• To the editor:

    Have you heard Talk Radio? Of the 12 that I could find, all are pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-work, not gambling, pro-church and synagogue, for low taxes, against government meddling and for capitalism. Only one poked fun at liberals. If he or she doesn’t suit, one can tune in, turn on to AM stations 970, 1080 or 590.

  • To the editor:

    The Compassionate Friends of Nelson County want to thank The United Way of Nelson County for its generous support on our behalf. Your generosity will aid in providing support to grieving parents who have lost a child. The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child or children, of any age. We are grateful to have the support of the United Way, as well as the support of our community.

    Mary Ballard-Boone


    The Compassionate


  • Along with zillions of other people, my daughter, Alison, writes a blog.

    As The Neurotic Housewife, Alison writes about her life as a stay-at-home mom, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this side of her in a horrifying sort of way.

    It’s like looking into a mirror.

    Oscar Wilde once said, “All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy.”

    As my girls grew up, I often taunted them with that. Oh yeah? You think I’m a fruitcake? Just wait until you get older and you find yourself doing the exact same things.

  • To the editor:

    A thank you goes to those who worked very hard in distributing the money that was raised for the United Way of Nelson County. They did a wonderful job with little money with which to work. The United Way of Nelson County distributed $180,000 to the 16 agencies it serves. They had asked for $191,675.

  • Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.

    The facility did not actually open to the public until 1950 but its birth occurred in 1928 and 1929 when German immigrant Isaac Wolfe Bernheim started buying parcels of Bullitt County and Nelson County land that had been denuded of timber and mined for iron ore or that was just plain worn out from less than progressive farming techniques. His vision for the facility was pretty well spelled out in a letter he sent in 1939 to his foundation trustees.

  • The Governator: What a sad artifact of a bygone era that moniker is. Arnold Schwarzenegger circa the 2003 “total recall” election was going to sweep all before him as California governor, bringing the same élan and toughness he had on the big screen to fighting special interests and restoring his beloved state to competitiveness.

  • To the editor:

    I wanted to bring my idea to the attention of the people of Bardstown for feedback on an idea that I have had for sometime now. Thinking that if maybe “the people” give good feedback, then it might be brought to the attention of the Mayor and the Tourist Committee.

  • This may be stating the obvious, but Roland Burris needs to stop explaining and start packing. The woefully forgetful Illinois senator should go home and stay there, and I’d advise taking a vow of silence as well.

  • One of the things I’m doing for Lent this year is avoiding sugar. I consider it an improvement compared to last year’s resolution of giving up meat. I aimed high, but didn’t quite make it.

    So far, I’m winning the battle against sweets — I’m just two days in, after all — and I wouldn’t even be in a bad mood if I did not have something else grating on my nerves. It’s something with which many of us at The Kentucky Standard are contending, and I’ll be the first to say it’s getting old.

  • If you live or have even visited Nelson County, you know what attributes the county has to offer.

    The quality of life stands far above what many communities have and that goes for nearly every aspect — schools, housing, recreation and now we can add employment.

    Of the short list of businesses named to the most recent Best Places to Work announcement, five local businesses have been recognized.

  • I opened an e-mail Thursday that I had to read twice.

    After reading it for a second time, I said a small prayer and then read it again.

    I couldn’t believe what I was reading. A guy I knew from my teenage years — he dated my sister for a couple of years and is a cousin to my best friend in high school — had just been diagnosed with cancer.

    His cousin had sent the e-mail asking for prayers as he and his family go through this ordeal. He and his wife have two small children. They are hoping for the best but prayers can’t hurt.

  • A few years ago I wrote about seeing a pig fly.

    What I meant by that is seeing the surprising answer to a prayer, something I thought I’d only see “when pigs fly.” In other words, never.

    But God seems to delight in never and impossible. A woman who called the newsroom last week reminded me of that.

    She didn’t want her name in the paper, but she wanted to tell someone her story. Someone who would believe her and not laugh at her. Someone who believes that God can and does do strange and wonderful and impossibly improbable things.

  • To the editor:

    The staff and students at the Bardstown-Nelson County Adult Learning Center would like to express our appreciation to the those in Nelson County for their generous contributions to United Way.

  • To the editor:

    On behalf of America’s Second Harvest of Kentucky’s Heartland Food Bank (ASH) in Elizabethtown and our Board of Directors, I would like to thank United Way and Nelson County residents for their continued partnership and generosity. With the funding we receive from the Nelson County United Way, we are able to distribute more than 1 million pounds of food and grocery items to our Nelson County member agencies for re-distribution to those in need.

  • They are long, slender objects, generally yellow in color with a crimped bracket and a rubber tip. Once sharpened, graphite peaks a wooden mountain like a snowcap. These objects are a medium for communication and art. These objects are pencils.

  • To the editor:

    We face a far more serious problem even than the current economic crisis. It would be wise to investigate the root causes before we give the government more power to save us from the “free market.” The market has not been truly free for some time, and here’s why:

  • Oprah Winfrey doesn’t have anything over Nelson County’s Library Director, Sharon Shanks. Shanks is starting her own book club — “One Book, One Community.”

    The project, originally launched in 1998 in Seattle, Wash., promotes community-wide reading and encourages readers to participate in either a sponsored discussion group or one created by themselves. What a great idea!

  • To the editor:

    If your pet cat or dog is missing, please first call the Humane Society — 502-349-2082 — to see if it’s there. I recently found a very friendly young cat wearing two collars. I took it to the shelter on U.S. 31E, next to the fairgrounds, to see if it had an ID chip in it. It didn’t. If your pet wears a collar, it might help to write your phone number on the collar with a permanent ink pen. I’m sure someone is missing the fine kitty I had to take to the shelter recently.

    Rita Davis, SCN

    P.O. Box 3000


  • To the editor:

    I am writing on behalf of the Legal Aid Society to extend our sincere appreciation for the United Way of Nelson County. The United Way of Nelson County has generously granted $5,000 to the Legal Aid Society. The allocation will help us continue to serve Nelson County residents who desperately need our assistance.

  • If you’ve been watching television lately, you’re bound to see a multitude of fast food chains adverting their fish sandwiches to target all the viewers who practice lent each year.

    A lot of the commercials look the same with a large sandwich plastered on the television screen followed by a pricing option that offers two sandwiches for the price of one for a “limited time only,” or something along those lines.