• I’m on Facebook, but I’m not an avid member. Occasionally, I’ll log on to update my status and read others’ updates, but that’s about as far as I go. I ignore most application requests — because I don’t understand them — and I rarely add new photos.

  • Many families are feeling the pinch of the slow economy this holiday season. Some of us are justifiably cutting back on the amount of money we usually spend this time of year.

    We should not cut back, however, on helping those in need.

    There are several ways to easily contribute in Nelson County and help make the holidays happy for all.  

  • To the editor:

    The directors and vendors of the 2008 Bardstown Farmers Market wish to offer a big thank you to the customers of the market this past year.

    Despite a late start to the growing season and the second drought year in a row, we strived to provide the market with the best local produce and other farm products possible.

    We expanded marketing a lot this year with successful results. Our special weekend events and our fall festival weekend were a resounding success.

  • To the editor:

    I recently read an article in The Kentucky Standard about Timothy Hutchins borrowing a culvert pipe from the Nelson County Road Department.

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    With the Obama victory safe beyond any chance of challenge, I’m wondering if it is time for me to change my registration to Republican. You see, I’m worried that the GOP may follow the Wurzelbacher-Palin path of ignorant populism and become a small, regional party with little or no national influence. This would not be a good thing.

    Mexico, for example, had one-party government for 40 years and the results were not pleasant. Israel had one-party rule for 29 years, too, but there the one party was part of a shifting coalition.

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  • It’s already been a history-making year for several area cross country runners, and more history may yet be on tap.

    Bardstown’s Adam Kahleifeh showed signs of his budding stardom last year when he raced to a third-place finish in the 2007 Class 1A Region 3 meet, then followed it up the next week with a strong fifth-place finish at the State 1A meet.

  • The purchase of the Bloomfield Cable TV operation by Bardstown Cable should be welcome news to the about 150 or subscribers who have been hoping for an upgrade in service. For more than 5 years, the city of Bardstown has been talking with current provider Insight about a buyout. In the meantime upgrades for Bloomfield were pretty much on hold. The deal, approved by Bardstown City Council Tuesday night, still must get Bloomfield City Council’s approval but that is expected to sail through.

  • A couple of weeks ago, my neighbor and I went into a joint chicken operation. By chicken operation — I mean I bought three and she bought three, plus a rooster. And by joint, I mean I pitched in for food, we split the eggs and sometimes Gail asks me to shut the chickens in at night. It’s true that I am a bit of a delinquent chicken owner, but that’s basically why I decided to get them — they require little time and I get “free eggs.” I guess a more accurate word would be fresh, not free, since I did invest in the hens and food.

  • It’s that time of year again when colors of red and green swarm stores and the shelves are overstocked for the holiday shopping season. It’s mid-November, but most retail stores geared up for the holiday shopping season at the end of September.

  • Each year in November, Americans celebrate the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smoke Out. This year will be the 33rd such annual event. The Great American Smoke Out is a designated day in which smokers throughout our nation unite in cause and commit to give up smoking for one day. These future “non-smokers” need to be: cheered, applauded, supported and encouraged by family, friends, community and everyone else who is concerned about the harmful dangers associated with tobacco use and secondhand smoke.

  • To the editor:

    I would like to take this time to express my sincere gratitude for everyone involved in a very successful and historic Election Day. I appreciate the voters for your patience and cooperation and regret any inconvenience you may have endured.   

  • Once upon a time I wanted to be Mary Tyler Moore.

    Not the real MTM, but rather, I wanted to be Mary Richards, the character she played on her television show in the 1970s.

    As a high school girl in the throes of some serious teen angst, I’d daydream about working in a newsroom, living in my own cute apartment, surrounding myself with quirky-yet-lovable coworkers and friends.

    Actually, all that is true of my life now, with the exception of the apartment. I own a villa and share it with a quirky-yet-lovable husband.

  • The idea of the “citizen-farmer” envisioned by our founding fathers as the backbone of the country has been largely eroded as the small family farm has been replaced by huge corporate agriculture operations.  

    What has all too often been lost is the common sense input from men such as William Robert King, who died last week at 85.  

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  • It’s easy to come up with an excuse not to vote. The weather could be bad, or we’re just too busy. Perhaps the line was too long or no parking spaces were available.

    No excuse is good enough to keep Stella Boone away from the polls. Approaching her 103rd birthday, Boone began voting shortly after women were granted that right in the United States.

    “I remember that day as if it were yesterday,” she said. “I was so proud.”

  • Tuesday was hard.

    Election days always are, but this year there seemed to be a bit of electricity in the air. No matter who won the election, the country would have a new leader. And after 20 months or more of campaigning, it seemed as if the entire country was ready for it to be over. But they were ready in an excited way, not apathetic as has been past sentiment during presidential elections.

  • To the editor:

    I want to bring to your attention my recent encounter with the Nelson County Road Department. After days of rigorous efforts on my part to unclog the culvert at the end of my old driveway, I was still mostly unsuccessful. Our road department coincidently came down to the end of Robert Taylor Lane with a Grade-All, a dump truck with a brand new culvert and a load of rock. I quickly found out that they were not there to rescue me. They were looking for yet another clogged culvert that was diverting rainwater out onto the roadway.