• EDITORIAL: Employers need to adapt to find best workers, hiring success

    The labor market is simply not what it once was, and if businesses are going to succeed, they will need to figure out how to recruit and retain the best employees.

    For nearly a decade, employers got away with considering many employees as disposable during a sluggish economic recovery from the Great Recession of 2008. The unemployment rate was high enough and the labor market large enough that there were enough people looking for work that the balance of power largely favored the employers.

  • OPINION: Spring has sprung

    As a teacher, this is the time of year I tend to take stock of my life and become more reflective than usual. I know for most people that probably happens as the calendar rolls from one year to the next, but teachers tend to think in terms of August to May — the length of the average school year. So, what have I learned this year?

  • EDITORIAL: Bradley has earned benefit of the doubt

    Well, that didn’t take long — only about a year.

    But, perhaps predictably, when Nelson County Schools Superintendent Wes Bradley began making personnel changes in the district and remolding its organizational structure, some people took issue with some of his choices.

    It was almost like none of the success he had in establishing Thomas Nelson High School mattered one whit.

  • EDITORIAL: Specificity would improve smoking ban

    Bardstown’s smoking ban covers more than indoor public places. It also limits where people can smoke outdoors.

    But there is a problem with the law — its lack of definition.

    By now, most people are aware that they are not permitted to smoke tobacco products inside public places in Bardstown. While a “smoking ban” was fairly controversial when it was passed by the city in March 2010, it has become generally accepted nine years later.

  • EDITORIAL: Sisters offer volunteering opportunities for all

    The broad definition of volunteering is offering to do work for no compensation. But people tend to volunteer for organizations that have some personal meaning to them that gives them fulfillment.

    However, volunteers are crucial to the success of many different organizations and charities. Volunteers are necessary, and many organizations depend on them.

    Volunteering is not only about the impacts we can make in the lives of those less fortunate, but also the role it can play in the global community.

  • EDITORIAL: Internet speed an economic development, quality of life measure

    Sometimes you’ve got to keep getting faster just to stay in place.

    That seems to be the rule with internet speeds, especially.

    Bardstown Internet plans to bring speeds that are 10 times faster than its current highest residential tier in the Springhill area.

    The pilot program will bring download speeds up to 1 gigabit per second, the city-owned utility said recently.

    The city has not announced a price structure yet, but if its current pricing tiers are any indication, it should be some of the most affordable available anywhere.

  • It’s Derby time!

    Derby Week gets bigger every year. The first Saturday in May has always been a big deal, but it has seen record crowds in the past decade, with attendance swelling to as many as 170,000 people. The number of people heading to Churchill Downs in the days leading up to Saturday has grown as well, with Friday’s Oaks now pulling in more than 110,000 people, and Thursday attendance keeps growing for “Thurby,” with nearly 50,000 folks attending last year. Before long, “Winsday” will probably start netting those numbers.

  • EDITORIAL: Community camera initiative a good partnership with public’s resources

    Hearing that the cops are starting a “community camera initiative” might be enough to conjure images of Big Brother and concerns over the surveillance state.

    But the recent announcement by the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office actually sounds like a practical solution that leverages already existing community resources.

  • EDITORIAL: For Bourbon Festival, more hours means more money

    With the Kentucky Derby fast approaching, and all of the visitors that venture to Louisville because of the fastest two minutes in sports, businesses in Jefferson County prepare themselves for increases in foot traffic and sales.

  • EDITORIAL: Bardstown bypass needed sooner rather than later

    Every day, traffic downtown, on North Third, on John Rowan Boulevard, and elsewhere in Bardstown, is choked. Venture out at the wrong time of day, and it might take you 20 minutes to travel three or four miles. It’s not easy finding that sweet spot in between shift changes at the local factories, school traffic and the lunch rush.