• The 2009 session of your General Assembly begins this week, focusing on organizing the leadership posts and committee assignments for the next two years. Today in Frankfort we will confirm the election of the Speaker and Speaker Pro-Tem of your House of Representatives. I’ll let you know my committee assignments as soon as I know what they are.  

  • To the editor:

    This year we will celebrate two historic events: the inauguration of Barack Obama and the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. I was very impressed after the November election to learn that President-elect Obama was reading from President Lincoln’s works. Two men removed from each other by 150 years, yet both wise men. All of us are Americans, no matter on which side of the aisle we vote and we should honor the fact that this year is historic for these two men for that reason.

  • With $7 trillion in wealth disappearing in the U.S. in the past year, it hasn’t been a banner time for anyone involved in the financial markets. But it may be the Securities and Exchange Commission that has taken the biggest bath.

  • A television has been a prominent fixture in every newsroom in which I’ve worked. They were usually tuned to a cable news station — although I once worked with a copy editor who was addicted to “Friends” — and during major national or international breaking news stories, the newsroom staff would gather ’round for the latest update.

  • The pending agreement between the city-county recreation department and Bethlehem High School concerning a lease for one of the Dean Watts Park baseball fields seems like a win-win for the parties involved.

    In exchange for leasing a field, the school system would agree to some major improvements including batting cages and lights. Bethlehem will soon be losing their current baseball field site next to St. Joseph School where the parish plans to construct a parish center.

  • We were startled last year to learn Kentucky is one of the top states in the nation for suicide, and the fact that Nelson County was one of the top counties in the state was even worse news.

    We were further dismayed to learn that our state is No. 1 in the nation for colon cancer incidence and mortality, and Nelson County received the worst ranking possible within Kentucky.

  • For anyone taking stock of 2008, Barack Obama was the inevitable choice as Person of the Year. But he’s not the only American whose story suggests that this thrilling, dramatic, unforgettable year will be seen as a demarcation of grand historical eras, a bright line between yesterday and tomorrow. My choice for runner-up is Bernard Madoff.

    In a sense, we’re all Bernie Madoff. We’ve been running our economy in accordance with his accounting principles for a generation — and now we face a most unpleasant reckoning.

  • To the editor:

  • To the editor:

    The Stephen Foster Music Club owes The Kentucky Standard, PLG 13, WBRT, and all those who participated in the “Christmas Home Tour” a huge thank you for making this year’s tour a success. The coverage given by all news media was outstanding ... it was a pleasure working with all of you!

  • To the editor:

    Due to the overwhelming response to the recycling program and the question of more bins or home pickup, my opinion would be to have home pickup. From where I came we have been recycling for 15-20 years already. We each had a recycle bin and the truck came by on the same day as our garbage was picked up. I think many more people would recycle if they didn’t have to haul it to a bin.

    Pat Auge

    104 Antlers Trace

    Cox’s Creek

  • I’ve grown up in a technology age.

    On Jan. 24, 1984, Apple Computers introduced the new Macintosh computer. And, 25 years later, I’m thankful the company did.

    I was first introduced to a Macintosh in 1995 when one of my friends got a new computer. At the time, I had already been introduced to IBM computers at school, which ran Microsoft Windows software. I remember thinking that the rainbow-colored Apple symbol on the front of the Macintosh computer and on the screen was cool (I was only 12, so the little things in life really fascinated me then.)

  • To the editor:

    The Nelson County Community Clinic Board of Directors would like to thank the Bardstown City Police, Kentucky Cooperage-LP, Bethlehem High School 4-H Club, the Salvation Army, and all of the holiday donations made on behalf of the clinic. Through your generosity the clinic will continue its mission to make Nelson County a healthier community.

    Bobbi Harned, R.N., B.S.N.

    Executive Director

    Nelson County

    Community Clinic

    300 W. John Fitch Ave.

    Suite 200


  • While recently perusing the Kentucky.gov Web site, I found a page dedicated to Kentucky State Symbols. While many of them are commonly known by most Kentuckians, such as the Cardinal is the state bird, there were others that were more surprising. I am a sucker for what some people call “useless facts.” I don’t know exactly what it is I like about them and I would be hard pressed to do any sort of quick recall of what I have learned through time, but there’s something comforting about knowing these little tidbits.

  • As incredible as it may seem, people still ask me whether or not the BRAC transformation at Fort Knox is actually going to occur. I tell them that without doubt, it is, and if you have any questions go to the installation and take a look at the work that’s been completed thus far on the Army’s Human Resource Center of Excellence complex. When completed, this will be the largest office center in the area — with more than 20 acres of office space under roof.

  • A “looking back” story in The Standard last week concerning the demotion of two Nelson County School System principals because of their gender should serve as a reminder about how far we have come as a society in the past five decades.

  • The election of David Floyd as minority whip in the Kentucky General Assembly Tuesday is notable for two reasons.

    Floyd will now become part of leadership in his party and that is a plus for residents in the 50th district. Starting his third three-year term, Floyd will be in a position to give Nelson County a higher profile in the state even though the Republicans are heavily outnumbered in the house.

  • To the editor:

    I want to publicly thank Kentucky Legislators for supporting Senate Bill 96 and House Bill 162 in the 2008 legislative session. These bills require insurance companies to provide a health benefit for colon cancer testing. Gov. Steve Beshear signed these bills into law on April 15, 2008, and they are effective Jan. 1, 2009. Requiring insurance companies to provide for colon cancer screening will go a long way in helping reduce the impact of colon cancer in our state.

  • Some may be surprised at the increase in the number of DUI arrests made locally in 2008 compared to the prior year.

    In 2007, 99 people were arrested by the Bardstown Police Department for Driving Under the Influence. In 2008, that number more than doubled with 215 arrests by the department.

  • To the editor:

    I dreamed the church  woke up as did Rip Van Winkle after being asleep for 20 years! I dreamed that people realized the government cannot solve our problems and that we flocked to the churches. I dreamed that people realized that there cannot be enough police to stop the stealing and moral mayhem and flocked to the churches. I dreamed that I was nearly trampled in the rush.

    I dreamed that church boards told pastors to preach the Ten Commandments as well as Jesus’ New Commandment; to dramatize the joys of heaven and the fires of hell.

  • Have you lived in Nelson County your entire life and think you know everything about it? You don’t.

    Are you new to the area and looking for a way to learn more about your community? You can.

    Applications are being accepted for the 21st Leadership Nelson County class. The program provides an overview of the county and enhances leadership skills and community understanding.

    Following a welcoming orientation, Leadership gets under way with an overnight retreat in March. Next are daylong sessions one day per month until graduation in November.