• 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

  • Some co-workers and I recently discussed which generation we fall into —baby boomers, Generation X, Generation Y and so on. At age 33, I am right in the middle of Generation X, which includes those born from 1965-1980.

    We did some unscientific research — also known as googling — to see which characteristics define our generation. Although it is impossible to make millions of people fit one mold, it was interesting to consider whether the characteristics listed were applicable to our personalities.

  • When Franklin Roosevelt was pounding on the evils of business at the height of the New Deal, the great economist John Maynard Keynes tried to pull him back: “It is a mistake to think businessmen are more immoral than politicians.”

  • In handling questions about the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich — for allegedly trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s former Senate seat to the highest bidder — Obama has gone strictly by the book. His statements have been cautious and precise, careful not to get ahead of the facts or make declarations that might later have to be retracted.

    For most politicians, that would be good enough. For Obama, who inspired the nation with a promise of “change we can believe in,” it’s not.

  • To the editor:

    For the first 18 years of my life, I lived in Nelson County. I then made my journey out of Nelson County into the world of college education and then on to the work field in another state.

  • Dec. 10 marked Human Rights Day 2008. This annual observance always evokes deep reflection in me.

    This year’s theme was “Dignity and justice for all of us.” This theme reinforced the vision of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. That vision builds on the Declaration’s core values of  inherent human dignity, non-discrimination, equality, fairness and universality — which core values have to  apply to everyone, everywhere and always.

  • I’ll miss Byron Crawford. His folksy way of telling the news and his unique knack for finding a feature story that made you want to keep reading even after the story stopped were my favorite things.

    My favorite stories the Courier-Journal reporter wrote were about those close to Nelson County. My bias is evident. But soon, he’ll be gone. He was part of the 51 layoffs the Courier Journal had this week. Technically, Crawford took early retirement. But he’ll be gone nonetheless.

  • Those who choose to get behind the wheel of a car after having too much to drink are not only endangering their own lives, but everyone they meet along their route.

    Each year, Kentucky loses several of its citizens to the irresponsibility of drunken drivers. As of early December, there were 4,542 collisions involving alcohol on Kentucky roadways with 116 fatalities and 1,669 injuries.

  • To the editor:

    On behalf of Town & Country Bank and Trust Company, I want to express our appreciation to all the participants in the 2008 Christmas parade. With more than 100 entries throughout Nelson County and all walks of life, the parade continues to be a highlight of the holiday season. We were overwhelmed with the size of the crowd, despite the cold weather. Congratulations to all the award winners and many thanks to our local dignitaries who participated.

  • Governor Steve Beshear’s proposed 70 cents-a-pack tax hike for cigarettes could not have been an easy call considering how deeply embedded the tobacco culture is in Kentucky.

    In reality, the choices are between the proverbial rock of revenue shortfalls and the hard place of basic services in jeopardy.  Tacking on a significant increase in the price of smokes does have the very important added benefit of discouraging new smokers from starting and gives current smokers an incentive to quit.

  • Viewer Help
  • Trying to dissect successful dynasties in any field can be tricky but the maxim “excellence begets excellence” may explain why programs such as the ’50s Yankees, the ’60s Packers and just about any UK basketball team coached by Adolph Rupp enjoyed so many triumphs.

    A culture of success becomes self-fulfilling and attracts winners.  That seems to be the case with the theater program at Bardstown High School.

  • To the editor:

    I would like to offer my condolences to the Fogle family on the loss of Avon Fogle. I hope they name the bridge on KY 49 (now a two-way bridge) the Avon Fogle Bridge.

    I know Mr. Fogle remained in the background and didn’t like public acknowledgement. He was a true American.

    Ed Carty

    131 Springhill Drive


  • To the editor:

    It is that time of year again when we tend to be a bit more grateful for our many blessings. This year I am especially thankful and proud of my dental colleagues. We have just completed a very successful first year of the dental aspect of the Nelson County Community Clinic.

  • The idea of letting the American auto industry drown in a poor economic forecast doesn’t sit right with us.

    Hundreds, maybe thousands, of local residents depend on the auto industry for their income. Letting even one automaker fall could result in a domino effect for local companies, thus local employees and local families.

  • As I watch the coverage of the fate of the U.S. auto industry, one alarming and frustrating fact hits me right between the eyes. The fate of our nation’s economic survival is in the hands of some congressmen who are completely out of touch and act without knowledge of an industry that affects almost every person in our nation. The same lack of knowledge is shared with many journalists who are irresponsible when influencing the opinion of millions of viewers.

  • To the editor:

    I congratulate the winners of the city council race. All of you ran a vigorous campaign. Congratulations and Godspeed. I especially want to express my heartfelt appreciation for those who voted for me. I will cherish those votes the rest of my life. On behalf of my family and myself I sincerely thank you with all of the humility within me. Thank you.

    Frank T. Douglas

    316 S. Fourth St.


  • Christmas brings to mind images of boys and girls tearing into brightly colored packages under a sparkling tree. This time of year, several organizations collect toys and clothing to make sure no child goes without. While that is a commendable goal, others in our community need attention as well.

    The holidays can be an especially lonely time for the homebound or those serving in the military stationed away from home. Imagine being an ocean away from those you love most on Christmas Day or being home alone while everyone around you celebrates.

  • To the editor:

    We would like to thank the businesses that donated items for our golf scramble and cramming with the Cards. We greatly appreciate all the support we received.

    Also thanks to the parents that worked our chili supper.

    Artie Braden

    Nelson County Boys Basketball Coach and staff

    1070 Bloomfield Road


  • To the editor:

    On behalf of the Bardstown Woman’s Club I would like to thank everyone who was involved in our recent Lunch with Santa event:

    Wal-Mart-Suzanne Patrick and David Dickerson, Two Guys Printing, St. Joe School-Beth Walker, Michael Bickett, “Curly,” the choir, student volunteers, Nelson County High School Key Club members, Ken Distler, Don Matteson, Santa, the families who attend and make it a yearly success, all the wonderful members of the club and anyone I may have omitted.