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Opinion

  • To the editor:

  • Bourbon is Kentucky’s signature industry. Along with horse racing, it is one of the first things that comes to mind when non-Kentuckians think of our state. It is also one of the few industries that is thriving despite the poor economic times. It’s increasing our tourism numbers and dollars, especially in Nelson County.

    So why would state legislators vote in favor of a bill that would levy a sales tax on an already over-taxed industry?

  • Any bill being considered by the Kentucky General Assembly that is intended to restrict public access to public records should meet an extremely high threshold of need.

  • To the editor:

    The American Red Cross is a volunteer organization made up of volunteers and the donated dollar. Without your support over the years through the United Way and your donations we could not have had a plan in place to feed thousands of meals, and shelter hundreds of people during the Kentucky Ice Storm of 2009.  

  • Jim Warner learned a lesson a few years back about the dangers of having others follow your lead.

    At the Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Man and Woman of the Year banquet, Warner was honored as the 2008 Man of the Year.

    During his acceptance speech, Warner shared a story about a time when he truly learned a lesson about setting a good example.

  • Today the House should vote on a package that will raise taxes on some Kentuckians to help cover a large budget deficit. If it passes, the Senate will vote on Friday.

    As you know, tax revenues for the state (all states, for that matter) are down and the $19 billion (two-year) budget that we passed last year cannot be paid for. Therefore, Governor Steve Beshear has to cut spending. We can’t run a deficit, like the Federal government.

  • Special gratitude to Kentucky Representative David Floyd for his Jan. 29 column in The Kentucky Standard  as well as his participation in KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” Jan. 26. In both he has provided a helpful explanation of the Kentucky tax code revision which he supports and has cosponsored with Kentucky Representative Bill Farmer — HB 51.

    The tax code revision indeed proposes significant changes:

    •Eliminates the state income tax

    •Eliminates the state tax on business income

  • To the editor:

  • To the editor:

  • Living without electricity was fun — until it wasn’t.

    When my power first went out last Tuesday night, I was in bed reading. I got up, grabbed a flashlight and walked down the hallway to my neighbor’s place. She came out with a wine bottle turned oil lamp that looked more like a torch than a light. Then my other neighbor came out, and we had a good time chitchatting in the hallway among the shifting shadows.

  • I carried around a black, plastic spatula with me nearly every day last week. It showed up in a variety of spots — in my purse, my back pocket, my hand and my desk — but it was never far away.

    I received strange looks and questions from some. Others just saw the kitchen utensil, looked at me and never said a word. I suppose they thought I’d finally gone off the deep end — it was only a matter of time.

    No matter how strange it looked, the spatula had a purpose. It served as my ice scraper.

  • To the editor:

    I would like to offer my appreciation to all the crews who worked and are still working to get Nelson County back to normal.

    After two days without heat, we decided to travel to my aunt’s home in Glasgow and ride out the storm. The highways were in great shape. The state highway workers in Nelson County did an excellent job clearing the roads and allowing us to make our trip.

  • To the editor:

    Saturday a week ago I was in Bardstown during errands. A funeral procession exited Barlow Funeral Home on KY 245 and I had the opportunity to be the first to pull over and remove my hat. The occupants of the lead car nodded and waved as they passed. As far as I could see in my rear-view mirror, car after car pulled over in respect for the funeral procession.

  • To the editor:

    The City of Bardstown took great care in getting our electricity back on in my neighborhood in a timely manner and for that I am truly grateful.

    Here’s my beef:

  • To the editor:

  • The winter storm that struck Nelson County and much of Kentucky last week brought an array of inconveniences. Trees crashed, vehicles wrecked and people fell after 3 inches of an icy mixture coated everything in sight. Worst of all, almost the entire county lost power at one point or another, and some are still without.

    As usual, however, there were silver linings, and one of the brightest was made up of the many volunteers who braved the conditions to help their fellow man through the disaster.

  • To the editor:

    I would like to publicly apologize for violating the Bardstown sign ordinance on Thursday, Jan. 29, by placing banners and a sign in front of my Quiznos restaurant. I did this to inform people that we were serving and delivering food, knowing that many people were searching for restaurants that were open. I also want to respectfully decline Ms. Johnston’s generous offer to leave the banners up and apply for a permit and pay a late fee on Monday. There is no longer a need to do so.

  • No one likes bad news.

    But reporting when bad news occurs is part of being a good industrial neighbor. That’s why we were disappointed to learn PolyAir Packaging was fined $170,000 by the state’s Division of Enforcement sometime in 2008. But the news didn’t come out until the Division of Enforcement released its end-of-the-year annual report.

    As if that wasn’t bad enough, PolyAir didn’t return phone calls made by the newspaper regarding the report.

  • To the editor:

  • The ice storm of Jan. 27, 2009, was a beautiful and horrific reminder of our utter reliance on what we have created in opposition to nature — lights, shelter and heat in order to overcome and even ignore when nature puts out the light and changes season. Although it is a most reasonable reaction of survival, it is proof that our power is feeble compared with that of nature — she is powerful and unpredictable

    Awestruck.