• If there is one lesson my family, friends and neighbors learned from the winter storm that blasted the area at the beginning of last week, it would be how much we take electricity and warm, hot showers for granted.

    And, that is only the beginning of the list.

  • To the editor:

    I want to take issue with some things that Stephanie Hornback said in her column on Jan. 23. I will be first to admit that I am one of those buffoons she refers to for listening to Rush Limbaugh (and paying for my subscription to this newspaper I might add). She said she respected everyone’s right to an opinion even if she totally disagrees, then she launches into an attack on Rush Limbaugh for some things he said on his top rated radio show. I thought everyone had a right to their opinion.

  • Many have marveled at the non-stop effort by Salt River Electric employees and other work crews to restore electrical power to our homes. Just about everyone appreciates them for working outside in freezing cold to help things get back to normal, one house at a time.  And since thousands are still without electricity at home we know that they are still out there, safely and methodically re-establishing the power that is essential to our everyday lives.

  • As the state’s budget woes continue to loom, local school districts are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.

    Although Gov. Beshear has pledged that his plan will protect basic SEEK funding — which amounts to $3 billion — and limit cuts to only 2 percent to the rest of elementary schools, secondary and higher education, school districts are nervous.

    The governor has repeatedly stated education is his top priority and should remain the state’s top priority. We only hope the legislators are listening and feel the same way.

  • A killer once stalked me almost snuffing out my young life.

    The deadly force didn’t lurk around corners, sneaking quick peeks or huddle outside the shrubs in front of my house — watching, waiting.

    This frightening phantom was hiding inside my chest, little by little, growing over many years.

    It was coronary heart disease.

    The dreaded slayer takes more lives than any other disease in the U.S. and it had my number.

  • To the editor:

    I write this letter with sadness that our paper does not have the resources to hire people with any ability to comprehend the spoken or printed word in English.

  • Nelson Fiscal Court took the high road Tuesday in deciding to do its part in trying to rid the county of the debris left in the wake of last week’s ice storm.

    As Judge-Executive Dean Watts pointed out in past similar situations, the county has taken similar action. A pick-up schedule that will pretty much mirror the bulky item pickup will be followed.

  • Friday morning ice still covered power lines, trees and just about everything else in Nelson County. Several thousands residents are still without power — some have been without since Tuesday night.

    Electric crews are working diligently to restore power to local residents and get everyone back in their homes — safe and warm.

  • Washington can’t decide whether to save or smother the American auto industry.

    A few months ago, GM and Chrysler got a federal lifeline in the form of $17.4 billion in loans, on grounds that their health is essential to the economy. Now comes news that the Obama administration is acting quickly to approve a waiver for California to impose costly new restrictions on carbon-dioxide emissions from cars.

  • The “epidemic” of carbon monoxide poisoning cases treated at Flaget Memorial Hospital in recent days is truly alarming. As residents struggle to cope with the loss of electricity while temperatures plunge, people are putting themselves and their families in great peril by not considering the consequences of heating confined spaces with open-flame devices when proper ventilation is not present.

    Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that is non-irritating. It gives no warning of its presence until symptoms start to appear. It can and does kill.

  • To the editor:

    Heaven help us. When in our 200-plus years, as a nation, have we had any success legislating the poor into financial freedom? When one person gets something, without working for it, another person loses the fruits of his or her labor. Can the government really give anybody anything without first taking it from somebody else?

  • To the editor:

    I commend the workers at Salt River Electric Company for their outstanding work on returning service to me on Jan. 28, 2009.

    I woke up at 1:30 a.m. to find out that my electricity had gone out. I called the emergency number and spoke with a man there explaining that I am disabled and I had no way to get out. And if I were able to get out, that I had my granddaughter and several rescue pets that I needed to take with me. I would have nowhere to go that would accept five guinea pigs, two cats, and a dog.

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  • I’m sometimes amazed at the actions of others.

    Even with all I’ve seen through my job, some things still catch me off guard and leave me scratching my head in bewilderment.

    I had one of those head-scratching moments this week after watching Cox’s Creek resident Mark Mudd on “American Idol.” The reality show held auditions in Louisville last fall and Mudd decided he would try to earn a spot on the show by singing George Jones’ “White Lightning.”

  • To the editor:

    Is the Nelson County Fiscal Court actually planning to waste more than $500,000 of the taxpayers’ money because one person has changed her mind?

    Last year, the County Clerk requested that Fiscal Court purchase and remodel the old library building to house the deed room (because the current deed room was too crowded). According to a board member of Fiscal Court, all of the magistrates were contacted regarding this purchase, and were provided the reasons for the relocation.

  • Before President Obama can do, he must undo. Repairing the damage that George W. Bush did to the nation’s values, honor and pride will be complicated and, at times, politically inconvenient. But nothing is more urgent, and nothing will ultimately reap more benefits at home and abroad.

    The executive orders that Obama signed yesterday concerning the detention of terrorism suspects are a beginning. Much more remains to be undone.

  • To the editor:

    Scott White of Bardstown asked Salt River Electric, in a letter to the editor printed in The Kentucky Standard on Jan. 23, to explain why the fuel charge and EPA compliance charge on his monthly electric bill are so high. It is a question frequently asked by our customers, and one that we will do our best to answer for Mr. White and our other 46,000 customers.

  • Watching the House Republicans vote unanimously against President Obama’s economic stimulus package, I thought of Ronald Reagan, the air traffic controllers and the potential consequences for those who fail to recognize that one political era has given way to the next.

  • History is what the Inauguration Jan. 20, 2009 means to me: It was a great day for me being a black person of color and a City of Bardstown councilman and for all of the Americans of color to be living to see and witness the first black President sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. I thought that I would not be living to see the first black President elected in my lifetime.

  • The advice to save enough money to live for six months if you lose your job is good, but not feasible for many of us. Living paycheck to paycheck is a common way of life. If you suddenly and unexpectedly lose your job, therefore, the situation can seem hopeless.

    St. Catharine College is shining a ray of light into the darkness into which the unemployed are often thrust. The school is offering free classes during the spring semester to anyone who lost a job in the last 90 days because of the weak economy.