• Taxpayers should not pay for politics

    Political advertising is usually offensive enough, but when it comes on the backs of taxpayers it downright turns our stomach.

    It’s that time of year and our first brochure has arrived in the mail. Boy, is it slick. Printed in full color and on nice stock paper, this is what one might call a humdinger.

  • Budget issues just part of list

    Get ready for some belt tightening in Kentucky government and its varied programs and services, as the state braces for declines in revenues.

  • Fiscal Court sends a message

    Tuesday morning Nelson Fiscal Court delivered a stinging blow to efforts to bring some reason into how we are handling growth and the pressure to develop more and more of our land.

    The 5-to-1 vote was all the more puzzling because two of those voting against adoption of recommended changes were members of the Planning and Zoning Technical Committee who had been meeting a couple of times a month during the past three years to find consensus about what reforms were needed to protect the interest of the public and developers.

  • Post Office site will do area good

    The announcement by the Postal Service selecting the 500 block of West Stephen Foster for the retail outlet for the Bardstown Post Office was not a big surprise.

    Late last year the real estate arm of the service had announced it had narrowed its choices to two sites.

    In an editorial at the time we said we hoped the site closest to downtown would be chosen because it is important to maintain core services in the core area of a community. That said we can see some positives for the site selected.

  • Nominate your favorite choice

    Nominations are being sought for the 2007 Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce Man and Woman of the Year.

    Last year Bill McCloskey and Dixie Hibbs were honored with the Man and Woman of the Year titles, respectively.

    McCloskey, known as a true friend to the farmer, is an analyst with the Governor’s office of Agricultural Policy. He has worked on several agricultural-related issues and has volunteered his time through groups such as the tourist commission, the dairy council, a Kentucky agri-tourism advisory council and served on the Chamber board of directors.

  • Coffee chats get up close, personal

    When David Floyd was first elected 50th District State Representative he considered holding some group Saturday morning sessions with constituents during sessions of the legislature as some of his predecessors had but instead opted to go one-on-one with citizens at a variety of locations. It was a wise choice.

  • It's time to enact a smoking ban

    From Ashland to Paducah and from Northern Kentucky to Paintsville, smoking bans of one type or another are in place in cities and counties throughout the commonwealth. That begs the question: When are our progressive city and county governments going to show the courage in enacting more enlightened anti-smoking provisions here in Bardstown and Nelson County?

  • Needed: deserving volunteers in area

    It takes a special type of person to give of themselves freely. It takes someone caring to donate time and resources to a project or event without the thought of how it will benefit him or her.

    Not everyone possesses the traits necessary to volunteer for a particular project or group and not ask for anything in return. But luckily we have several people in our community who do.

    It’s those who are always willing to give an extra hand to help a cause or help a friend in need. And it is those to whom we look when we think of the definition of a volunteer.

  • Another link to past slips away

    The passing of Bardstown native Colonel Bill Talbott represents another slip in our link to a past that is fading rapidly.

  • Leadership group set for 20th year

    Are leaders born or are they made?

    You could make a case for either scenario suggesting that some things can’t be taught while other signs of a true leader are only learned through experience.

    Whatever the case may be, Leadership Nelson County has provided a learning atmosphere for current and potential leaders in the area for two decades.

    The 20th class of Leadership Nelson County will soon begin its 10-month learning adventure to discover the ins and outs of the county and produce future leaders for our continued economic growth.