• EDITORIAL: Simple step can save lives in fire

    It’s getting colder, and that means we are trying to stay warm. But with colder weather comes the risk of fire, which is why local fire departments recently reminded people to take some commonsense steps to stay warm and safe.

    But there are some steps that are not so obvious to most people, including this year’s focus on “Close before you doze.”

    As Scott Thompson, assistant chief of the Northeast Nelson Fire Protection District, told a group recently, a closed door on a bedroom can make a life-saving difference.

  • EDITORIAL: ’Tis the season for pet adoption

    Imagine getting the family together during the holidays and going to your local pet shelter to pick out that new puppy or kitten.

    The look in the eyes of the kids as they find that perfect pet, or the look in the eyes of that puppy or kitten as they find their new family. Their new home where they get to cuddle up with the kids, chase them around the house, and be the little companion that always follows them around and grows up as the kids grow up.

  • EDITORIAL: Shop local today, and every day

    This past Saturday was Small Business Saturday, when shopping locally and supporting local businesses was promoted nationwide by local business organizations, big cities and small towns across the United States.

    The purpose, of course, is to keep dollars local so that local businesses can thrive. But keeping spending local doesn’t just help the small businesses where the money is spent; it supports an entire array of other businesses.

  • EDITORIAL: Mental health court provides a real chance for change

    Locking up offenders as punishment for illegal activity has long been society’s preferred method for discouraging repeat bad behavior.

    That does not mean it is always the best way to seek an outcome that benefits society or the individual caught up in the legal system. In some cases there are better alternatives, and the Nelson County Mental Health Court is a good example.

  • EDITORIAL: So much for bipartisanship, eh Mitch?

    “The Senate has proved its ability to reach bipartisan solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation,” Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., wrote recently not on the satirical news site The Onion, but for Fox News.

    “After years of rhetoric,” the irony-free op-ed said of McConnell’s Democratic adversaries, “it’s hardly news that some are more interested in fanning the flames of division than reaching across the aisle.”

  • EDITORIAL: City’s improved fire protection rating results from planning, teamwork

    Sometimes when firefighters talk about ISO ratings, it can feel a little like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown.

    If the government officials would just spend this $1 million for a new fire truck, it might lower the rating. Or if they add a new full-time position. Or more overtime for training. Or some other item on the wish list.

    Forget Lucy and Charlie Brown. For many communities, a lower ISO rating is their Great White Whale, where they throw more taxpayer money into equipment and manpower only to come up disappointed.

  • EDITORIAL: Thanksgiving can be more than a one-day state of mind

    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?

  • EDITORIAL: Results show voters open to qualified local GOP candidates

    If Nelson County is going to have a viable choice between candidates running for county offices in November, then the local Republican Party needs to work on recruiting better-qualified candidates.

    There was a time when who would lead this county was settled in the Democratic primary because nobody ran on the Republican ticket. That seems to almost still be the case.

  • EDITORIAL: Lydian good first choice for NAACP’s lifetime award

    Former Bardstown City Councilman Francis Lydian is a fitting first recipient of the Nelson County Branch of the NAACP’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He was recognized last month at the branch’s first Freedom Banquet.

  • EDITORIAL: Of checks, balances — and baseball

    Last week we witnessed the highest voter turnout, nationwide, for midterm elections in 50 years. At a whopping 47 percent, nearly half of the eligible voters in the U.S. decided to exercise their right to vote. Of course, that also means that 53 percent of eligible voters decided not to exercise their right to vote. While it would have been nice to see a higher percentage of eligible voters go to the polls, the turnout that we did have at the polls certainly speaks to the importance of these midterms. And because of this turnout, things changed.