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Editorials

  • EDITORIAL: You can be part of Bread for Life and its milestone celebration

    According to Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland, which supplies much of the food distributed at Bread for Life, 5,900 people — out of Nelson County’s population of 44,564 — don’t know where their next meal is coming from. That number includes people of all ages, races and walks of life. Kentucky is also the sixth highest state in America for senior food insecurity. In Kentucky, 10.8 percent of the elderly population was food insecure. One in 10 Kentuckians 60 years of age or older risks going hungry.

  • Editorial: Opportunities for summer learning are plentiful

    For many students, school is officially out for the summer. It would do us all some good to remember, though, that learning doesn’t stop just because our children aren’t spending hours a day sitting in classrooms. While kids definitely need time to rip and run and play and explore, we can work to make sure they’re still learning. We can help them find ways to plug in to the community. We can find activities that help them learn life skills while they play at home.

  • Editorial: New Haven River Day will channel the past, provide for the future

    Organizers of New Haven’s River Day event are hoping Saturday, June 23, will see good participation by the public.

    Part of the activity will center on the Rolling Fork River with rafts, floats and kayaks bobbing in the water harkening back to the 1970s and the storied New Haven River Raft race. Participants, mostly young adults in cutoffs and fueled by cans of adult beverages, would try to outdo one another in putting together floating contraptions that had an overall visual appearance of “Mad Max” meets “Waterworld.”

  • Editorial: Bradley’s plans appear to be guiding Nelson County Schools in an exciting direction

    Wes Bradley provided a road map for where he wants to take Nelson County Schools when he interviewed for the position. It was an 82-page book that he developed about how to create a community-centered school district.

    Earlier this month, he presented one of the first steps in that journey, in the form of a reorganization plan for the district’s central office that included three director positions.

  • Editorial: Full steam ahead on economic development

    With Nelson County’s unemployment rate hovering around the 3 percent mark and the local industrial parks running out of room for large operations, does it make any sense to keep funneling economic development assets in efforts to lure manufacturing plants here?

    That was the question posed recently by Kim Huston to a meeting of the Bardstown Rotary Club. Huston heads up the Nelson County Economic Development Agency. The agency has been on a roll in recent years, but it is way too early to pull the plug on efforts to recruit new large plants.

  • Editorial: Good luck, class of 2018!

    Graduation season is upon us. More than 500 local high school seniors are receiving diplomas this year. That’s more than 500 new faces in our colleges or workforce, more than 500 new adventures waiting to happen.

  • EDITORIAL: Don’t overreact, but hep A vaccine is a good idea

    Kentucky is in the midst of a public health crisis with a hepatitis A outbreak, but it is important for people not to overreact.

    Nelson County Jail has had one confirmed case. There are several counties, including Jefferson, Hardin, Bullitt, Greenup, Carter and Boyd, that have had so many confirmed cases that health officials in April urged everyone living in them to get vaccinated. Since that warning, there have been more than 150 more cases in Louisville, alone.

    In a typical year, Kentucky has about 40 confirmed cases.

  • EDITORIAL: Speed limit change is proof that opinions can make a difference

    On a section of Springfield Road (U.S. 150), the speed limit has been officially reduced by 10 miles an hour from 55 to 45 thanks to a chain of actions started by an inquiry from a Springhill Subdivison resident, Pete Trzop.

    Trzop talked to State Rep. Chad McCoy about a dangerous section of the highway where curves and hills hide a number of entrances. McCoy passed his comments on to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

    The section in question is that part of the road from just east of McDonalds to the intersection of Ky. 245.

  • Editorial: Drake deserving of distinguished alumni recognition

    Kennet Drake, the recipient of the T. Gerald Florence Outstanding Alumni Award for 2018, was an apt pick.

    The retired teacher and principal is a Nelson County native and spent his entire career in education serving his home county. The award is named in honor of T.G. Florence, who served as the first principal at Nelson County High School.

  • Editorial: Do your research and vote Tuesday

    When most of us talk about Election Day, we’re referencing the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. But primary elections are just as important. Primary elections are our chance to pick the players for those November elections.

    Tuesday, May 22, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can vote to decide who will represent you in November elections for state representative, magistrate in two districts, jailer, sheriff, county clerk and county judge-executive.