever choices of political/current issue cartoons.

  • To the editor:

    I felt compelled to send this response after reading your editorial concerning the current status of the Nelson County Football program. Let me begin by saying your continued negative statements regarding the 2005 season have been greatly misrepresented. You and your staff have continued to make statements that diminish the accomplishments of that group of seniors and the former coaching staff. As a member of the previous coaching staff I, as well as other members, have been really disappointed in the continued negative statements.  

  • To the editor:

    I just read Steven Wimsatt’s article and must respond. His comments on Obama’s stand on gun control has no bearing, as the House and Senate are the only ones that may introduce and pass laws. In the strict sense of the law he is correct.  

    If Obama makes it known he wants to rewrite the gun laws all he has to to is ask, and a Liberal (Democrat Controlled) Congress will act accordingly and he will sign into law whatever they propose.

  • Education nowadays is about more than reading, writing and arithmetic. The entire child is taken into consideration, not just their bookish side. Their socialization and community awareness must also be cultivated.

  • Issuing “report cards” to point out shortcomings in the health of Kentuckians is a popular way to make the point that as a state we are woefully failing to take care of ourselves and our children.

    After so many cards with “capital Fs” we might become like Marge and Homer and just go ahead and sign Bart’s card having our low expectations realized.  Giving up should not be an option.

  • If this is one undergirding lesson from our continuing national and international economic situation it might be:  behold the fruits of unbridled greed.

    (Yes, this basically city girl has given some thought to bridles, how we use them and to what cost/benefit!)

    This is not to condemn every single person involved in any decision-making or choices in the past couple decades.  However, it does point to the inherent value of having counter-balancing institutions and rules to keep our individual and communal choices and decisions on track.

  • To the editor:

    I am pleading for our lockbox that was stolen from our home in the Chaplin area that contained cash retirement money and all of our personal property. Whoever took our belongings is definitely lost and will never have peace. You have to repent and bring back the contents to us. Just bring it back and God will forgive you and I will tell you how to be saved.

    Jack and Judy Alcorn

    1277 Old Tunnell Mill Road


  • One of the first things I noticed during my trip to Hawaii was the mentality of those who lived there.

  • It’s almost saddening to read or watch national news.

    The negative headlines are repetitive.

    The stock market continues to plunge. The unemployment rate continues to rise. Foreclosures are forcing more and more families out of their homes. A bailout plan of the “Big Three” or financial institutes is constantly being pushed through government, waiting for a decision to be made.

  • Three times a week page A3 of The Kentucky Standard contains thumbnail sketches that attempt to sum up the lives of local citizens who have died.

  • To the editor:

  • To the editor:

    The Ministerial Association of Bardstown and Nelson County would like to say “thank you” to all who helped make the Community Thanksgiving dinner possible. The success of our 26th year offering this meal to the community was a result of the efforts of many who gave their time and talents. Purchase of food for the dinner was supported by donations from individuals, organizations and local businesses, for which we are grateful. The remaining money will be used by the Ministerial Association to assist transients in need.

  • I’m most likely going to Ireland in January. No, not next month, although it’s fun to make my co-workers think I’m trying to take an impromptu vacation abroad. I’ll travel to the Emerald Isle in January 2010, if all goes as planned.

  • To the editor:

    Nelson County’s Smoke-Free Workplace Coalition sends out a big “thank you” to all who helped make the first “Concert for a Cause” a success. A special thanks to the musical groups, Second Hand Smoke, and the AltarNatives, both of whom donated their time and talent for a great concert.  Thanks also to Charlie Walls for sharing the Bluegrass Entertainment Expo and for providing excellent sound for the show.

  • State Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, had good intentions when he submitted a bill request to ban cell phone usage while driving unless the driver uses a hands-free device. His attempt at a compromise between those who want little government interference in their lives and those who want cell phones to be banned in vehicles altogether was also a smart idea.

    The bill should not become law, however.

  • I didn’t realize it had been so long until I heard a report last week that the national average for gas prices was below $2 for the first time since March 2005.

    Three-and-a-half years I’ve been paying more than $2 per gallon reaching close to $4 at times. I remembered the days when I paid less, but I didn’t think it had been more than three years until I heard the news report.

  • To the editor:

    Troop 2067 of Bardstown would like to thank everyone who helped to collect needed items for the local animal shelter; The Standard for the much needed and appreciated space in the paper to get the word out to the community; all those who donated items for the animal shelter; all of the girls who worked hard trying to collect needed items and delivering them, and a special thanks to the girls’ families for helping also.

    Thanks again for all of your support.

    Gina Hutchins

    Troop Leader

    103 Carey Court