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Opinion

  • To the editor:

    Recently President Obama stated “it is only government that can break the vicious cycle, where lost jobs lead to people spending less money, which leads to even more layoffs.” While I agree that our government needs to do something soon to help us out of this economic crisis I don’t believe only government can break the cycle. I believe we —  the people — need to help. We don’t have to spend more to help, we just need to BUY AMERICAN when we do spend.

  • Madison Brady is a fourth-grade student at St. Joseph Elementary in Bardstown. We first met when I was in Betty Carol Riley’s classroom last fall talking about America’s system of government — Representative Democracy.  Madison listened closely, especially when I said that any of them could come up and be a Page in the Capitol during a legislative session.

  • Madison Brady is a fourth-grade student at St. Joseph Elementary in Bardstown. We first met when I was in Betty Carol Riley’s classroom last fall talking about America’s system of government — Representative Democracy. Madison listened closely, especially when I said that any of them could come up and be a Page in the Capitol during a legislative session.

  • Earth to Wall Street: It’s over, people. You had a terrific run, better than you deserved, but now you'd be wise to pay attention to those citizens outside, the ones with the pitchforks and the torches.

    Sen. Claire McCaskill’s righteous verdict on shameless, clueless, bonus-grubbing executives should be carved on the tombstone of the whole “Masters of the Universe” ethos that brought us to this moment of dire economic peril: “These people are idiots.”

  • Want to have a good meal and help a good cause?

    My New Kentucky Home Habitat for Humanity’s Tasting Bash will offer just that chance Feb. 24 during its annual fundraiser.

    Offering a chance for local residents to gather, taste a variety of culinary treats and participate in a good cause, the habitat group is hosting its annual tasting bash at Town and County Bank and Trust Co., 201 N. Third Street.

  • In these days of talking about national economic recovery packages and ways to address our major state budget shortfall, I appreciate anew the power of the word, “the.”

    Why? Because a very big component in all this national and state conversation and deliberation is human persons — just like you and me and our loved ones who are members of our human community and have been created by God. It is so fundamentally important to remember this.

  • Those who can no longer care for themselves — whether it be due to sickness, old age or loss of mobility — need to be looked after.

    That’s what nursing homes and long-term care facilities are designed to do.

    In a perfect world you wouldn’t need surveys, inspections and quality measures to make sure those in need are getting the best care possible.

  • “Be Prepared” has been the motto of Boy Scouts of America for almost 100 years and it’s time that we all follow their lead. The ice and wind storms that we experienced over the last several weeks were an eye opener for all. At any time a tornado, earthquake, ice, snow, wind or other storm could hit our area with devastating results. So it’s time that we take some responsibility and” Be Prepared.”

  • To the editor:

    Recently President Obama stated “it is only government that can break the vicious cycle, where lost jobs lead to people spending less money, which leads to even more layoffs.” While I agree that our government needs to do something soon to help us out of this economic crisis I don’t believe only government can break the cycle. I believe we — the people — need to help. We don’t have to spend more to help, we just need to BUY AMERICAN when we do spend.

  • A new high school is an exciting event in a community of our size, but it doesn’t come without its stressors. For the Nelson County School District, which has one high school and an additional one in the works, the second high school will require redistricting. Students in some areas of the county will continue to attend the current high school, while others will attend the new one.

  • Around 4:30 a.m. Friday seven members of a family gathered to remember those they lost two years earlier in a house fire.

    Candles in hand, they walked to the site where the house once stood on Guthrie Drive.

    “This is where the living room was,” Janet Tonge said as she encouraged the other six, who had arrived, to gather close.

  • Barack Obama, a reputed master of the persuasive art, has settled on his central argument for the stimulus bill: I won.

    That Obama is reduced to this crude appeal is a symptom of the intellectual collapse of the case for his stimulus bill, a congressional spendfest untethered from its stated goal of providing a rapid “jolt” to the economy.

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  • Kentucky Rep. David Floyd in his Feb. 11 column in The Kentucky Standard clearly  explained his opposition to current proposed  tax increases pretty much in general and to any further state increase in tobacco tax in particular.

    It has been a good thing that there already has been a recent federal cigarette tax increase — in the sense that it will not unduly penalize businesses on state borders. This playing field leveling is a general benefit of federal legislation and regulations.

  • St. Catharine College in neighboring Washington County pulls students from five countries, eight states and 26 Kentucky counties.

    Leading the Kentucky counties in number of students enrolled is Nelson County. The fully accredited college has long been considered a local institution, and now with four-year degrees available and a construction program that has vastly improved the school’s bricks-and-mortar situation, it plays even a larger role in our higher education options.

  • To the editor:

    The current deed, wills, marriage records, and other legal document rooms in the basement of the current Sutherland Building need a new home in Bardstown. The new location needs to be fully handicap accessible, appropriately lighted, temperature controlled and enough space for all records currently housed in the basement location. Even though it has been a reviewed option, an expensive expansion of the Sutherland Building is not in the county’s foreseen budget future.

  • Every year, more and more Kentucky high school seniors and their families are faced with the question of how to pay for a college education. As college costs have continued to rise faster than inflation during the past 10 years, families have struggled with finding the available funds. And college graduates often find themselves saddled with tens-of-thousands of dollars in debt before their careers even begin.  

  • To the editor:

  • If you fear Friday the 13th, you have three days to make it through this year with the first said date being at the end of this week. And, if you fear the day, you’re not alone.