• By Margie Bradford

    The French philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes famously pronounced “Cognito ergo sum,” “I think, therefore I am,” thereby declaring the primacy of the mind and rationality in determining who and what we are as humans.

    That philosophic pronouncement seems to be given more proof in a recent analysis of 37 studies of older people, published in Psychology and Aging, and reported in the June 2015 issue of the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter. The article stated that:

  • Donald Trump became the driving force in U.S. politics by giving voice to anger, fear and resentment that were already there, just below the surface, waiting for their moment and messenger.

  • To believe his critics, Donald Trump has ripped up the U.S. Constitution and sprinkled its shreds on the smoldering embers of what was once the Statute of Liberty.

    He did this, of course, by proposing a temporary ban on Muslim immigration into the United States, which might be the most roundly and fiercely denounced idea in America since the British Parliament passed the Intolerable Acts (in 1774).

  • It’s ironic that the outcry against allowing Syrian refugees into this country coincided with Thanksgiving, when we Americans express our gratitude to God for his blessings, and Advent, when we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Prince of Peace.

    The response by many who call themselves American Christians could not be more at odds with the gospel of Jesus or the traditions of this country.

  • This coming Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, The Kentucky Standard will be celebrating 115 years of publishing.

    For the last 11 decades, The Standard has preserved essential records and detailed accounts of the people, issues and events that shaped Nelson County. No one else can come close to recording the history of a community than the local newspaper. That’s why it’s so important that we celebrate this milestone.

  • In her recent book “The Heartbeat of God,” Katherine Jefferts Schori, former presiding bishop of the American Episcopal Church, calls on people of faith to explore their connections as humans with each other and with the whole of our environment through the lens of our faith.

    She contends that faith interacts with issues such as poverty, health care and even climate change. Here in Bardstown, we have an excellent example of people acting to express their faith through action, and it has been going on for almost three decades.

  • To the editor,

    Our Bardstown and Nelson County communities were well represented in October by American Legion Post 42 during a Legion overseas deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 

    On this LOD mission, team members focused on the care of veterans, their families, and showing that folks back home miss them and send their support and prayers.  Going to Cuba is like visiting Small Town USA, and while Bardstown has a sister city in France, I wish we could adopt Guantanamo Bay as a military sister-brother city overseas.

  • To the editor,

    On behalf of the Bardstown Parks and Recreation Department staff, I want to extend our sincere appreciation to everyone who made our eighth annual free Halloween Party an outstanding success. Over 500 youth were in attendance, along with parents and grandparents. Special thanks to Shannon Oller at the Guthrie Opportunity Center for use of their facility.

  • To the editor,

  • To the editor,

    Where does the greed end?

    I was paying one of my utility bills by telephone, a completely automated process, yet I was charged a fee. So that we are on the same page, they charged me to pay my bill.

    Maybe it’s me, but aren’t utilities public? At one point, did we say they are going to make X amount of profit?

    Keep in mind that they provide a service the source of which is a public project — a dam, a reactor or a furnace, each a product of a government subsidy.

  • It’s not you, it’s me.

    When I was younger, I ended a few relationships with that explanation and was the recipient more than once.

    I didn’t always mean it when I said it, and I didn’t always believe the person who said it to me.

  • Support for those speaking out against tax increase

  • Thanks for helping clean up

    To the editor,

    The Bardstown-Nelson County Summer Community Development Corps greatly appreciates the support of local businesses and community members for making the second Community Cleanup on Sunday, July 26, a success. 

  • A beautiful love story

    To the editor,

    If you love a beautiful love story, then time is about to run out. This Saturday, Aug. 15, will mark the 2015 season end of “The Stephen Foster Story” production at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown.

    The story is beautiful magnified by a wonderfully talented cast. It is fun. It is funny. It is a Kentucky treasure. But, most of all, it is heart-warmingly beautiful.

    If you have not seen the updated production recently, I highly recommend it to you before it is too late.

  • Community Clinic thanks United Way

    The Nelson County Community Clinic board of directors, patients and volunteer staff wish to sincerely thank the Tri-County Kentucky United Way for the generous $14,500 grant.  The funds will be used to cover medical and dental supplies for patients and prescription medications for the working uninsured residents of Nelson County.  

  • One minute the sun is shining, and the next minute dark storm clouds come rolling in like a roaring locomotive barreling down the railroad tracks.

    The almost daily thunderstorms that most of Kentucky is experiencing have destroyed homes, swept away vehicles, downed power lines, uprooted trees, and tragically taken the lives of two people with six more still missing in Flat Gap, Ky., after a flash flood hit the area three days ago.