Today's Opinions

  • OPINION: Politics: We need it to solve our problems

    Every so often, I jot down a list of the things that discourage me about our country. There’s the widespread disregard for our core values of tolerance and mutual respect, for instance. Our declining national optimism. Our relaxed attitude toward fixing our election machinery, overseeing financial institutions, and making sure that our key democratic institutions and processes are working effectively. There’s wage stagnation, income inequality, a high poverty rate, failing infrastructure, inadequate health care coverage, a dysfunctional Congress ... You get the idea.

  • OPINION: Working in Nelson was an experience

    If you’re reading his, then I’m already gone.

    I’m not dead, I just always wanted somewhere to write that. I am, however, no longer part of the full-time Standard staff.

    I think it’s definitely true that the friends you keep at the hardest parts of your life are the ones who stay with you the longest. That’s what keeps coming to mind every time I start to write this column. As I type these words, my time with The Kentucky Standard has come to an end.

  • EDITORIAL: City was right to separate utility funds from government

    No one can ever recall a time when the City of Bardstown didn’t depend on utility subsidies to help subsidize the city’s general account that provides funds for critical services such as police and fire protection.

  • Kim Jong Un -4, Trump -1*

    By Margie Bradford

    President Donald Trump prepared for his historic off/on again summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un by doing… exactly nothing.

    Traditionally, presidential aides and diplomatic experts have spent weeks if not months preparing for summit meetings, negotiating details and getting documents ready, David Jackson wrote for USA Today on June 10. Trump declared that his life experience made him ready to deal with North Korea.

  • Letter: Lyme disease an epidemic

    Lyme disease is the No. 1 vector-borne infectious disease in the U.S. today and Kentucky is no different.

  • Opinion: Had I been born in Iran, you’d do the same to me

    By David Shams

    To say I’m not surprised we’ve reached this point, this quickly would be an understatement. In fact, I’m more surprised it took this long.

    The current president ran a campaign based on the dehumanization of virtually every possible group except white evangelicals (who still seem to overwhelmingly support his agenda). If you were a person of color or one of those who sits at the limits of whiteness, the target on your back only has only become bigger.

  • 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.