• I recently attended the public interest meeting concerning the development of walking and biking paths in Nelson County. I was immediately impressed by the standing-room-only crowd. The group was very attentive and seemed interested in the various proposals. The information was presented in a most informative manner.

  • If one Kentucky legislator has his way, many Kentuckians could lose access to public information related to their local governing bodies.

    State Sen. Chris McDaniel, who represents District 23 covering a portion of Kenton County, filed Senate Bill 101 last Friday seeking to eliminate the requirement of public notices to be published in the newspaper.

  • Fifty years ago this month, President Lyndon Johnson spoke in his State of the Union message of his commitment to those on “the outskirts of hope” — America’s 40 million poor. Washington’s task, he said, was to help them “replace their despair with opportunity.”

    Then he threw down the gauntlet.

    “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America,” he said.

  • It was a necessary retreat, but President Obama made clear Thursday that his bottom line remains unchanged: “I’m not going to walk away from 40 million people who have the chance to get health insurance for the first time.”

  • President Barack Obama just admitted that the “settled law of the land” isn’t the least bit settled, and it hasn’t been sabotaged by Republicans so much as by the ignorance and incompetence of his own administration.

  • Mitch McConnell

    U.S. Senator


    Many Kentuckians have found out the hard way in recent weeks that the president’s repeated Obamacare promise, “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” has been broken. But now we are learning the truth about another of the president’s broken promises: his claim that “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor” is proving false as well.

  • Every anniversary of that fateful day in Dallas brings with it a new wave of JFK mania, and this year being the 50th, new books, magazines and TV documentaries are re-examining John F. Kennedy’s glamorous life and gruesome death.

    Still the question persists — who really killed the president?

  • In a world where everywhere we turn, we are bombarded with “news” about Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber, stories about young people such as Bardstown’s Guyron Spalding are a breath of fresh air.

  • Dayna PArrett

    County Extension Agent for Consumer and Family Sciences


    No, that column title isn’t a misprint. My name is Dayna Parrett and I am the Family and Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension Agent here in Nelson County. I can provide you with free information on anything from nutrition to financial management, fall prevention to child development.

  • My first newspaper job included some unusual perks. The family that owned the weekly also owned the old hotel where our offices were, and I was given rooms, rent-free, with cleaning service and fresh linens.

    One benefit that wasn’t included was medical insurance. So I went to a Golden Rule agent and asked for an individual policy.

  • If a U.S. senator and members of an advocacy group meet in a public library for a panel discussion on immigration reform, the meeting ought to be open to anyone who wants to sit and listen. Right?

    That would make sense, but that’s not what happened last week in Lexington when Sen. Rand Paul, a Bowling Green Republican, spoke at a panel discussion with the Office of the Immigrant, Solidarity and Information. News reporters and photographers were turned away. The discussion was apparently open to anyone else.

  • To the editor,

    We, at the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce, found Randy Patrick’s recent column, “Bardstown’s Good Marks on Walkability,” very informative. He pointed out that there are positive social, economic and health benefits of having a “walkable” community. We couldn’t agree more!

  • With budgetary tantrums in the Senate and investigative play-acting in the House, the Republican Party is proving once again that it simply cannot be taken seriously.

    This is a shame. I don’t share the GOP’s philosophy, but I do believe that competition makes both of our major parties smarter. I also believe that a big, complicated country facing economic and geopolitical challenges needs a government able to govern.

  • It is appropriate that the worst scandal of the Obama administration — the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservatives — is a scandal of administrators and bureaucrats, of otherwise faceless people endowed with immense power over their fellow citizens and running free of serious oversight from elected officials.

  • In some ways, Memorial Day this year was like any other. At my aunt and uncle’s farm, we ate fried chicken and corn pudding, remembered those who are with us now only in our thoughts, and paid tribute to soldiers who gave their lives for their country.

    But this last Monday in May was different in one way because my thoughts were also with another family I’ve never met — that of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis, who two days before had given his life for his community.

  • Hearing the news that Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis was shot and killed on his way home early Saturday morning left me with a feeling I won’t soon forget.

    The feeling, mixed with shock and sadness, shook me to my core.

    I did not know Officer Ellis personally, but in a way, his death hits close to home for me.

    My aunt and uncle are police officers for the Louisville Metro Police Department. What happened to Ellis could happen to either one of them.

  • To the editor:

    I am writing to express my support for Arch Cox “Chip” McKay III for Nelson County District Judge.  I have known Chip for nearly 20 years. In that time, he has shown a love for the law unlike many others in similar positions. Chip has displayed the highest of knowledge while maintaining a common sense approach to situations. 

  • To the editor:

    How is Obama going to build America from the ground up — by selling America to China and making America a communist state like China?

    Unions, kiss your butts good-bye. China has no unions.

    Women, be prepared for no rights at all because in China women are the slaves of men.

    No freedom of speech.

    Our military men and women, past and present, died for nothing. Obama will still have his Muslim faith and no birth certificate that is real.

  • To the editor:

    In The Reverend Jeffrey Hopper’s spiritual journey, he said that Matthew 16:18 caused him to consider Roman Catholicism. The context is thus:

    Verse 15: He said to them, “but who do you say that I am?”

    Verse 16: And Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ (Messiah), the son of the living God.”

    Verse 17: Summation: My Father in heaven has revealed this to you.

  • Someone once told me, “Your employer only owns your skills, not your heart and soul.”  I can’t function that way though. I put those parts of me into everything I do. That being the case, I left my heart in Elizabethtown.

    I feel like I should get out of the way early in my career in Bardstown that while I now spend five days a week here, Elizabethtown will always be home. It’s where I grew up, where my parents live, where most of my memories so far have been made.