• Our hopes for 2011

    As we leave what has been a rough 2010 and look forward to 2011, here’s a list of our hopes for the new year.

    • Kentucky will finally join the ranks of other former top burley-producing states — North Carolina and Virginia — and pass a statewide smoke-free workplace ordinance to protect workers’ health.

    • Kentucky lawmakers will pass a balanced budget on time.

    • Newly elected local officials will settle into their leadership roles and fulfill their campaign promises.

  • Bardstown on its way to being culinary destination

    You could call it “recreational dining,” but that sounds more like a hot dog-eating contest. In this case recreational dining refers to those who travel to a particular town or region to patronize an eating establishment.

  • It is important to post your house number prominently

    Recently at a 5:01 Chamber event, incoming City of Bardstown council member Fred Hagan expressed his surprise to find so many Bardstown homes without house numbers while campaigning door to door this fall. It was especially surprising since the City of Bardstown has an ordinance on the books requiring residents to post their house numbers.

  • Saying bye to those who have served our county

    In his quiet, unsuspecting way Sheriff Mike Newton has changed the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    From the Editorial Page of The New York Sun, written by Francis P. Church, Sept. 21, 1897.

    We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:


    Dear Editor:

    I am 8 years old.

    Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

  • Heaven Hill marks another milestone in its history

    It is possible to gauge the growing popularity of bourbon whiskey, particularly the Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey distilled by Heaven Hill, by measuring the number of years that elapse between the “milestone barrels.”

  • Stem cell research can benefit life and limb

    Last week, two Labrador retrievers unwittingly became part of the cutting-edge of medical technology. Their osteoarthritis was treated with their own stem cells in an operation at SpecialPets in Bardstown. From just a four-hour surgery and month-long healing, the dogs will be able to walk like they did before being afflicted with this painful disease.

    Imagine if it were that easy for people to receive a relatively simple treatment for any number of diseases and conditions. It could be — if we’d let it.

  • Time to pay true prices for dairy products

    Once again we have a story about how farmers are being squeezed out each year as large corporations continue to increase their profits. And quite frankly — it makes us mad. The same story continues to play out in which business consolidation in any industry continues to drive prices down for the producer, increases the price for the consumer and pads the pockets of top business executives. When will it stop?

  • There should be no turf battles over helping kids at Christmas

    This year’s effort to collect and distribute toys to needy children in Nelson County for Christmas has been a classic case of what happens when people won’t or can’t communicate.

    There is plenty of blame to go around. Luckily for the children, there is a happy ending, and thank goodness there is time to get things sorted out before the next drive in 2011. But all of the players need to get on the same page as early as possible to find points of agreement so they can move forward.

  • Flaget’s ‘No-Wait ER’ a welcome initiative

    We’ve all been there. You lose your footing and twist your ankle; it swells to twice its size. Your toddler’s fever spikes after your pediatrician’s office closes. You have chest pain.

    There are countless reasons we go to the emergency room, but we have one thing in common — we don’t want to wait once we get there. Waiting is never fun, but when you’re sick, worried or in pain, it adds insult to injury.