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Opinion

  • On behalf of the Nelson County Deputy Clerks’ Relay for Life team, we would like to take this opportunity to show our appreciation to everyone who attended the annual pie auction. A big thank you goes out to all the officials and bakers who provided the selection of goodies for the event and for those who could not attend, but gave a generous donation. A special thank you to Joey Hayden, our auctioneer, and Dean Watts for the use of the Civic Center.

    We are grateful that we have so many generous supporters who share the vision of ending cancer.

  • The U.S. military dropped a huge bomb on a remote part of Afghanistan recently. It was so powerful that it had been kept on the shelf since it was created in 2003 because of the fear of the “collateral damage” it might cause. They dubbed it, with a kind of macho affection, “The Mother of all Bombs.”

    While it was the biggest non-nuclear bomb any government has ever dropped on another country, it was not “The Mother of All Bombs.”

  • In an ongoing effort to promote transparency in state government, Kentucky has taken steps to identify owners of unclaimed property. It may seem like a minor or non-existent issue to many, but the reality is that Kentucky’s unclaimed property fund contains assets with a combined value of nearly half a billion dollars.

  • Fads come and go, and there’s a laundry list of different ones, such as mood rings, Pokemon Go, acid-wash jeans, etc., that capture the fancy of folks for a time, then drift away, only for another to take its place.

    The hunt for painted rocks is the latest, and here’s hoping we see this one last a while.

  • Elections have consequences.

    Looking back to last November’s Bardstown City Council election, the outcome was the beginning of the end for Mayor John Royalty’s “bull in a China shop” administration.

  • On Wednesday, at 4:50 p.m., there were 118,027 people in the United States waiting for a lifesaving transplant, according to the United Network of Organ Sharing.

    That number will change every 10 minutes as more men, women and children are added to the list, and some who have been waiting for months and years will be fortunate enough to finally be matched with a lifesaving donor. In fact, 33,608 people were recipients of lifesaving organ transplants in 2016.

  • Nelson County Schools are looking for missing alumni.

    We need help in finding our missing classmates because not all of them are on the various social networking sites. If you are in contact with any of them, please direct them to our website.

    Finding our classmates will help us have a more successful alumni event on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Maywood Country Club.

    The group is available on Facebook at Nelson County Foundation. Just send us a message.

  • The City of New Haven would like to thank its 2017 Easter Egg Hunt sponsors:

    Rolling Fork Iron Horse Festival, Mouser’s Liquors, Guy’s Building Supplies, Jay Rust, Rust Funeral Home, Coy’s Taxidermy, New Haven Library, Amerigas, Sherwood Inn, Joseph L. Greenwell Funeral Home, Vittitow Cabinets, KDC Auto Sales, New Haven Florist, Newcomb Oil Company, New Haven Mini Warehouses, New Haven First & Last, New Haven Enhancement Team, Hometown IGA, K’La’s and Casey Clark.

    Thank you,

  • I was in my study at church early Easter morning, before anyone but the facilities manager had arrived.

    Looking out at the empty parking lot, I wondered, “What if no one showed up this morning? What if no one came to celebrate Easter Sunday?”

    Since I was immersed in John’s record of the resurrection, I pondered, “What if Mary hadn’t come to the tomb to find it empty? Then, she wouldn’t have run to tell Peter. How would he have known?”

  • President Donald Trump has a unique way of signing the many executive orders that he has signed since taking office. There are officials behind him as he signs with a flourish, then he holds it up to be admired, like a kid showing off his attendance prize.

    The executive order he signed March 24 had no public ceremony or flourish at the end. The order that he signed that day, just nine days before Equal Pay Day on April 4, was deeply ironic on several levels.

  • We’ve all been there. Someone has swerved into your lane, slammed on his or her brakes in front of you, sped up behind you, slowed to a crawl in front of you. And we all complain about how dangerous other drivers are.

    But we’ve also all been on the other side of the equation.

    Sometimes you have to rush to drop the kids off or get to a meeting and you don’t eat breakfast or your lunch break is cut short, so you finish a meal as you drive.

  • Bardstown received some more good news recently concerning the local hotel scene. Bourbon Trails Partnership LLLC announced plans for a 72-unit Sleep Inn to be located on Parkway Drive not far from the Springfield Road intersection.

    About half the units will be designed for extended-stay business guests and the remainder of the rooms will be geared toward the traditional tourist.

    The developers say this hybrid concept is “something you will see more of” in the future.

  • While some pundits are suggesting that the Trump administration is beginning to understand the realities that come with being president, I’m not convinced that his virtual 180s on Syria, China, NATO and America First isolationism are anything more than indicative of chaotic, off-the-cuff decision-making process.

  • The world is agog at Donald Trump’s head-snapping foreign policy reversal. He runs on a platform of America First. He renounces the role of world policeman. He excoriates parasitic foreigners that (I paraphrase) suck dry our precious bodily fluids — and these are allies! On April 4, Trump declared: “I don’t want to be the president of the world. I’m the president of the United States. And from now on, it’s going to be America First.”

  • “This world is not my home.

    I’m just a-passin’ through.

    If you grew up in the South in the last century, you’ve probably heard this old hymn.

    “The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door, and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”

  • There have been a number of times in my 19-year broadcasting career that deadlines have stared me in the face with a nasty smirk, as if to say “You won’t make it, Matthew.” Thursday was one of those days, as our community was on edge for news it had anticipated for a while. After two days of a hearing at the courthouse to possibly remove the mayor from office, the City Council went into deliberation ... too close to my deadline. Too close to everyone’s deadlines. Five TV stations, the newspaper, and an online gazette were all sitting in close proximity.

  • After two days of intense testimony last week and more than two hours of deliberation, Bardstown City Council members voted unanimously to remove Bardstown Mayor John Royalty from office on three charges of misconduct. While the courtroom erupted in loud applause and most social media posts were celebratory in nature or mean-spirited, let us be clear.

    No one really won in this case.

  • If Bardstown Mayor John Royalty cares as much for this city as he claims, then he has a choice to make.

    If he is innocent of the many charges leveled Tuesday in the findings of a three-month investigation, then he should defend himself and his job at the scheduled April 12 hearing that could result in his removal from office.

    But if he did what the investigators say, then he should step down. It would save the taxpayers money and it might lessen the embarrassment this city has endured during his two years in office.

  • To the editor,
    On behalf of the Tyler M. Foster Scholarship Fund, we would like to extend our gratitude for those who supported our endeavor by purchasing raffle tickets. We would like to congratulate our winners of the two iPads: Carol Walker and Susan Pearson. A special thanks goes to our family and friends who assisted in selling the raffle tickets. We are so thankful to be a part of the Bardstown/Nelson County community, where we continue to receive the blessings of love, prayers and support.