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Opinion

  • In this part of the world at this time of year, outdoor meal sharing is not an attractive thought. It is far too cold and damp or too windy during the cold and warmer spells.

    However,  as the economy continues to rock, I have been reflecting a good bit on the Christian Scriptures report of the miracle of loaves and fishes.

  • To the editor:

    I’d like to expand on Kim Huston’s comment in the article about Leadership Nelson County in The Kentucky Standard Dec. 31 regarding the formation of the board. It was a little more involved than the board simply forming after there was enough alumni — it was formed behind the vision, leadership, and drive of Barbie Bryant. I witnessed the work that she put into that effort.

  • Last Christmas, my friend Michelle gave me a desk calendar of wacky Web sites. I spent 2008 enlightening friends, and sometimes even random acquaintances, with the interesting Internet tidbits I discovered. Now, it’s your turn. Here are some of my favorites from the calendar, in no particular order:

    • If you’re like me and you love a good tongue twister, visit http://www.uebersetzung.at/twister/. If you manage to master all of the English twisters, you can move on to a variety of other languages.

  • It was about 3 a.m. on Jan. 1, 1959, when Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista slipped away to the airport and fled his island nation, hauling as much loot as his aircraft could carry. Hours later, the audacious young man whose badly outnumbered guerrilla forces had defeated Batista’s army stepped onto a balcony overlooking Cespedes Park in the eastern city of Santiago. It was the first time that Fidel Castro had faced a cheering crowd as Cuba’s unquestioned leader. It would hardly be the last.

  • To the editor:

     

    The Israeli-Palestinian “war” in Gaza shows clearly what “war” has become: a random attack on civilians. Whether it be Hamas shooting their homemade rockets into southern Israel, or the massive aerial bombardment of Gaza (one of the most densely populated places on earth) by the Israeli air force — it is the civilian populations in both countries that are being killed. This is the reality of modern warfare.

     

  • Kwasi Obeng, a sophomore sprinter for the University of Kentucky track team, was recently afforded one of the highest honors UK bestows upon its student-athletes when he was named to the Frank G. Ham Society of Character.

    Obeng, a Bardstown High School graduate, will be inducted into the society along with several other UK student-athletes at halftime of Kentucky’s Feb. 21 men’s basketball game with Tennessee.

  • When the late Ron Filkins became publisher of The Kentucky Standard he said he was pleased to learn that the paper and PLG had established an annual award to recognize volunteerism a few years earlier.

  • To the editor:

    First off, I am a non-smoker, and I realize that smoking may shorten the life of the smoker, plus others.

    Mostly I am opposed to additional tax — of any kind. I feel that if a tobacco tax is imposed, there will be calls for additional taxes (either on food, drinks or an increase of the sales tax, or anything that can be taxed).

    The one thing I am opposed to is tax (or tax increases) of any kind.

    Neal Cornett

    239 Guthrie Drive

    Bardstown

  • The days leading up to Christmas often launch me into introspection. Actually, introspection may not be the correct word. I don’t focus on my own mind and feelings, but others’ holiday traditions. I’m not being nosy when I consider how the people around me celebrate the holidays. It’s more of an intellectual curiosity. I wonder how their traditions started, how long they’ve been going on, and what the general atmosphere says about their family dynamic.

  • Christmas is one of the only times I get to go home to Illinois during the year. I may make it at other random intervals, but if the calendar reads Dec. 25 chances are I’m at home, or at least headed there. Most of my mother’s family is concentrated in the Chicagoland area — aunt Suzanne, my uncle Mike and family — and even though they’re in Florida at this time of year, my grandpa (Papaw) and his wife Mary come into town for the occasion.

  • Having a “landfill” downtown is certainly handy.

  • The City of Bardstown’s application to participate in the Neighborhood Stabilization Program is a smart move that, if approved, will benefit everyone involved.

  • To the editor:

  • I have spent many nights, weekends and holidays playing board games. Playing board games, card games and piecing together 1,000-piece puzzles has always been one of my favorite pastimes.

    I usually participate in board-game action with a group of family or friends when there’s nothing else to do. Almost every holiday season, for as long as I can remember, we always play some sort of board game at my uncle and aunt’s house. If we don’t play a board game we resort to an old-fashioned poker game and try to put on our strongest game faces.

  • For many of us, with the new year comes new priorities. Two of the most common New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight and stop smoking. Those are also two of the most difficult tasks to achieve. Anyone who has ever tried to shed unwanted pounds or kick the nicotine addiction knows it is easier said than done.

    It can also be expensive. Weight loss and smoking cessation programs abound, but many of them come with a hefty price tag. The out-of-pocket expense is a convenient excuse to abandon efforts — unless you happen to live in Nelson County.

  • To the editor:

  • Nelson County has a problem on its hands.

    As problems go, it’s a good one to have. It seems the people of this community want to do what they can to reduce the amount of waste going to our landfill. They are eager to recycle and have taken the city’s recycling option to heart.

  • To the editor:

  • The start of a new year always brings to mind a time of renewability. You get a clean slate to set right all the things that went wrong the previous year. It can also be a time to start making better choices whether it’s eating better, getting more exercise or learning to tackle another vice.

  • I keep thinking — if our U.S. Postal Service gets into financial trouble, it isn’t my fault. I have to be among its best private customers — well more than $1,500 per year between personal and ministry needs.

    Our U.S. Postal Service has been a vehicle providing cause for admiration in me as this Christmas Season moved along.