• EDITORIAL: NCSO Citizens Police Academy offers valuable perspective

    In the spring, the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office held its first Citizens Police Academy. Those who participated in the experience shared the enlightenment and education gained during the course. They encouraged their friends and neighbors to go through the program. And anyone who missed the first class recently had a second opportunity to take part. The second class started Oct. 9.

    The courses include hands-on experiences and education about policing taught through classroom training, discussion, multimedia presentations, demonstrations and practical exercises.

  • EDITORIAL: Zoning questions from both sides deserve their day in court

    There is little doubt that one of the factors involved in Rand McNally and USA Today naming Bardstown Most Beautiful Small Town in America in 2012 was our historic district.

    The overlay district was established more than 50 years ago and was the first of its kind in Kentucky and, with only a few exceptions, it has kept the exteriors of structures inside the district in compliance with accepted federal standards for preservation.

  • EDITORIAL: Waldorf’s dedication will truly be missed

    Like a lot of so-called “brought-ins,” when Jim Waldorf moved his family to Bardstown in the early 1970s, he embraced his new community with open arms.

    Unlike a lot of newcomers, that embrace morphed into something all-encompassing, with Waldorf donating thousands of volunteer hours over four and a half decades to make his adopted community a better place, not just for his children, but all of its children.

  • Opinion: Facing a dilemma: Cooperation and competition

    By Michael Quigley

  • Editorial: Copeland settlement while unfortunate, was the right call

    The Bardstown City Council recently agreed to settle with City Councilwoman Kecia Copeland to the tune of $40,000 to avoid what could have been a very costly lawsuit.

  • Editorial: Pursuit of criminal charges appropriate in Royalty case

    John Royalty’s legal issues deepened last Wednesday when a Nelson County grand jury indicted him on criminal charges that include one felony and three misdemeanors.

    Royalty was removed from office in April in an administrative quasi-judicial proceeding where the Bardstown City Council acted as the jury. It found, after two days of testimony and a months-long investigation by its hired attorney, that Royalty had abused his authority as mayor in an effort to damage a political opponent.

  • EDITORIAL: When should we talk about gun violence, Senator McConnell?

    Mass shootings are not the price we pay for freedom, they’re the price we pay for gutless politicians.

    Case in point: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, echoing other Republicans, says it’s too early to talk about how Congress could prevent bloodbaths like the one Sunday in Las Vegas where a heavily-armed sniper, shooting from the 13th floor of a hotel, killed 59 people and injured more than 520.

  • EDITORIAL: St. Michael has a distinguished heritage worth celebratring

    This past Sunday, St. Michael the Archangel Church in Fairfield celebrated an important milestone. It is the 225th anniversary of its founding.

    In 1792, the same year Kentucky was admitted to the Union, St. Michael was founded as only the third Catholic Church west of the Allegheny Mountains. The Most Rev. Joseph Kurtz, archbishop of Louisville, was concelebrant and preached the homily. He was assisted by the Rev. John Johnson, who is also the pastor of All Saints Church in Taylorsville.

  • EDITORIAL: Youth civic engagement effort is worthy

    While there were more than a dozen people running for Bardstown’s City Council last fall, that kind of enthusiasm for public service has not always been the case in Nelson County’s smaller cities. For whatever reason, candidates to lead those towns have been hard to come by.

    And that’s unfortunate, and disappointing, that more people wouldn’t take an interest in the day-to-day governmental machinations that affect them most directly, where they live.

  • Editorial Breaking America’s opioid addiction

    The New York Times News Service

    Opioid addiction has developed such a powerful grip on Americans that some scientists have blamed it for lowering our life expectancy.

    Drug overdoses, nearly two-thirds of them from prescription opioids, heroin and synthetic opioids, killed some 64,000 Americans last year, over 20 percent more than in 2015. That is also more than double the number in 2005, and nearly quadruple the number in 2000, when accidental falls killed more Americans than opioid overdoses.