• On the back of the 18-wheeler were two signs. The one on the left said: “Passing side,” the one on the right: “Suicide.”

    I got the message. It was harsh but effective, so I remember it years later.

    You don’t want to pass a semi on the right. The trucker won’t see you, and if he tries to move back into the right lane, it’s going to ruin your day and his.

    Seldom is there a need to pass on the right. Unfortunately, some people drive in the left lane, causing others to have to pass on the right.

  • In 1901, Collier’s Weekly magazine published a pair of articles in what it called its “Labor Day Number.” One of the columns was by Carroll D. Wright, who was serving as U.S. Commissioner of Labor. The other was by Samuel Gompers, president of the American Federation of Labor. Both men put what today we would call their own “spin” on the holiday.

    These days most of us think of Labor Day as just a day off and the end of the summer grilling season. But 109 years ago, Labor Day was still a new concept.

  • To the editor,

  • One reason I consider myself fortunate to have led a life in politics is that, over time, I’ve had a chance to work with nine presidents. From Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, I’ve talked policy, politics and, sometimes, the trivial details of daily life with them. I met JFK twice for brief conversations. I don’t know our current president, but I’ve gained valuable perspective from his predecessors.

  • “A farce to be reckoned with ” is the title of a two page editorial in the Summer 2017 issue of Vanity Fair, by editor Graydon Carter.

  • Tessie Cecil dedicated herself to the city of New Haven as mayor for 20 years. She ended that run at the end of 2010. In August 2016, she decided that she needed to return to government and that her experience would be beneficial to the town’s new leadership, so she ran for, and won, a seat on the New Haven Commission.

    On Aug. 19, 2017, however, Cecil stepped back into an old role as she was again sworn in as mayor.

  • Over the past several years, there has been a big change in the way many people watch television.

    The trend away from cable to using internet streaming is real, and our area is no exception. Using devices that can be purchased with a non-reoccurring cost, such as Roku, Apple TV or Firestick, then adding apps, viewers with HDMI ports on their television sets can stream content.

  • Riding on a bus in the middle of the night through Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, it’s impressive, the sheer volume of traffic, hour after hour. Tanker trucks and semis and auto carriers, thousands of tons of goods moving to market, like a train of ants carrying leaves to their anthill. Out here, you don’t see the “American carnage” referred to in the inaugural address back in January. Evidently the speaker who portrayed the country as a beached whale and a victim of international conspiracies has now fixed the problems and we’re booming again. Good.

  • “O mother
    What shall I cry?
    We demand a committee, a representative
    committee, a committee of investigation
    — T.S. Eliot, Difficulties of a Statesman”

    Many have asked with rising hope in their voices: Will Steve Bannon be fired?

  • This Republican Congress is making important strides on issues that have a direct impact on Kentucky. We’ve listened to you and the concerns you’ve raised. As your senior Senator, I am proud of these accomplishments, and we’re just getting started.

  • One of the oddest things I’ve ever seen was a little black girl smiling and waving a Confederate battle flag in the Jessamine Jamboree parade.

    I had written a commentary about the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ plan to protest the Chamber of Commerce’s decision not to allow them to display the flag in the parade. Symbols of the Lost Cause, I said, belonged in a museum, not on Main Street.

    It backfired. Supporters of the Old South came out in full force, and there were rebel flags everywhere, including in the parade.

  • There is a serious impediment to the political discourse in this country — and among voters — that is making progress on any host of issues important to the nation increasingly impossible.

    It is false equivalency, a type of logical fallacy that has appeared in the form of essay questions on just about every college Philosophy 101 exam.

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  • John Swarts

    Community Columnist

    I read the following Facebook entry from one of my Facebook friends. The emotion that this request for opinions about which washing machine technology is better stirred up very passionate responses. So I decided to devote my column to what I discovered in examining the old versus the new washer technologies.

    A friend made this Facebook post: “We are in the market for a new washer and dryer … things have changed quite a bit since I was last in the market.”

  • David Whitlock

    Guest Columnist


    One of the deacons in my church prefaced his offertory prayer this past Sunday with a prayer of another kind, not one having to do with the offering itself but nonetheless a most appropriate prayer for the hour in which we Americans find ourselves once again.

  • Monday afternoon, all eyes are going to be on the sky, and that is not necessarily a good thing.

    Trying to view the eclipse directly, without proper eye protection, can result in permanent damage or even total blindness.

  • We would like to take a moment to thank everyone who made the 2017 Bourbon City Street Concert a huge success. First and foremost, we greatly appreciate our title sponsors, Jim Beam and WesBanco Bank, who continue to support this family-friendly event in the heart of downtown Bardstown.

  • “How can you govern when 75 percent of the country is against you,” Henrique Capriles, de facto leader of the Venezuelan opposition, asked recently.

    He was pointing to a poll indicating Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan President, only had a 23 percent approval rating. Capriles, for his part, narrowly lost to Maduro in the 2013 Presidential elections and was, in April, banned from holding office for 15 years.

  • Vision. No, not the kind where you have a dream or idea about future plans. While that is good too, what I am talking about is literal vision, the gift of sight. I know firsthand how valuable it can be. A couple weeks ago, I finally broke down and did something about mine. Cataract surgery is about 30 very uncomfortable minutes on a hospital table with someone poking around in your eye with a needle, but in the end, it was more than worth it.

  • This weekend, the Bardstown City Pool is going to the dogs, literally, and it’s great.

    In its first five years, the Dippin’ Dogs event has raised $20,000 for local canine charities — the Nelson County Humane Society, Bourbon City Bark Park, Pawsville and Barktown Rescue. This year, organizers hope to add another $5,000 to that total.