• EDITORIAL: Legal sports wagering? Be prepared to wait a while

    With just nine days left in the 2019 session, Kentucky House Bill 175, which would permit legal sports wagering in Kentucky, appears to be dead, despite what seemed like a good deal of momentum behind the proposal.

    It’s a disappointing development that the bill was, essentially, amended to death, but it certainly can’t be seen as a surprise. This is Kentucky, after all, and far be it for the Bluegrass State to be anything but bringing up the rear when it comes to something progressive such as this.

  • EDITORIAL: Bridge Nelson County — new and ready to improve
  • EDITORIAL: March reminds us of importance in early detection for cancer

    March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and one of the themes this year is “Don’t assume.”

    There is a long list included with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance’s campaign, but they essentially break down to this: Don’t assume it couldn’t happen to you.

  • EDITORIAL: Know the facts about HPV and prevention

    March 4 was International HPV Awareness Day. The human papillomavirus is the world’s most prevalent sexually transmitted infection. It is estimated that 80 percent of people will contract the HPV virus at some point in their lives. About one in four — 80 million people — most in their late teens and early 20s, are infected with HPV.

  • EDITORIAL: Banshees look to make even more history in state tourney

    It seems that Bethlehem High School has decided to have an extended celebration of its 200th anniversary, given the run of athletic success the school has enjoyed during the current academic year.

    It started in the fall, with the girls’ soccer team capturing its first-ever All A Classic, a fourth straight district and region title, and the school’s second state semifinal appearance.

  • EDITORIAL: More effort needed locally to stop illegal school bus passing

    Cracking down on illegally passing school buses when they are stopped could improve local student safety, and there are methods for doing so.

    It’s a problem nationwide, throughout Kentucky and here in Nelson County. And it’s only a matter of time before a child gets seriously hurt.

    Passing a school bus when it is stopped is illegal, and it needs to end.

  • EDITORIAL: Compromise works at the local level

    It’s unfortunate that the term “compromise” has become a dirty word in the national political discourse, but that’s the reality today.

  • EDITORIAL: 30 years of Leadership has benefited the community

    If you believe leaders are born and not made, you are probably not familiar with Leadership Nelson County. The program is now 30 years old and has “graduated” some 487 individuals in those three decades since the first class back in 1989.

    The early organizers were inspired by Leadership Kentucky, which did on the state level what Leadership Nelson County does with a local focus — expose participants to a wide variety of topics, interests and organizations during a monthly crash course on all aspects of community life.

  • EDITORIAL: Could the one-day teacher strike backfire?

    Last Wednesday, parents with children in Jefferson County public schools received a text message a little after 9 p.m. telling them that school would be canceled the next day. While the time may not have been exactly the same, parents in the counties of Fayette, Marion, Madison, Bath, Carter, Boyd and Letcher also received word that evening that their public school system would be out of session on Thursday. While it was a February day — and baby, it was cold and rainy outside on Thursday — weather was not the reason for the cancellations.

  • EDITORIAL: Modernizing ag education will benefit local economy

    For decades, the economy of Nelson County has been represented by a three-legged stool held up by industry, tourism and agriculture.

    That fact remains unchanged. What has changed is the nature of the three elements. All three are dramatically different than they were just a few years ago, but it has been agriculture that has perhaps been the most transformed here.

    From a landscape dominated by small family farms raising dairy cattle and tobacco crops, agriculture has been transformed in Nelson County to one dominated by row crops and huge acreage.