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Editorials

  • 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.

  • Editorial: Parenting class for moms in jail is a step toward rehabilitation

    In early 2017, the New Life Center held its first parenting class for men at the Nelson County Jail. Recently, after the success of that program, it was requested that the same resource be made available to women, so the first class for mothers was established.

    The New Life Center is a nonprofit program that focuses on creating and fostering healthy families, and the skills being taught in the parenting classes at the jail are vital to that mission.

  • Editorial: Heaton’s proposal for new city land is sensible and pragmatic

    The Bardstown Fire Department could have adopted a sardine as its unofficial mascot the past several years to represent just how tightly packed they are in their facility.

    Hopefully, the firefighters will get some relief from the cramped quarters after the Bardstown City Council authorized Mayor Dick Heaton on Tuesday to move ahead on the purchase of three parcels of land, one of which will be used to house the Fire Department.

    All three parcels will add up to a little over 15 acres.

  • Editorial: Now’s the time to do your part in the selection process

    Last week, finalists in the county and city school districts’ superintendent searches were named.

    The Nelson County Schools Board of Education received a recommendation from its screening committee that included Thomas Nelson Principal Wes Bradley, Travis Hamby, of Trigg County Schools, and Charles B. “Chuck” Abell, of Spencer County Schools.

  • Editorial: State park had no choice on tree removal

    The emerald ash borer is an invasive species from northeast Asia, brought to North America accidentally in the 1990s and first detected in 2002.

  • Editorial: Public’s right to know needs protection

    When elected leaders start making laws based on what is convenient for them, it is proof that there is something wrong with the system.

    Take, for example, a close call last week in Frankfort, where a lawmaker tried to slip in a last-minute amendment to a bill that would provide a way for public officials to circumvent Kentucky’s open records law.

    It would have taken one of the strongest sunshine laws among all 50 states and made it one of the weakest, according to legal experts.

  • EDITORIAL: Local job market provides a silver lining to factory closing

    The 2019 closing of the local American Greetings plant will be a life-altering event for many people.

    American Greetings has long been a member of the local employment base, and we are sad to see it go.

  • EDITORIAL: Jim Beam saluted as 15 millionth barrel is filled

    In the bourbon world, Jim Beam has long been the pacesetter.

    In recent weeks, the company filled its 15 millionth barrel, far and away the largest milestone mark in the industry. For comparison’s sake, Heaven Hill, the world’s second-largest bourbon producer, reached the 7 million mark in 2015, and is due for its 8 millionth barrel filled sometime this year.

    Jim Beam achieved its place in the bourbon hierarchy for a number of reasons, but perhaps chief among them has been its marketing prowess and its innovation.

  • EDITORIAL: Adults could learn lessons from teens about guns, school violence

    There comes a time in young people’s lives when they realize their political awakening. Sometimes it is on an individual basis. Other times, it is part of a generational movement.

    For the boomers, it was Vietnam and the draft. For many of their children and grandchildren, the catalyst could well be gun violence.

  • EDITORIAL: McKay’s hiring as CEO brings family’s vision full-circle

    A family’s mission has come full circle with the recent announcement that Rick McKay will take over as the first CEO of Guthrie Opportunity Center. McKay’s mother, Nancy Guthrie McKay, was one of the founding members of the organization — along with Virginia Denn — in 1974.