• EDITORIAL: Young Eagle Scout shows benefits of hard work

    Luke Phelps recently accomplished what very few young boys can. He earned the highest rank the Boy Scouts offer, Eagle Scout, and he did it at only 13 years old, which is a very quick rise to that rank. His brother and cousin are also Eagle Scouts in Troop 147.

    As an Eagle Scout, he follows in the footsteps of John Glenn, Neal Armstrong, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush

  • EDITORIAL: Looking back the only way to go forward

    America has wrestled with its original sin of slavery since before the colonies became states.

    It was a slave owner, Thomas Jefferson, who wrote in the preamble of the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal” and “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” were “unalienable Rights.”

  • EDITORIAL: Perseverance serves as an inspiration to others

    We’ve all heard inspiring stories of people who have had personal tragedies in their lives, only to find the inner strength to rise above their circumstances and find success. The road is definitely not easy, and for every inspiring story of perseverance, there are dozens of stories of people that can’t pull things together and push forward after a personal tragedy. It’s understandable, because some personal tragedies result in such a hard road back that a person will just give up.

    And then there’s David Ritchie.

  • EDITORIAL: New resource center will aid area students

    Schools do more nowadays than teach reading and arithmetic. Often they serve as support centers for children in need. School resource centers are an important part of providing that support.

    The Kentucky Family Resource and Youth Services Centers were established as a component of the historic Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990. The goal of the FRYSCs is to meet the needs of all children and their families served by the centers as a means to enhance student academic success. Helping families and children in need is always a commendable goal.

  • EDITORIAL: New website offers addicts, families help

    United for Recovery recently launched an impressive new website offering education and resources to help with drug addiction.

    United for Recovery is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families impacted by substance abuse in Nelson County. Its mission is to save and restore lives through education, prevention, and recovery support.

  • EDITORIAL: Habitat for Humanity enables American Dream for many families

    For some people, the concept of affordable permanent housing is little more than a pipe dream.

    That makes Habitat for Humanity a crucial link in this and many other communities, turning that dream of home ownership into a reality for the working poor.

    Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all the United States and in more than 70 countries around the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

  • EDITORIAL: Generosity comes in many sizes, but is always worthy

    A little bit of generosity can go a long way, even if takes the form of a simple gesture.

    A couple of Sundays ago, a Papa John’s pizza delivery driver received a surprise tip of $717 when he made a delivery to Nelson Christian Church. The congregation all put together loose change and bills as part of the day’s sermon about generosity.

  • EDITORIAL: Getting youth engaged in civic life early benefits us all

    We tend to bemoan the decline of our civic life in America without adequately addressing one of the root problems — the lack of involvement by too many of the public.

    In local communities the civically engaged are the lubricant of community life. They are the ones who vote, who volunteer, who take on causes and sacrifice their personal time to make positive differences in the lives of their neighbors.

  • EDITORIAL: Campaign finance reporting needs modernization

    It doesn’t do much good requiring candidates for elected office to report who gives them money if the state can’t process the filings in time.

    That’s why support is needed for a bill working its way through Frankfort this winter that would require candidates to file their campaign finance reports online. In the process, it would modernize how the public learns who is giving candidates contributions.

  • EDITORIAL: Cemetery price increase necessary

    The Bardstown City Council voted last month to increase the total price to bury a local person by about one and a half times what it’s been for the past six years. For someone out of city limits, it’s actually more than that. Why the sudden jump in price?

    Mayor Dick Heaton said it costs about $100,000 a year to maintain the cemetery, and the cemetery has sold about 83 lots a year on average for the last decade. There are only 800 or so lots left, and the city will soon need to purchase more land for a new cemetery.