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Opinion

  • 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.

  • Owning a dog is a lot of responsibility, and one of those duties is to keep it under the owner’s control.

    Nelson County has what is commonly referred to as a “leash law.” While that law does not literally mean that an animal must be on a leash constantly, it does require that a dog remain under the control of its owner at all times.

    Unfortunately, too many area residents are unaware of these requirements, and others either fail or flout the law.

  • So. We have a vulgar, unstable yoyo with a toxic ego and an attention deficit problem in the White House and now we can see that government by Twitter is like trying to steer a ship by firing a pistol at the waves, not really useful, but what does it all add up to? Not that much, if you ask me, which you didn’t, but I’ll say it anyway.

    We will survive this. He will do what damage he can, like a man burning books out of anger that he can’t read, but there will still be plenty of books left.

  • A future trivia question and historical footnote, the spectacular 10-day flameout of Anthony Scaramucci qualifies as the most entertaining episode yet of the ongoing reality show that is the Trump presidency. (Working title: “The Pompadours of 1600 Pennsylvania.”) But even as the cocksure sycophant’s gobsmacking spectacle stole the show, something of real importance took place a bit lower on the radar.

  • Do ordinary citizens still have a voice in Washington and in their state capitals? Despite the cynicism of these times, my answer is, yes, we do ... But we have to exercise it.

  • As a parent, you try to teach your children that they have to work for what they want.

    That was the lesson my wife and I had in mind when we made a deal with our youngest son, Quinn.

    Quinn has had a soft spot for animals since he was a toddler. He has always been fascinated by our friends’ dogs, my parents’ dog, just about any dog he comes across.

    “You need to get that boy a dog,” my dad told me several years ago. “Little boys need a dog.”

  • It’s that time of year again. Parents with children know it all too well. Those of us without them do, too.

    Back-to-school season is in full swing. The aisles of notebooks and crayons are overflowing in stores. The drop-off and pick-up lines are overflowing into morning and afternoon traffic.

  • Anytime we lose a part of our precious local history, it’s a day of mourning. The recent acts of vandalism and arson at the Wickland property are sad reminders that some individuals, especially youth, don’t fully understand that their actions have lasting consequences for generations to come.

  • There is a special club in Nelson County that is full of some busy people. They have an addiction that affects them and spreads to their families and friends as well. They belong to the Cannot Say No Club. When a cause comes around, when they see a need to do something, when a friend or colleague asks them to get involved in a project, they simply cannot say no.

  • There’s no shortage of threats to our democracy. Russian meddling in elections, the vulnerability of state voting systems to hacking, politicians’ assaults on the media, and political leaders’ growing fondness for policy-making in secret — all of these pose a real challenge to our system’s viability.

    As worrisome as these are, there’s one problem that may be the greatest threat of all: Americans’ loss of faith in politics and democratic institutions.

  • To the editor,
    St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank the many individuals, churches, organizations and companies that have donated to our Mission Store and Bread For Life Food Pantry. We would not be able to help the needy of Nelson County without your wonderful generosity.

  • Al Cross

    Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

    University of Kentucky

    This column is on a less frequent schedule for the summer, but one of its favorite subjects has been especially busy since our last visit.

  • Given the current partisan divides in this country, it can be hard for people to find common ground upon which they can agree.

    We have seen that the divide even extends into the Republican Party in Washington, where it was not Democrats who doomed the GOP’s long-promised repeal-and-replace of Obamacare, but rather moderate and conservative senators.

    But what the public should be able to agree upon is that the Republicans are quickly demonstrating that they have become a party of resistance rather than one capable of governance.

  • The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office recently hosted a training session on officer safety and reminded the participants that complacency kills.

    The training was geared toward law enforcement. Officers deal with dangerous situations every day. That’s why we give them guns and bulletproof vests and authorize them to use their discretion to decide when to shoot and possibly kill someone. Every time they respond to a call, there is the potential for it to become a life-or-death situation.

  • Riding high on the release of the live-action Disney film version, this year’s second show for The Stephen Foster Drama Association is “Beauty and the Beast.” The show, as well as events such as the recent Be Our Guest Tea Party, has done a great job at appealing to children, not only providing a second family show, but by drawing them into theater, offering exercise for imaginations and fostering interest in the arts.

  • I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to journalism, I’m a traditionalist. Old-fashioned, even. But I don’t think it’s a coincidence that even while confidence in the media drops to new lows and Time magazine feels moved to wonder “Is Truth Dead?” on its cover, huge numbers of Americans have come to believe the media is not as authoritative as it once was.