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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: City right to earmark funds to bring back police body cams

    For a while, Bardstown was up with the latest technology by outfitting its police officers with body cameras three years ago.

    But the city’s previous administration less than a year later decided to back out of that game over concerns the technology purchased the first time didn’t pass muster. In the interim — the day of the decision to halt the program, in fact — a man committed suicide following a long negotiation period with police that went sideways.

  • Editorial: Women stepping up on Bardstown Fire, others should be encouraged to do so

    The Bardstown Fire Department recently trained a class of firefighters unlike any it had seen before.

    The group in training included the most women in one class since current Chief Billy Mattingly has been around, which is roughly 30 years.

    There has been one full-time female firefighter in the group’s history, and a few other female volunteers over the years, but never have women made up such a large part of the department.

  • Look, Kim Jong Un is just doing his best

    As President Trump explained to Bret Baier during an interview aboard Air Force One, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is just a young man doing his best in a difficult circumstance. Has he done bad things? Sure. “Hey, when you take over a country — tough country, tough people — and you take it over from your father, I don’t care who you are, what you are, how much of an advantage you have — if you could do that at 27 years old, I mean, that’s one in 10,000 that could do that,” the president of the United States said.

  • COLUMN: Trump deserves more latitude, less attitude
  • EDITORIAL: Three words that can make a difference

    There are three little words that don’t get said enough in our modern, social-media-saturated world. They are three words that could ease a lot of tensions, reduce conflict and restore friendships.

    No, it’s not “I love you” — this isn’t a sappy pop song. The three words are “I don’t know.”

    Almost no one is willing to say “I don’t know” anymore. Instead, everyone has an opinion about everything, even when they have very little information on which to base those opinions.

  • COLUMN: Has McConnell given in to Trump to save ratings?

    Mitch McConnell made history Tuesday when he became the U.S. Senate’s longest-serving Republican leader. But the Kentuckian’s ultimate place in history is likely to be determined by how he deals with President Trump, who continues to make history of the dubious kind.

  • COLUMN: Sometimes it’s good to just get away

    It had been so long since I’d seen the sea. Heard it. Smelt it. Felt it.

    There is something powerful yet peaceful about the ocean that elicits a primal attraction, even for someone like me, who grew up where the Appalachian foothills meet the rolling acres of the Bluegrass.

    So when my sister and brother-in-law asked me to go with them to Myrtle Beach last week, I couldn’t say no. Stan’s father and stepmom, Frank and Donna, were paying for the lodging and some of the travel expenses, so it was a luxurious but low-budget deal for the rest of us.

  • County comp plan overhaul is long overdue

    Janet Johnston-Crowe is right.

    The planning commission director says a major overhaul of the county comprehensive plan is overdue, and we need to bring in some pros to draw up a revised map to guide development where it makes sense. By law the comprehensive plan must be reviewed and revised every five years, but no major update has been done in almost two-and-a-half decades. Having county-wide zoning is not that common in Kentucky, but it is a key factor in the quality of life here.