• To the editor:

    We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all those who volunteered their services to the recent cattle accident on Bellwood Road. Thanks to the Boston Fire Department, local police, and neighbors for their time and efforts with cleanup. We send a special thanks to Curtiss Ice and Todd Harned.

    Hurst Farms

    John C. Hurst

    John D. Hurst

    Lance Hurst

    4621 Bellwood Road


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    I have listened, researched and read about the proposed high school being planned for Nelson County and have several issues that need to be addressed. The first issue is the direction the Board of Education has taken toward building this high school off Highway 245 (117 acres). Why is the Board of Education so eager to build a high school? Is this the direction the superintendent and the Board of Education have taken to improve scores or other problems at Nelson County High School? What other options were available for consideration?

  • When we take the time to learn about another culture, it opens our horizons.

    No matter how “normal” you think you are, there is always another way of doing something that a different culture embraces. Learning these differences now not only improves your knowledge of your global neighbors, but also may enlighten you on doing things slightly differently.

    While all can’t take the time and expense to travel abroad to learn of those different cultures, we can take the opportunity to learn and appreciate when those cultures come to our doors.

  • To the editor:

    Are Bardstown’s city taxes as high as some claim? The citizens of Bardstown need to know the following in order to answer that question. A family of four with one working spouse earning $30,000 (a factory job paying about $14 per hour) living in a $100,000 house with a home-owner’s insurance policy costing $400 per year, auto insurance costing $600 per year, health insurance costing $200 per month, and life insurance costing $50 per month, would pay the following taxes in the following cities (see chart).

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  • Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know Tuesday is Election Day. People on both sides of the aisle are calling this the most important election of a lifetime. Record numbers are expected at the polls, and you need to be among the crowd — because when you vote, you’re anything but one of the crowd. Your opinion and voice will  be heard loud and clear when the numbers are tallied.

  • How lucky I am that my weekly column — from which other responsibilities have pulled me lately — falls on Halloween this year. The holiday is the perfect ending to my favorite month, which includes my birthday and ends with a valid excuse for responsible, stressed-out adults to get goofy.

  • If, as the poets say, the eyes are the window to the soul, then court squares in small communities are a window into the soul of a community.

    The square is the community’s front porch and a reflection of a town’s own idea of itself. That is why the recently announced “streetscape” grant of $639,000 in state administered federal transportation funds for Bardstown are so important.

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    I am writing this letter to encourage all Bible believers to go to the polls Nov. 4 and to vote the Bible — not party, not race, not the economy. Go to the polls and vote the heart of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

    A true believer diligently strives to live in accordance with the Bible, the Word of God. Jesus says in Matt .6:33, “But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His (God’s) kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), ...” Amp.

  • My quest for information on identity theft and how consumers can protect themselves began about two months ago after I noticed not only a national trend in an increasing number of cases but local trends as well.

  • Western Kentucky University students, parents, faculty and administrators feared the worst last week when they got text messages that armed men had been reported on South Campus. Said one bystander, “We thought it was Virginia Tech all over again.”

    Authorities later learned that two fights were to blame for the calls to 911 that prompted the text messages. No guns were involved. Some say the university overreacted and should not have scared everyone without having proof there were gunmen on campus.

  • To the editor:

    Core values of many Kentucky citizens are at stake in the upcoming Presidential election. While the Presidential debates have largely centered on the particulars of war, foreign policy, and the economy, some of the most critical concerns have gone largely unmentioned. Of particular importance to many voters are the issues of second amendment rights, traditional marriage and abortion.

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    In a few days, a most important election will take place. Let’s compare our choices.

    On the one hand, we have Senator Barack Obama, whose only approach to solving a problem is by taxing it or  regulating it. He and Senator Biden have a pro-abortion record that is completely opposite the strong pro-life record of Senator McCain and Governor Palin.

  • People are rightly concerned about the crisis that threatens economies around the world. In America, most of the focus has been on the financial devastation on Wall Street, and it’s wise to think about what brought us to this point and what we should do to correct the underlying causes.

    Congressional hearings shine the spotlight on poor lending practices and corporate greed. But it’s sensible to also consider energy costs as a part of  the problem.  

  • My 8-year-old dog Max has a limp.

    A couple of trips to the vet have yielded no definite answers. It could be this, it could be that and even an X-ray couldn’t determine his ailment. Possible cures, followed by price tags in the thousands, has hampered my ability to find a solution to his problem.

    But he manages. He still gets up and down the stairs on his own, can manage to jump into the back seat of the car without a problem and still chases the neighbor kids from behind the backyard fence.

  • Not since the days the Jaycees and Kroger teamed up for a giant Halloween party at Kentucky Home Square have kids had the options they have this year to celebrate All Saints Eve.

    There are two community parties taking place Friday including one at the Nelson County Fairgrounds that will incorporate rides and concerts to go along with a haunted house, trick or treat trail and costume contest.

    Meanwhile at Dean Watts Park a free Trick or Treat evening for kids 11 and under with games, a hayride and costume contest will take place.

  • For many people, this time of year means raking leaves, admiring fall colors, hay rides and apple cider. Then there are those who use it as an excuse to eat lots of candy under the guise of preparing for Halloween.

    Guess which group I’m in?

    While I enjoy watching the leaves turn color (though this is probably not going to be the best year for that), and fall happens to be my favorite time of year, I also like the sense of fun and excitement trick or treating brings to the season.