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Editorials

  • EDITORIAL: Reflect on influences that have shaped our workplace

    In 1901, Collier’s Weekly magazine published a pair of articles in what it called its “Labor Day Number.” One of the columns was by Carroll D. Wright, who was serving as U.S. Commissioner of Labor. The other was by Samuel Gompers, president of the American Federation of Labor. Both men put what today we would call their own “spin” on the holiday.

    These days most of us think of Labor Day as just a day off and the end of the summer grilling season. But 109 years ago, Labor Day was still a new concept.

  • Editorial: County schools commended for proactive decisions

    The Nelson County School Board should be commended for being proactive in restructuring the Horizons School program and recognizing there are two separate sets of students with separate needs.

    Kim Brown, the system director of secondary schools, last month proposed a re-thinking of the program that was once known as the system’s “A” or “alternative” school. Brown presented her vision of the new structure, and the board gave unanimous approval to her recommendations.

  • Editorial: Urban chickens can be beneficial

    At its most basic, the process of farming has remained roughly the same for centuries.

    Growing human populations need to be fed, though, and that has led to many innovations within the farming world, as companies serving the farming industry are always seeking out methods to increase their yields, reduce waste and make more efficient use of their acreage. Mule-drawn plows give way to tractors, which give way to high-tech, computerized equipment that enable fewer people to tend to more and more acres, and produce more and more food.

  • EDITORIAL: Cecil will again serve New Haven well

    Tessie Cecil dedicated herself to the city of New Haven as mayor for 20 years. She ended that run at the end of 2010. In August 2016, she decided that she needed to return to government and that her experience would be beneficial to the town’s new leadership, so she ran for, and won, a seat on the New Haven Commission.

    On Aug. 19, 2017, however, Cecil stepped back into an old role as she was again sworn in as mayor.

  • EDITORIAL: City had no choice but to adjust cable, internet rates

    Over the past several years, there has been a big change in the way many people watch television.

    The trend away from cable to using internet streaming is real, and our area is no exception. Using devices that can be purchased with a non-reoccurring cost, such as Roku, Apple TV or Firestick, then adding apps, viewers with HDMI ports on their television sets can stream content.

  • Editorial: Buttermilk Days offers a chance for us to return to our roots

    Buttermilk Days is proof that in small towns, even backyard barbecues can become community events. No longer is this gathering simply a group of neighbors or former neighbors getting together over good food to catch up. That’s certainly still the cornerstone of the event, but it has become a homecoming for kids who grew up playing together on monkey bars, a big-time festival that has drawn national attention in the recent past and a chance for the rest of us to gain a glimpse into how life in that small section of our community is and used to be.

  • Editorial: Anne Shapira’s reach extended beyond Bardstown and bourbon

    Earlier this month, the Shapira family lost its last direct link to the 1935 founding of Heaven Hill Distillery with the passing of Anne Shapira.

    She lived a full life during her 103 years and dedicating her energies toward improving the communities of Louisville and Bardstown through a deep interest in philanthropy and volunteerism.

  • EDITORIAL: Don’t eat an orange and call it an apple

    There is a serious impediment to the political discourse in this country — and among voters — that is making progress on any host of issues important to the nation increasingly impossible.

    It is false equivalency, a type of logical fallacy that has appeared in the form of essay questions on just about every college Philosophy 101 exam.

  • EDITORIAL: Eclipse fever is building, but watch with care

    Monday afternoon, all eyes are going to be on the sky, and that is not necessarily a good thing.

    Trying to view the eclipse directly, without proper eye protection, can result in permanent damage or even total blindness.

  • EDITORIAL: Event raises funds, offers fun for pets and owners alike

    This weekend, the Bardstown City Pool is going to the dogs, literally, and it’s great.

    In its first five years, the Dippin’ Dogs event has raised $20,000 for local canine charities — the Nelson County Humane Society, Bourbon City Bark Park, Pawsville and Barktown Rescue. This year, organizers hope to add another $5,000 to that total.