• One reason I consider myself fortunate to have led a life in politics is that, over time, I’ve had a chance to work with nine presidents. From Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, I’ve talked policy, politics and, sometimes, the trivial details of daily life with them. I met JFK twice for brief conversations. I don’t know our current president, but I’ve gained valuable perspective from his predecessors.

  • “A farce to be reckoned with ” is the title of a two page editorial in the Summer 2017 issue of Vanity Fair, by editor Graydon Carter.

  • Tessie Cecil dedicated herself to the city of New Haven as mayor for 20 years. She ended that run at the end of 2010. In August 2016, she decided that she needed to return to government and that her experience would be beneficial to the town’s new leadership, so she ran for, and won, a seat on the New Haven Commission.

    On Aug. 19, 2017, however, Cecil stepped back into an old role as she was again sworn in as mayor.

  • Over the past several years, there has been a big change in the way many people watch television.

    The trend away from cable to using internet streaming is real, and our area is no exception. Using devices that can be purchased with a non-reoccurring cost, such as Roku, Apple TV or Firestick, then adding apps, viewers with HDMI ports on their television sets can stream content.

  • Riding on a bus in the middle of the night through Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, it’s impressive, the sheer volume of traffic, hour after hour. Tanker trucks and semis and auto carriers, thousands of tons of goods moving to market, like a train of ants carrying leaves to their anthill. Out here, you don’t see the “American carnage” referred to in the inaugural address back in January. Evidently the speaker who portrayed the country as a beached whale and a victim of international conspiracies has now fixed the problems and we’re booming again. Good.

  • “O mother
    What shall I cry?
    We demand a committee, a representative
    committee, a committee of investigation
    — T.S. Eliot, Difficulties of a Statesman”

    Many have asked with rising hope in their voices: Will Steve Bannon be fired?

  • This Republican Congress is making important strides on issues that have a direct impact on Kentucky. We’ve listened to you and the concerns you’ve raised. As your senior Senator, I am proud of these accomplishments, and we’re just getting started.

  • One of the oddest things I’ve ever seen was a little black girl smiling and waving a Confederate battle flag in the Jessamine Jamboree parade.

    I had written a commentary about the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ plan to protest the Chamber of Commerce’s decision not to allow them to display the flag in the parade. Symbols of the Lost Cause, I said, belonged in a museum, not on Main Street.

    It backfired. Supporters of the Old South came out in full force, and there were rebel flags everywhere, including in the parade.

  • There is a serious impediment to the political discourse in this country — and among voters — that is making progress on any host of issues important to the nation increasingly impossible.

    It is false equivalency, a type of logical fallacy that has appeared in the form of essay questions on just about every college Philosophy 101 exam.

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  • John Swarts

    Community Columnist

    I read the following Facebook entry from one of my Facebook friends. The emotion that this request for opinions about which washing machine technology is better stirred up very passionate responses. So I decided to devote my column to what I discovered in examining the old versus the new washer technologies.

    A friend made this Facebook post: “We are in the market for a new washer and dryer … things have changed quite a bit since I was last in the market.”

  • David Whitlock

    Guest Columnist


    One of the deacons in my church prefaced his offertory prayer this past Sunday with a prayer of another kind, not one having to do with the offering itself but nonetheless a most appropriate prayer for the hour in which we Americans find ourselves once again.

  • Monday afternoon, all eyes are going to be on the sky, and that is not necessarily a good thing.

    Trying to view the eclipse directly, without proper eye protection, can result in permanent damage or even total blindness.

  • We would like to take a moment to thank everyone who made the 2017 Bourbon City Street Concert a huge success. First and foremost, we greatly appreciate our title sponsors, Jim Beam and WesBanco Bank, who continue to support this family-friendly event in the heart of downtown Bardstown.

  • “How can you govern when 75 percent of the country is against you,” Henrique Capriles, de facto leader of the Venezuelan opposition, asked recently.

    He was pointing to a poll indicating Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan President, only had a 23 percent approval rating. Capriles, for his part, narrowly lost to Maduro in the 2013 Presidential elections and was, in April, banned from holding office for 15 years.

  • Vision. No, not the kind where you have a dream or idea about future plans. While that is good too, what I am talking about is literal vision, the gift of sight. I know firsthand how valuable it can be. A couple weeks ago, I finally broke down and did something about mine. Cataract surgery is about 30 very uncomfortable minutes on a hospital table with someone poking around in your eye with a needle, but in the end, it was more than worth it.

  • This weekend, the Bardstown City Pool is going to the dogs, literally, and it’s great.

    In its first five years, the Dippin’ Dogs event has raised $20,000 for local canine charities — the Nelson County Humane Society, Bourbon City Bark Park, Pawsville and Barktown Rescue. This year, organizers hope to add another $5,000 to that total.

  • Owning a dog is a lot of responsibility, and one of those duties is to keep it under the owner’s control.

    Nelson County has what is commonly referred to as a “leash law.” While that law does not literally mean that an animal must be on a leash constantly, it does require that a dog remain under the control of its owner at all times.

    Unfortunately, too many area residents are unaware of these requirements, and others either fail or flout the law.

  • So. We have a vulgar, unstable yoyo with a toxic ego and an attention deficit problem in the White House and now we can see that government by Twitter is like trying to steer a ship by firing a pistol at the waves, not really useful, but what does it all add up to? Not that much, if you ask me, which you didn’t, but I’ll say it anyway.

    We will survive this. He will do what damage he can, like a man burning books out of anger that he can’t read, but there will still be plenty of books left.

  • A future trivia question and historical footnote, the spectacular 10-day flameout of Anthony Scaramucci qualifies as the most entertaining episode yet of the ongoing reality show that is the Trump presidency. (Working title: “The Pompadours of 1600 Pennsylvania.”) But even as the cocksure sycophant’s gobsmacking spectacle stole the show, something of real importance took place a bit lower on the radar.