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Opinion

  • Five new members of the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame were inducted Thursday night.

    Four individuals and one organization were honored as the Class of 2008 for the Hall of Fame.

    Dixie P. Hibbs, Wainwright A. Lancaster, Dr. Robert Lee McClellan and Kathy Reed along with the Bardstown Independent School System have made their way into the coveted field of honorees. They were recognized Thursday night during a dinner in their honor.

  • Pink ribbons have become the common symbol for breast cancer awareness. Those ribbons have been reproduced on just about every type of jewelry item to spread the word that finding a cure for breast cancer is important to our society. Hats, socks, shirts, purses, bumper stickers, jewelry and even shoes have been sold with the common pink ribbon as sign of support.

  • When you go to the polls Nov. 4 be sure you make your opinion known about cell phones in classrooms.

    Do you think cell phones are a distraction to the learning process during a regular school day?  Oh wait, that is a question that only kids will be weighing in on at the polls election day.

    The Nelson County “Kids Voting USA” ballot will also include spaces to vote for President, the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representative. There will also be a place to vote for Kentucky State Representative even though incumbent David Floyd is unopposed.

  • I woke one recent Saturday to find toilet paper strewn across my front yard. The dastardly act was one of the most popular of the autumn pranks and something I guess has gone on for years, maybe since there has been toilet paper.

    During the night, while I slumbered away, minor-league terrorists armed with rolls of generic roles of tissue had draped my maple trees in white streamers that hung damp and limp by the next morning.

  • Every day, I communicate through my fingertips, maybe just as much as I do through spoken words.

    I do not remember when this became a normal day-to-day thing for me, but with constant increases in technology, I am not sure when, or if, it will slow down.

    Like many others, I communicate through my fingers in a number of ways through various facets of technology and programs — from my BlackBerry cell phone to social networking sites to e-mail accounts.

  • To the editor:

  • Five new members of the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame were inducted Thursday night.

    Four individuals and one organization were honored as the Class of 2008 for the Hall of Fame.

    Dixie P. Hibbs, Wainwright A. Lancaster, Dr. Robert Lee McClellan and Kathy Reed along with the Bardstown Independent School System have made their way into the coveted field of honorees. They were recognized Thursday night during a dinner in their honor.

  • To the editor:

    On Oct. 8, 2008, all the discussion was the AIG execs’ trip to the spa. When the President first announced that he wanted us to bail out several lending institutions and add an additional $700 billion to the debt, immediately the conservatives were blaming the liberals and the liberals were blaming the conservatives; the Republicans were blaming the Democrats and the Democrats were blaming the Republicans. The majority was blaming the minorities, and the minorities were blaming the majority. And, of course, Rush was blaming Clinton.

  • To the editor:

    The Board of Directors and Staff of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival want to thank the many hard working volunteers, sponsors, and the Bardstown community for their support of the 2008 festival.  

    Few people understand how many hours it takes in preparation to have great events consecutively for six days. We appreciate the volunteers giving of time, energy and ideas. Their devotion to the festival has truly made it one of the best festivals in the world.

  • Grouchiness, twitchiness and haughtiness didn’t help John McCain in Wednesday’s debate, but what he said hurt him more than how he said it.

  • “Listen... do you smell something?”

      — Dr. Raymond Stantz

    “Ghostbusters”

    Many have asked why I am not participating in my co-worker Robert’s ghost hunting experiments this month. The answer is — I’m a big chicken.

    I don’t want to know if ghosts are real. I would rather they stay in the ambiguous realm of the unknown and I certainly don’t want to see one.

  • If history is any guide the pace of campaign ads in various media will keep intensifying until Nov. 4.     

    Some reflections:

    •I find it very interesting to note the much bigger number of media channels now. If only our wisdom and concern for the common good grew as much!

    •It is indeed a challenge to sort through all the “message shaping” to actual positions on issues AND what they mean for all of us, especially for those who are poor, the group of us God watches specially.

  • Economic development can sometimes seem like taking two steps forward and one step back.

    Last week that is exactly how Nelson County Economic Development Agency executive Kim Huston felt when hours after taking part in a “grand opening” program at NPR she received word that Intertec Systems would be closing in the spring. That is about the time that Flowers Foods will open its multi-million dollar bakery in the new industrial park.

  • To the editor:

    Many have asked why the left keep on slinging such demeaning, derogatory insults toward Governor Palin. Some have surmised it is due to her anti-abortion stance, less taxation legislation enacted in Alaska or the fact she is just a woman. However, the reason most obvious to me is Sarah Palin is Christian. This characterization shows through by her pattern of speech [saying she is blessed], service to constituents and love for family, friends and country which is enthusiastically demonstrated.

  • To the editor:

    Now that Autumn is beginning to show its magnificent colors and tease us with tantalizing weather, once again I cherish and remember why this is my favorite season. With cool, brisk mornings showing a slight hint of fog, to the warm and peaceful sunny afternoons,  I am amazed at how quickly the years seem to go by; yet, the memories are still vivid as if yesterday.

  • To the editor:

  • To the editor:

    I’m asking Kentuckians to not forget the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan still risking their lives daily in the name of freedom and justice.

  • Despite pledges from many beauty queens that they will work for world peace, few if any keep their promise once crowned. It’s not as easy as saying, “Can’t we all just get along?” Peace is an elusive concept, whether it be nationally, internationally or within one’s own mind.

  • During the past several decades respect for the American flag has seemed to flag.

    The strictures about taking a flag down from an unlit pole at night, the proper display of a flag in ceremonies and placing one’s hand over the heart during the pledge have waned.

    It would seem that as the flag has become fair game for being made into apparel or exploited for commercial purposes it has been losing luster as a revered symbol of our country. Perhaps that is why the flag retirement ceremony last Sunday by the Cox’s Station DAR was so refreshing.

  • To the editor:

    In a Standard editorial it was stated the “Nelson County Schools missed being an Exemplary Growth district by just a hair” but let us look at the scores by schools. The facts are in and while the elementary schools did well and if it was not for them (elementary) Nelson County scores would be far worse as a whole. Let’s look at Nelson County High School scores in its ranking among other high schools in the state.