• EDITORIAL: Historic District creation planted seeds for what we are today

    A good case can be made that the seed that eventually established Bardstown as one of the most beautiful small towns in America was planted 50 years ago by Mayor Gus Wilson and his City Council when they approved an ordinance establishing a historic district.

    Through the years, the overlay map district has been expanded, refined, subjected to legal challenge and has seen some aspects of its enforcement moved to different agencies, but the overall focus has remained the same.

  • Editorial: S.T.O.P. Tipline would be another useful tool

    Regardless of where you stand on the gun control debate that continues to roil in the wake of the latest round of school shootings, students in Kentucky and outside our borders are fed up with the climate of fear present at the institutions of learning they attend. They demonstrated as much on Wednesday when students across the country staged a 17-minute walkout to protest gun violence — one minute for every life lost in last month’s Parkland, Fla., school shooting.

  • Editorial: Participation Station a valuable local resource

    Mental health is at the center of several crucial discussions in our society today. It is acknowledged as being a crucial part of life in a way that it hasn’t been in the past, at least not on this scale. Mental illness is being recognized as a legitimate health concern — which anyone who struggles with one will tell you it most definitely is and always has been. And the trend is finally shifting from shunning, masking or managing mental illness to recovery.

  • Editorial: We should all defend sunshine to help shed light on corruption

    Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and that’s why this week is called “Sunshine Week,” which celebrates freedom of information laws.

    Kentucky gets a lot of bad publicity in pop culture for being backward, most of it unfairly. But one area where we are greatly ahead of the curve — and have been for decades — is in our transparency laws and their requirements on government agencies.

  • EDITORIAL: Too many Kentuckians are locked up

    Kentucky’s prisons and jails are bulging, not with brutal fiends and diabolical criminal minds, but with non-violent drug abusers who stole something to support their habit, then failed a drug test or missed an appointment with their probation officer.

    The number of Kentuckians committing serious felonies is in decline. And, yet, prison admissions jumped 32 percent in five years, driven by the least serious felonies (Class D) and revocations of probation or parole for technical violations, not for committing new crimes.

  • EDITORIAL: Money shouldn’t speak louder than the benefits of renewable energy

    The powerful will always attempt to stay in power and will often use any means at their disposal.

    In Frankfort, one of those powerful interests is the electric utility sector, and the means are state lawmakers. This is what has played out over this General Assembly with the net metering law being pushed by utility companies that would severely damage — some experts say cripple — the rooftop solar industry in Kentucky.

  • Editorial: Exhibit shows off teacher’s dedication and local creativity

    Several unique exhibits have made their way through The Gallery on the Square in Bardstown. Currently, there’s one that’s not only unique and full of all kinds of work, but has roots in Nelson County in a wonderful way.

    The Art with Alums exhibit was the product of art teacher Mara Huston’s hope to do something special to celebrate her 20 years as an art teacher at Bethlehem High School. She reached out to her former students and the exhibit was born.

  • Editorial: New Life Center fundraiser helps those struggling among us

    Much like the Souper Bowl fundraiser on behalf of the Bread of Life food bank, the Chocolate Extravaganza, held last month for The New Life Center is on a roll. In eight years the event went from making about $1,200 to more than $13,000.

    The New Life Center is a faith-based, nonprofit designed to strengthen families by offering a variety of services for parents and parents to be. Parenting classes are a big part of help provided, as well as one-on-one mentoring provided by volunteers.

  • Hopefully, hasty NCELC changes don’t hinder learning

    There are big changes slated for the Nelson County Early Learning Center next school year, including cutting midday bus transportation, an extension of the school day, increasing the number of instructional days and lower tuition. These certainly are big changes that were proposed and eventually passed at the last Nelson County school board meeting — without any input from families who will be impacted next year.

  • Editorial: We can’t say we’ve progressed enough with trash collection

    The 2018 county bulky item pickup started earlier this week (a day later than scheduled because of high water).

    The concept of having a bulky item pickup for residents living outside of the Bardstown, New Haven and Bloomfield city limits grew out of the trash revolution that happened here in the early 1990s. Under then-County Judge-Executive Mike Abell, the Airport Road landfill, which had operated since the city of Bardstown opened it in the late 1960s, was handed over to county government, and universal trash pickup was mandated.