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Opinion

  • To the editor,
    I live in Woodlawn Springs subdivision located just north of Bardstown. According to officials with the Bardstown-Nelson County Planning Commission, the Chris Osborne family is currently making a proposal to sell their failing golf course located here in order to put single family homes, condominiums and possibly apartment complexes on the property.

  • To the editor,

  • The church sanctuary was packed. The audience was abuzz with chatter. The orchestra was tuning their instruments. Within minutes, I would step to the platform, greet the audience, pray, then sit back and enjoy the cantata, the performance of which was under the very capable hands of our minister of music, who that night, was the conductor for the big event.

    Then someone told me I’d better check on him.

    Having made my way to his office, I stuck my head in the door. “You OK?” I hesitatingly asked.

  • Cloaked in the darkness of night, on the eve of Advent, the Trump tax bill was passed in the U.S. Senate. Advent is the season that commemorates Mary’s descent into deeper silence to ponder the great mystery she was about to birth. Tonight, I am pondering the mystery of the Trump tax bill, with “Dark Side of the Moon” playing in the background.

  • Residents of Maple Hill received a message of hope in November, when one of their own neighbors bought the building at 709 W. Stephen Foster Ave. The building, known as the Broken Tee Nite Club building, has been a thorn in the side of many residents — not just from aesthetic purposes but also because of the alleged illegal activity and disregard or lack of enforcement of city laws.

  • To the editor,
    Once again, this community has come together to support The New Life Center.  We are especially excited this year as the first time in our five years of hosting The Turkey Fun Run and Family Stroll, we exceeded 200 runners.
    Our final count was 214! We thank each and every runner, volunteer and sponsor.

  • My friend Pastor B.D. Christensen said something so good Sunday morning that I woke up and wrote it down: “[something something] ... about making peace with the mistakes of the past [blah blah blah] and learning from them. It’s slippery ground, in general, to judge past actions by present standards and with a benefit of hindsight that is, morally, highly questionable.”

  • I am not in the “ignore President Trump’s tweets because they are a distraction from important things” camp. His most recent micro-harangues — accusing (without evidence) a news executive of wrongdoing, hinting that a television host may have been involved in murder and embracing the debunked anti-Muslim rantings of Britain’s alt-right — indicate some type of degeneration. The president seems to be in a downward spiral of anger, compulsion, conspiracy thinking and prejudice that is alternately offensive and frightening.

  • Let me begin with an apology to Ed McClanahan for stealing the title of his book.

    McClanahan wrote “Famous People I Have Known,” which recalls his experiences with Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters and other 1960s luminaries.

    I’m embarrassed to say I never read the book, but I’m familiar with the story from having read Tom Wolfe’s “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” as a teenager.

  • Tuesday marks the halfway mark of the six-month deadline Congress has to ensure the future of many of our neighbors and friends who are Americans in all but name.

    On Sept. 5, President Donald Trump canceled the Obama-era program of Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals that shielded undocumented immigrants from deportation. The program offered temporary protection for “Dreamers,” those undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, many of whom know of no other life or country than America.

  • To the editor,

    I have a veteran’s story to tell. I have run across a wonderful man, who has served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He has outlived the majority of his relatives, and he is here in Kentucky all by himself. I did not know what dire need that some of our veterans are in, until now.

    I met my wonderful veteran through a friend who told me that he had no groceries. l was able to supply him with some, however I soon found out that he needed so much more.

  • GARRISON KEILLOR

    Columnist

    The Washington Post

    For evolution, the Constitution,

    And the ATMs of banks,

    The Times and Post and the whole West Coast,

    I want to give sincerest thanks.

    A Mozart sonata, my inamorata,

    And a first-rate BLT.

    For Silverman (Sarah) and the Obama era,

    I give thanks most thankfully.

    I’m a fraud, a fake, a big mistake, a creep.

    I’m over a barrel but I care a lot for Meryl Streep.

  • MICHAEL GERSON

    columnist

    michaelgerson@washpost.com

    Even in a political season of routine marvels, few developments are more spectacularly incongruous than this: America has seen a swift, dramatic shift in attitudes toward sexual harassment with Donald Trump as president.

  • Lee H. Hamilton

    Director of the Center on Congress

    Indiana University

    One of the quirks of life in Washington, D.C., is that pretty much the only people who don’t refer to lobbyists by that name are, well, lobbyists. They’re “policy advisers,” or “strategic counsel,” or “public relations advisors,” or lawyers, or even just “consultants.” Whatever they’re called, though, they play a huge role in making policy.

  • MICHAEL BECKER

    President, Kentucky Realtors

    Tax reform proposals from both the House and Senate make sweeping changes to the tax benefits that homeowners have enjoyed for years. Unfortunately, if the current federal tax proposals stay as they are, this is likely to change. Here’s why:

  • Once again the Nelson County School Board is faced with another distraction Following board member David Norman’s resignation of his position Nov. 14.

  • In today’s society, we sometimes forget that there are still good people in the world. On three recent separate occasions, I have been fortunate enough to experience the goodness that still exists.

  • Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday.

    It’s sort of like Christmas without the hassle, tension, tackiness and greed.

    There are no greeting cards to mail, gifts to buy and return, rude crowds, inane jingles on the radio or loud commercials with car salesmen in ridiculous red suits.

    Thanksgiving is about appreciating what we’ve already got, not a brief interlude before Black Friday. It’s also about being with and enjoying one’s family.

  • Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. We’ll gather around tables and eat turkey and mashed potatoes until we’re full, then we’ll watch football until it’s time to go shopping. That’s how it goes, right?

  • To the editor,
    How anyone could possibly put the blame for overdoses and addictions of opioids on the pharmaceutical companies instead of solely on the weak-minded individual is beyond me.
    Our judge-executive and the magistrates want to recoup money from the makers of drugs (which help millions without being abused) instead of the drug abusers or over-prescribers. (editor’s note: The county approved joining a suit against drug distributors, not manufacturers.)