• To the editor:

    Recently I lost a small black bag that contained a new digital camera. I wasn’t sure where I left it or if it had been stolen out of my vehicle. I asked a few friends to pray to St. Anthony in hopes that my camera would be found.

    There were some photos in the camera that I wanted to pass along and that was more important to me than the camera itself.

  • “Santa!”

    The exclamation came from my 5-year-old niece in an answer about who would be visiting soon.

    We were at the family Christmas dinner hosted by the Knights of Columbus. My dad and brother are members, so we go in support of them but also to get a good meal.

  • To the editor:

    I’m 61 years of age, so that would make me a boomer for sure. I just had to write and let you know how much Stephanie Hornback’s column on Friday resonated with me. I would also like to make a few comments.

    I am retired, but I am working part-time in a lab. I am the oldest there; some of the others fall into the Generation X years of birth (1965-1980), and some a bit earlier or later. I am the only boomer.

    I cannot say enough about how talented, smart, efficient and productive these people are.

  • It makes sense that all-terrain vehicles become more popular with each passing year. They are helpful during many activities, such as farming and hunting. They are indispensable to many agriculture workers when checking crops and livestock and they make hunting a more enjoyable and less exhausting hobby.

    We would be remiss to suggest that they not be used. However, they are not toys and must be ridden in a safe, responsible manner. If they are not, the results can be disastrous.

  • Barack Obama’s election was supposed to signal the end, or at least the diminishment, of the cultural issues that Republicans had feasted on electorally for 30 years. The “wedge issues” of old had been a Republican contrivance anyway, and once freed of them, American politics would be more praiseworthy (and, not coincidentally, more liberal).

  • Understanding isn’t the same as forgiving. The history-be-my-judge interviews that President Bush and Vice President Cheney have been giving recently help me understand why they acted with such contempt for our Constitution and our values — but also reinforce my confident belief, and my fervent hope, that history will throw the book at them.

    The basic argument that they’re making deserves to be taken seriously. I don’t think either man would object to my summing it up in one sentence: We did what we did to keep America safe.

  • It’s far-fetched to think that Hillary Clinton’s performance of her duties as secretary of state would be influenced in any way by foreign donations to her husband’s charitable foundation. But it is naive to think that the exhaustive list of donors released Thursday by the William J. Clinton Foundation won’t provoke suspicion and give rise to conspiracy theories in parts of the world where transparency is seen as nothing more than an illusion.

  • From the Editorial Page of The New York Sun, written by Francis P. Church, Sept. 21, 1897.

    We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

    Dear Editor:

    I am 8 years old.

    Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.”

    Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

    Virginia O’Hanlon

  • The holiday season is being extended again this year to include one final event, “The Mid-Winter Feaste,” a dinner theater presentation that is marking its 20th anniversary.  

    Mike and Wilma Wilson, perhaps best known as Dr. and Mrs. McDowell  in “Stephen Foster — The Musical”  before retiring several years ago, are the “Father and Mother” of the Bardstown Community Theatre production. Mike wrote the script and acts as producer-director. Wilma handles the peasant dances and leads a madrigal style choral group.  

  • The three most prominent Democrats in national politics during the past two years — Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton — are all ascending from the U.S. Senate to the executive branch, creating open Senate seats for Democratic governors to fill.

    And, oh, what a spectacle it is — of corruption, insider dealing, treacly dynastic politics and rank nepotism. The tidal wave of change turns out to leave a brackish aftertaste in its wake.

  • To the editor:

    It’s time the Democratic Party admits it was wrong when it comes to Iraq and the ability of the United States’ military to secure victory.

    President-elect Barack Obama said on April 10, 2007 that “the idea that the situation in Iraq is improving is simply not credible and that the hard truth is there’s no military solution to this war.” Then on Nov. 28, 2007 Vice President- Elect Joe Biden stated, “this whole notion that the surge is working is fantasy.”

  • Our hats are off to New Haven City Commissioners who passed a first reading last week to make the city’s streets just a little safer.

    The ordinance passed on first reading will create no-parking zones on the town’s two main streets in order to give drivers a better view of the traffic coming their way.

    The new no-parking zones will aid drivers’ views by creating a clearer picture, particularly when delivery trucks are unloading at local businesses.

  • To the editor:

    The Nelson County Public Library was scheduled to host Robert Prather, author of ‘The Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver’ on Dec. 16. The Kentucky Standard featured the author’s visit on the front page prior to the visit and there was much interest expressed from the public to meet the author. Unfortunately, the snow and ice on Dec. 16 prevented the author’s visit.

  • Each holiday season, I make it a point to see my three favorite holiday classics — “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Polar Express.”

  • For the past month, there has been a good deal of Christmas related activities and stories in the news. As one who grew up celebrating the holiday, it doesn’t really seem out of the ordinary. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take a moment to take a deep breath, step back and take a long look around us. Although I do not find all the Christmas hype unusual there is something about the constant Christmas clamor that disturbs me beyond the consumerism (don’t get me started).

  • To the editor:

    I think that 99 percent of Americans would agree that as private citizens we should not be allowed to own jet fighter aircraft, warships, tanks and artillery pieces. An almost equal number, myself included, would agree that we may own regular pistols and revolvers, shotguns and hunting rifles. The problem is with the stuff in between.

  • The effects of Kentucky’s budget shortfall will be far-reaching. Any organization that receives state funding is vulnerable, regardless of its function or scope.

    In Nelson County, two areas that will definitely feel the pinch are public schools and commonwealth’s and county attorneys. Education and prosecution may seem as different as apples and oranges, but in this case, they’re one and the same.

  • I have long since lost count of the billions the government has distributed to the less fortunate businesses throughout the country, from AIG to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and now the just-proposed bailout/bankruptcy-prevention plan for the Big 3 auto makers.

    All anyone needs to do is start a business, mismanage funds (AIG), give loans to those who can’t afford to repay them (Fannie, Freddie, Bear Stearns) and make bad investments (take your pick) in order to receive government intervention. Of course, when I make a bad investment I’m left to my losses.

  • To the editor:

    It is no secret that smoking is bad for you and everyone around you.

  • The Night Before Christmas

    (at the White House)

    ’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the nation

    Not a creature was stirring, due to economic stagnation

    A list of woes was hung by the chimney with care,

    In hopes that Obama would soon be there;

    The twins were nestled all snug in their beds,

    While visions of bourbon balls danced in their heads

    And mamma in her ‘kerchief’ eating a wrap

    Had just settled down with the world’s biggest sap