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Columns

  • We need better government

    I just returned from a nation that has no income tax, nor even any sales tax. This nation’s government is so small, so weak, that you could drown it in a bathtub. And there’s almost no regulation of business or individuals. At first glance, this nation would seem to be a dream come true for most members of the Tea Party. In reality, I just returned from the utter nightmare that is Haiti.

  • Hybrid school bus a positive step

    If all goes well, the Bardstown School System will soon purchase its first hybrid school bus. The school board approved its purchase last week, contingent upon whether the school district receives a federal stimulus grant that would pay the additional costs over the price of a regular bus.

  • Fall has arrived — there is a crispness in the air

    It's that time of year again. The air is crisp, (and so is the ground unfortunately; Is it ever going to rain again?) the leaves are beginning to change color and the smell is undeniable — it's fall. The weather in autumn is the most pleasant of the seasons and the sensory experience most vivid. This makes memories from this time of year stand out in a way in which other seasons have no such power.

  • Autumn is busy, be in the know — read the paper

    Here at The Kentucky Standard there is always something happening on which to report, attend and/or take pictures from school activities including sports and fall festivals and town news to some national news, which may affect this community.

  • Our identifications go beyond just our names

    The other day I got an e-mail from Nancy Kennedy.

    That's Nancy B. Kennedy from Hopewell, N.J.

    Years ago she and I wrote articles for the same magazine group — I wrote humor stories and she wrote about finance, and readers often got us mixed up. I told her once that I thought about writing a humorous finance article and really confuse things.

    We became acquainted when either the magazines' business office or the IRS mixed up our 1099s.

  • My best friend is finally a married woman

    Two months ago, my best friend decided to get married. On Saturday, her wedding day quickly arrived.

    Sometimes, I don't realize just how short of a time frame two months actually is. But, within those two months, my best friend, Leslie — with the assistance of family and friends — had everything ready for her wedding day. It was a busy two months of planning, buying decorations, flowers, a cake and a bazillion other things needed for a wedding. Through all the planning and preparation, I must say it culminated nicely Saturday.

  • Clean up welfare - start drug testing rules

    When I applied for a reporter job at The Kentucky Standard back in 1998, I went through the usual procedure. I turned in my resume, received a phone interview then went in for a face-to-face interview. Then I was offered the job ee on one condition. I first had to agree to take a drug test. If I passed then I would be hired. If I failed, it was simple — I wouldn’t get the job.

  • Times are tough, time to tighten our belts

    Daily, it seems as though our country is sinking deeper into a state of depression. News of financial institutions declaring bankruptcy is becoming more common. Partnered with the rising costs of commodities the outlook for Americans becomes sadder with little certainty of what the future will hold. Although I can speak most knowledgeably from my own perspective, as a young person just starting out, I can also infer that these events leave seniors and the lower class, especially, in dire straits as well.

  • Times are tough, time to tighten our belts

    Daily, it seems as though our country is sinking deeper into a state of depression. News of financial institutions declaring bankruptcy is becoming more common. Partnered with the rising costs of commodities the outlook for Americans becomes sadder with little certainty of what the future will hold. Although I can speak most knowledgeably from my own perspective, as a young person just starting out, I can also infer that these events leave seniors and the lower class, especially, in dire straits as well.

  • If you can't control it then don't fret over it

    Meteorology was my favorite class in college, which is odd considering I was an English major. The class, taught by a brilliant but stern and somewhat scary professor, was like a breath of fresh air compared to the four literature courses I was also taking that semester. Instead of plodding through all of Jane Austen’s books, I got to learn about the jet stream, tornadoes, thunderstorms and what causes the wind to blow. The information seemed refreshingly relevant compared to the British writers who dominated my last semester of college.