• The upset of a longtime New York congressman by a millennial socialist should have stunned Democratic leaders, but they just shrugged.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated Joe Crowley, the No. 4 House Democrat, because he was no longer liberal enough for his base.

    She ran on a platform of Medicare for all, abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, free tuition for public universities, canceling student debt, ending the war on drugs, and a universal jobs guarantee of a $15 hourly minimum wage and child care.

  • I vote for companion animals!

  • To the editor,

    Please, people, do not throw grass clippings on the road.  This can make the road very slippery and dangerous, especially to motorcycles and bicycles.

    Mary Ann Ohsol


  • To the editor,

    Children of immigrants at our southern border are being ripped out of their parents arms. Imagine such a scene and the pain that is going on there. These poor people do not get our news, they are not aware of what awaits them.

  • David Whitlock

    Guest Columnist


    “Whatcha preaching on?”

    That’s how my dad would answer the phone for years when I would call him on Sunday mornings.

    We talked each day, early in the morning, just for a few moments.

  • Because reality in 2018 is indistinguishable from ham-handed parody, here is what happened this week.

  • When it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, the Obama administration increasingly appears to have been a bottomless pit of deception.

  • Aside from the obvious moral implications of adopting an approach certain to significantly reduce the number of insured Kentuckians, Gov. Matt Bevin’s work requirements for Medicaid recipients will produce a new bureaucracy that is costly, intrusive and doomed to fail.

    They will also guarantee a reversal of the recent improvement in Kentucky’s notoriously bad health metrics.

  • I keep Katie’s notes close to my bedside, not just because I promised her I would, but because they bring me hope, especially on those nights when despair wants to crawl in bed beside me.

    You have them, too, don’t you? Those nights when your fears decide to have a party, and their racket wakes you.

    It’s amazing the truth a 9-year-old can grasp and pass along.

    Katie’s simple notes have a way of toning down the worries rumbling in my head.

  • Last month marked the half century mark of the passing of a great Bardstown institution — St. Joseph Preparatory School.

    It was February 1968 that the Xaverian brothers who ran the school announced they would be closing it.

    Times were changing, they said. There were more demands than their religious order could meet, and on top of the personnel concerns, declining enrollment and the cost of needed repairs left them with no option.

  • Clarifying the issue of the Bloomfield cell tower

    The Kentucky Standard’s March 13 article on the Bloomfield cell tower contains many inaccuracies and a basic misunderstanding of the issues at hand. First and foremost, no one is opposed to the idea of a cell tower to provide much needed cell service to Bloomfield. The issue is the location and design of the tower.

  • Mary Anglin-Coulter

    Community Columnist


    February is Black History month and in March, we’ve got an International Women’s day. It’s June and the start of Gay Pride Month.

    “What about us?” the majority cry.

  • Well, that was close.

    For a time there, it looked like the “The Stephen Foster Story” and other events at the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre would not survive into its 60th year. The deteriorating condition of the amphitheater, with its myriad structural and electrical issues, threatened to end the historic drama ahead of that 60th milestone, with the state pushing to shut down the facility it had long neglected, citing safety concerns.

  • Decades ago, when Salt River Electric started the practice of having a festive annual meeting in early June, most of the counties where members lived did not have county fairs. By default, the electric co-op became the place where appliance dealers hauled in their wares, where the Pork Producers and Beef Cattle Association cooked up savory sandwiches for sale, and where not-for-profit groups set up information booths. There were rides for the kids and live music, too. 

  • On the afternoon of May 22 my husband and I had a terrifying rollover accident on the Bluegrass Parkway. We ended up in the median with the truck upside down.
    We want to thank the good people who stopped to help us and called for the ambulance. Thankfully, we survived with no broken bones, just a lot of bruises.
    God bless you all for being so kind.
    Don and Elsie Matteson

  • Thanks to all those that helped in any way with May 12’s An Afternoon With the Past. We think this year’s crowd was the biggest yet. This year’s theme was “Bloomfield Treasures.” Thanks to all those that brought their items for all to enjoy.  Special thanks to the David Cody Prewitt family for going to so much trouble to get the Model-A Ford there. 
    Many thanks to all that donated too. I would especially like to thank Wilson & Muir Bank for being a major sponsor of this annual event.

  • To the editor,
    As I left my home this morning for work, I could not help but notice what appeared to be a family of three jogging along the cart paths of the now defunct Woodlawn Springs Golf Course. It was a pleasure to see and a reminder of why our Fiscal Court of Nelson County should consider acquiring the property as an addition to our County Recreation Department. Given its proximity to the current Dean Watts Park only separated by Highway 605 (Woodlawn Road) it would be a somewhat contiguous addition to our existing parks and recreation program.

  • In my office at Transylvania University was a framed image of Robert F. Kennedy with these words: “The task of leadership, the first task of concerned people, is not to condemn or castigate or deplore; it is to search out the reason for disillusionment and alienation, the rationale for protest and dissent — perhaps, indeed, to learn from it.”

  • Most of us remember where we were when President Kennedy was assassinated, at least those of us my age or older. We also are well aware what we were doing on that infamous day of Sept. 11, 2001, or “9-11.”

    Candidates such as I, who come up a bit short on votes on election night, also have that memory etched into our brains forever.

    You know where you were and who you were with when that realization came over you that all the hard work and all the money spent were just not going to be enough to get you to the victory lane.

  • In 2018, modern-day American society has its struggles, from the prolonged fight against terrorism to violence in our schools to providing affordable health care and many more issues. It might be understandable for this generation to think its members face issues more serious than any before it.