• 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.

  • To the editor:

  • To the editor:

    I am writing this letter to encourage all Bible believers to go to the polls Nov. 4 and to vote the Bible — not party, not race, not the economy. Go to the polls and vote the heart of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

    A true believer diligently strives to live in accordance with the Bible, the Word of God. Jesus says in Matt .6:33, “But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His (God’s) kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), ...” Amp.

  • 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.

  • To the editor:

  • 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.