• EDITORIAL: Council members deserve pay raises

    Bardstown’s elected officials haven’t received raises in almost 20 years.

    How many of us would work the same job for 20 years without making more money? Life is not the same as it was two decades ago. A dollar went farther in that economy. And the city isn’t the same as it was two decades ago. Thirty-seven hundred fewer people called Bardstown home then. It’s common sense that today’s city council should be making more money than that council.

  • EDITORIAL: Heaven Hill milestones, strength should be celebrated

    With the filling earlier this month of Heaven Hill’s 8 millionth barrel of bourbon, the Shapira family now has more than 1.3 million barrels aging in Kentucky, with most if that inventory here in Nelson County.

  • Editorial: Drama plan provides for short, long terms

    The fact that “The Stephen Foster Story” will open its 60th season on its home stage is a testament that Nelson County means it when we say, “The show must go on.”

    This will be the final season for the stage, which was so decrepit after years of neglect by the state — which held the lease to the property — that it was shut down for safety reasons.

    But Nelson County pulled together thanks to some timely government intervention paired with private donations and volunteerism to patch it together enough for one more season.

  • EDITORIAL: Kentucky Owl’s decision to buy downtown building was a wise one

    It always makes for interesting news in Bardstown when a downtown building changes hands. That was the case recently with the sale of the Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace’s business at 110 W. Flaget to one buyer who plans to reopen the nationally recognized bourbon bar, and the sale of the building itself, known as the circa 1814 Mary May House, to the Kentucky Owl LLC, which plans to make the brick Georgian house their downtown base of operations during construction of the new Kentucky Owl Distillery.

  • EDITORIAL: It’s good to see city park has become a priority

    It is good to see the city of Bardstown moving forward with plans to bring some major improvements to the Community Park at the end of East Halstead Avenue,

    Restrooms are being built to replace the port-a-john that has been used for years at the site. Part of the dirt parking lot will be paved, and improvements will be made to the pavilion and basketball court. About $120,000 has been budgeted for the project with about half of that money earmarked for the restroom.

  • Editorial: We can all work to stop child abuse before it starts

    At least one in four children will be the victims of some form of neglect or child abuse in their lifetimes. One in seven children were victims of some form of abuse or neglect in the last year.

    In a society where we’re talking more and more about school violence and safety, it’s easy to talk less about child abuse, malnourishment and neglect. But those issues didn’t stop or disappear when the current ones took the spotlight.

  • EDITORIAL: State legislature should give due diligence a try

    As if one surprise in the span of a week wasn’t enough, state legislators on Monday introduced and passed a tax plan that will affect the pocketbooks of all Kentuckians.

    While those changes may be positive in some ways, the overall effect is one that’s troubling for a state with flagging revenues and a budget crisis. Most importantly, it’s a tax increase on middle- and low-income Kentuckians and a tax cut for the wealthy.

  • OPINION: Republicans keeping things ‘interesting’

    Al Cross

    Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

    University of Kentucky

    Maybe the nicest way to sum up the work of Frankfort’s lawmakers so far this year is that Kentucky’s new Republican rulers keep finding new ways to make things interesting. “May you live in interesting times” is an old curse.

    Their work is not all bad, and some of it is historic. But it’s still being written. And it might yet be erased.

  • Editorial: Others should note and imitate Beam efforts to conserve, protect resources

    While a vital local economic resource, the distilling industry doesn’t always get high marks when it comes to the impact it makes on local environmental resources.

    Jim Beam, the top bourbon-producer in the world, aims to change that by reducing its environmental footprint through a partnership with its neighbors at the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.

  • Editorial: Expanding area safety nets means more volunteers are needed

    Two Nelson County charities are in the process of stepping up their game.

    Both Room in the Inn, which shelters homeless people, and Meals from the Heart, which delivers food to shut-ins and homebound and low-income residents, are expanding. Both are relatively new operations. Room in the Inn just completed its second winter season and is looking to expand into at least several days a week during the milder April to October months. Meals from the Heart started in May of last year and operates year-round.