Today's Opinions

  • Thanks for helping to make concert successful

    To the editor:

    Nelson County’s Smoke-Free Workplace Coalition sends out a big “thank you” to all who helped make the first “Concert for a Cause” a success. A special thanks to the musical groups, Second Hand Smoke, and the AltarNatives, both of whom donated their time and talent for a great concert.  Thanks also to Charlie Walls for sharing the Bluegrass Entertainment Expo and for providing excellent sound for the show.

  • Cell phone ban not a good idea

    State Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, had good intentions when he submitted a bill request to ban cell phone usage while driving unless the driver uses a hands-free device. His attempt at a compromise between those who want little government interference in their lives and those who want cell phones to be banned in vehicles altogether was also a smart idea.

    The bill should not become law, however.

  • Falling gas prices a good start to the holidays

    I didn’t realize it had been so long until I heard a report last week that the national average for gas prices was below $2 for the first time since March 2005.

    Three-and-a-half years I’ve been paying more than $2 per gallon reaching close to $4 at times. I remembered the days when I paid less, but I didn’t think it had been more than three years until I heard the news report.

  • Girl Scout troop says thanks for help, support

    To the editor:

    Troop 2067 of Bardstown would like to thank everyone who helped to collect needed items for the local animal shelter; The Standard for the much needed and appreciated space in the paper to get the word out to the community; all those who donated items for the animal shelter; all of the girls who worked hard trying to collect needed items and delivering them, and a special thanks to the girls’ families for helping also.

    Thanks again for all of your support.

    Gina Hutchins

    Troop Leader

    103 Carey Court


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  • Communion is a time to wash away our sins

    When I was little I used to play church with my dolls and stuffed animals.

    I’d take gooey white Wonder Bread, smash it flat and tear it into round communion wafers. Then I’d pour Kool-Aid into colorful shiny aluminum tumblers, the kind that used to sweat when they’re cold, and that was my wine.

  • Football coach will be missed

    When assessing Bart Bruner’s time as head coach of the Nelson County football program, the first instinct is to look at the 12-22 record he compiled during his three years and call it a failure.

    Of course, that first instinct would be shortsighted and extremely wrong.

    When Bruner arrived, Nelson County was coming off an 0-10 season that saw the Cardinals outscored 403-86. Included in that mark were four shutouts, one of them a 42-0 loss to Bardstown. The program had sunk to arguably its lowest level in history.

  • Time to revise Ethics Board

    The 1994 Kentucky General Assembly required every county in the state to establish an ethics board.

    Nelson County fulfilled that requirement when it created the Bardstown-Nelson County Ethics Board with appointments from Nelson Fiscal Court, the city of Bardstown, the city of Fairfield and two joint appointments from Fiscal Court and Bardstown City Council.