• My quest for information on identity theft and how consumers can protect themselves began about two months ago after I noticed not only a national trend in an increasing number of cases but local trends as well.

  • Western Kentucky University students, parents, faculty and administrators feared the worst last week when they got text messages that armed men had been reported on South Campus. Said one bystander, “We thought it was Virginia Tech all over again.”

    Authorities later learned that two fights were to blame for the calls to 911 that prompted the text messages. No guns were involved. Some say the university overreacted and should not have scared everyone without having proof there were gunmen on campus.

  • To the editor:

    Core values of many Kentucky citizens are at stake in the upcoming Presidential election. While the Presidential debates have largely centered on the particulars of war, foreign policy, and the economy, some of the most critical concerns have gone largely unmentioned. Of particular importance to many voters are the issues of second amendment rights, traditional marriage and abortion.

  • To the editor:

    In a few days, a most important election will take place. Let’s compare our choices.

    On the one hand, we have Senator Barack Obama, whose only approach to solving a problem is by taxing it or  regulating it. He and Senator Biden have a pro-abortion record that is completely opposite the strong pro-life record of Senator McCain and Governor Palin.

  • People are rightly concerned about the crisis that threatens economies around the world. In America, most of the focus has been on the financial devastation on Wall Street, and it’s wise to think about what brought us to this point and what we should do to correct the underlying causes.

    Congressional hearings shine the spotlight on poor lending practices and corporate greed. But it’s sensible to also consider energy costs as a part of  the problem.  

  • My 8-year-old dog Max has a limp.

    A couple of trips to the vet have yielded no definite answers. It could be this, it could be that and even an X-ray couldn’t determine his ailment. Possible cures, followed by price tags in the thousands, has hampered my ability to find a solution to his problem.

    But he manages. He still gets up and down the stairs on his own, can manage to jump into the back seat of the car without a problem and still chases the neighbor kids from behind the backyard fence.

  • Not since the days the Jaycees and Kroger teamed up for a giant Halloween party at Kentucky Home Square have kids had the options they have this year to celebrate All Saints Eve.

    There are two community parties taking place Friday including one at the Nelson County Fairgrounds that will incorporate rides and concerts to go along with a haunted house, trick or treat trail and costume contest.

    Meanwhile at Dean Watts Park a free Trick or Treat evening for kids 11 and under with games, a hayride and costume contest will take place.

  • For many people, this time of year means raking leaves, admiring fall colors, hay rides and apple cider. Then there are those who use it as an excuse to eat lots of candy under the guise of preparing for Halloween.

    Guess which group I’m in?

    While I enjoy watching the leaves turn color (though this is probably not going to be the best year for that), and fall happens to be my favorite time of year, I also like the sense of fun and excitement trick or treating brings to the season.

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  • To the editor:

    I have been studying the works of Niccolo Machiavelli and one of the pieces he wrote caught my eye. “The Prince” was written to make guidelines and qualities for a prince to have in order to be in that position. In The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli wrote several interesting qualities that make you think whether or not the qualities of a prince are the same qualities of the president.

  • To the editor:

    On behalf of myself and Joe Masterson, we would like to show our support for the candidates Kevin and Madge Brumley, who are running for City Council. Kevin Brumley has volunteered his services on several projects at the Old Bardstown Village for the past several years, to restore, construct and maintain the historic buildings in the Old Bardstown Village.

    Kevin, with his knowledge and forethought, has saved us thousands of dollars and we know he would do the same for the city. Plus Kevin has a vast knowledge of government operations.

  • To the editor:

    The upcoming Rock-n-Ride event at the Nelson County fairgrounds Oct. 28-Nov. 1, is an outside event not affiliated with the Nelson County Fair board members or the fair. The portion of the proceeds go toward the American Cancer Society.

    For more information, watch PLG TV-13, The Kentucky Standard, radio stations and/or visit Web site www.bardstownfestival.com.

    Please do not contact fair board members for information.

    Patsy Durbin


    Nelson County Fair Board

    2391 New Haven Road


  • To the editor:

    The USSR’s 70-year experiment in Marxism, or “scientific socialism,” failed, but only 19 years later, most of us forget the kind of joy we felt when the Berlin wall started coming down. Regardless, the Cold War is actually back and far too many historically oblivious and over-confident Americans think that history starts with today. Marxism is making a significant comeback in Russia and if Senator Obama gets elected, based on his campaign remark “redistribute the wealth,” marxism will be more active in the USA.

  • It’s good to take a second look at the rules sometimes.

    You might find a better way of doing something or find that some rules just don’t have the appropriate amount of enforcement to make them practical.

    Taking a fresh look is exactly what Nelson Fiscal Court is doing regarding the county’s Administrative Code and Personnel Policies and Procedures.

  • To the editor:

    Election Day is coming! With a record number of voters expected to arrive at the polls on Election Day, voter preparation is the key to a smooth voting experience.

    Please have your candidate selection decisions made before you get to the machine. Sample ballots will be available at the polls and a copy will be printed in the local paper. Please look at them and use them to be ready to vote when you enter the booth. Prepared voters make their selections quickly and are in and out of the voting booth, which helps to keep lines moving.

  • To the editor:

    Legislators are working the fourth-grade lecture circuit.  Teaching the Voters of Tomorrow, how “We The People” control our democratic fates by the power of the vote. Same swill the nuns out at St. Thomas were teaching altar boys like me, back in the ’60s.  

    At 50, I can tell you it ain’t necessarily so, if you’re working from within a corrupt political system.

  • To the editor:

    How many video games have you bought or played in the last six months? It doesn’t matter. Millions of people throughout the world play them and buy them. If they’re banned because of a little bit of violence, then jobs and money will be gone. Some of the violence is fake. How much damage can something that doesn’t exist do? Have you ever thought for a moment that the actions of aggressive children are not being caused by something he or she could have made up to get people off his or her back?

  • If the Bardstown Industrial Development Corporation had been handed a magic wand and then told to produce an ideal plant for Bardstown and Nelson County it is doubtful it could have dreamed up something better than Flowers Foods.

    The number of jobs is significant and the average pay impressive. The product is virtually recession proof and the company employees who participated in a “Get Acquainted” session at Maywood last week seemed as if all of them hailed from Fairfield or New Hope rather than Thomasville, Ga.

  • To the editor:

    Gene Reynolds’ letter in The Kentucky Standard of Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 — “Christian values should be considered in vote” — only served to expose the writer’s ignorance about religion and faith.

  •  In less than two weeks, Kentucky voters will go to the polls. For the first time in 14 years, my name will not appear on the ballot. As my congressional career draws to a close, I would like to take a moment to thank you for allowing me this unique opportunity to serve in public office. Together, we have worked to achieve many important objectives to strengthen the security and prosperity of our families and local communities.