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Opinion

  • Oh to be Americans once again — not enemies — neighbor against neighbor engaged in at times brutal war-like election politics. It is a relief the race is finally over, though likely sadness remains for some in the shadow of their compatriot’s elation.

    I was expecting news of the final verdict to come after a long and drawn-out ordeal, but was surprised when it seemed like all at once it was announced that Barack Obama would be the next president of the United States of America.

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  • Those of us who live in or near Bardstown are prone to not noticing the charm of this place we call home. It’s a risk of human nature. When you see something every day, it seems less unique and can lose its luster.

  • In so many ways the United States is a wonderful country.   Our professed values are stellar.

    This is not to say though that we are perfect or sinless. Any unacknowledged and unrepented sins have a way of causing trouble for us sinners, too, as well as others harmed.

    I have long believed that one of our national sins is the way settlers from other countries and parts of this one individually and/or collectively forced the original inhabitants off their land. As I watch national legislation to this day, this mischief continues.

  • We would like to express our gratitude to all who participated in the Oct. 11 poker run benefiting the Nelson County Relay for Life. Special thanks for their generosity are extended to Joe Lawrence Thompson and Kate Guthrie of Bluegrass Tavern, Rita Medley of Cozy Corner, Lois Ann Cecil of Howardstown Minit Mart, Debbie Morris of Long Branch, Roby’s Country Gardens, and the many individuals who donated auction items. The event was a huge success and all is greatly appreciated.

    Cathy Newton and Lou Smith

    Michael Smith Memorial Team

    470 Clarktown Road

  • It was easier than I thought it would be.

    When I pulled up to the large bright blue trailer to drop my recyclables off, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But with my No. 1 and No. 2 plastics already sorted and my cardboard and newspapers in separate piles, things went smoothly.

    As I unloaded the recyclables from my trunk, a number of people came and went from the large blue trailer. Some dropped off piles of stuff. Others just dropped off a few things.

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    As a resident of Sullivan Lane, I would like to thank our County Judge Executive, Dean Watts, our fourth district magistrate, Tim Hutchins, and the Nelson County road crew for the much needed improvements to this road. The road is easier and safer to drive.    Thanks again.

    Joe Rice

    Sullivan Lane

    Bardstown

  • A recent renovation suddenly turned demolition shed some light on a problem the city has with its historic preservation statutes — there’s no teeth in the law for those that don’t abide by the rules.

    The building in question was the former site of Nelson County Health Department at 115 S. Fifth St. in the city’s historic district. Bardstown Medical Building Inc. received permission from the Historic Review Board and the Bardstown City Council to make changes to the outside of the building during a renovation phase.

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    We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all those who volunteered their services to the recent cattle accident on Bellwood Road. Thanks to the Boston Fire Department, local police, and neighbors for their time and efforts with cleanup. We send a special thanks to Curtiss Ice and Todd Harned.

    Hurst Farms

    John C. Hurst

    John D. Hurst

    Lance Hurst

    4621 Bellwood Road

    Bardstown

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    I have listened, researched and read about the proposed high school being planned for Nelson County and have several issues that need to be addressed. The first issue is the direction the Board of Education has taken toward building this high school off Highway 245 (117 acres). Why is the Board of Education so eager to build a high school? Is this the direction the superintendent and the Board of Education have taken to improve scores or other problems at Nelson County High School? What other options were available for consideration?

  • When we take the time to learn about another culture, it opens our horizons.

    No matter how “normal” you think you are, there is always another way of doing something that a different culture embraces. Learning these differences now not only improves your knowledge of your global neighbors, but also may enlighten you on doing things slightly differently.

    While all can’t take the time and expense to travel abroad to learn of those different cultures, we can take the opportunity to learn and appreciate when those cultures come to our doors.

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    Are Bardstown’s city taxes as high as some claim? The citizens of Bardstown need to know the following in order to answer that question. A family of four with one working spouse earning $30,000 (a factory job paying about $14 per hour) living in a $100,000 house with a home-owner’s insurance policy costing $400 per year, auto insurance costing $600 per year, health insurance costing $200 per month, and life insurance costing $50 per month, would pay the following taxes in the following cities (see chart).

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  • Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know Tuesday is Election Day. People on both sides of the aisle are calling this the most important election of a lifetime. Record numbers are expected at the polls, and you need to be among the crowd — because when you vote, you’re anything but one of the crowd. Your opinion and voice will  be heard loud and clear when the numbers are tallied.

  • How lucky I am that my weekly column — from which other responsibilities have pulled me lately — falls on Halloween this year. The holiday is the perfect ending to my favorite month, which includes my birthday and ends with a valid excuse for responsible, stressed-out adults to get goofy.

  • If, as the poets say, the eyes are the window to the soul, then court squares in small communities are a window into the soul of a community.

    The square is the community’s front porch and a reflection of a town’s own idea of itself. That is why the recently announced “streetscape” grant of $639,000 in state administered federal transportation funds for Bardstown are so important.

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