• Dr. Harry Spalding

    guest columnist, former mayor of Bardstown

    It is a general consensus of opinion that Russia interfered in the last American elections. Whether President Trump was involved in the interference remains to be proven. But what has happened since is playing into Russian hands.

  • Call things what they are

    Just as calling an illegal migrant an “undocumented citizen” or calling a man a woman (actually denying science) does not make it so. Calling a commonsense Democrat (an increasingly oxymoronic term) a Republican does not mean that you are offering unbiased reporting on an organic exodus from the GOP.

  • I am writing in response to the editorial in July 20 paper, taking exception to the new state sales tax, taken from the Bowling Green Daily News. Did you not read it?

    This new sales tax reflects the state’s new direction of going to a consumption tax while decreasing the state tax on our earnings. This follows actions taken by our neighboring states, Indiana and Tennessee. Instead of taxes being automatically taken from us, it puts more money in our pockets and allows us to be more in charge of how we utilize our earnings.


    Community Columnist


    I like that most liberals I know can laugh at themselves and enjoy jokes at their own expense. It appears to be another difference between them and die-hard conservatives.

    But while they seem to catch the joke behind the meme, it doesn’t stop some from going from the sublime to the ridiculous — and they need to be called out for it.

  • The poor are among us in Nelson County. How is that measured? The most common measure of poverty in the U.S. is the “poverty threshold” set by the government. This measures poverty as a lack of those goods and services commonly taken for granted by members of mainstream society.

    A household of two would earn less than $14,000 per year. Zeroing in locally, in 2016, 12 percent of the population in Nelson County lived in poverty. This doesn’t look “great” or like “winning.” So, what’s the fix? Social programs?

  • 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