• 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.

  • Dog park a good idea, but let’s watch costs

    The most recent figures show there are more than 72 billion dogs in this country. And the amount of money Americans are spending on their pets keeps increasing. In 1998, statistics show Americans were spending $17 billion a year. By 2007 that figure spiked to more than $41 billion.

    Obviously, Americans care about their pets, and more than half the households that share their lives with furry and sometimes not-so-furry creatures consider them part of the family. It’s only natural then that we would want the very best for our “best friends.”

  • Idea for an indoor pool has come around again

    The time has come to “pool” our resources and make an indoor swimming pool for Bardstown and Nelson County a reality.

  • Court cases should be kept in public’s eye

    Last week was a small victory for the public’s right to know thanks to The Courier Journal, which played the important role of watchdog.

    All of it started when the CJ asked the state’s court system why 3,600 cases had been sealed from public view during the last decade. Sadly when asked, the court system officials admitted they knew little about the cases — including why they were closed, if they were closed properly and if they should remain closed at this time.

  • Practice Small Business Saturday every day

    This past Saturday, consumers in Nelson County, as well as the entire nation, were encouraged to support small businesses. For one day, the Small Business Saturday initiative, co-sponsored by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, called on shoppers to pass the big-box store in favor of a mom ’n’ pop shop.