• Do ordinary citizens still have a voice in Washington and in their state capitals? Despite the cynicism of these times, my answer is, yes, we do ... But we have to exercise it.

  • As a parent, you try to teach your children that they have to work for what they want.

    That was the lesson my wife and I had in mind when we made a deal with our youngest son, Quinn.

    Quinn has had a soft spot for animals since he was a toddler. He has always been fascinated by our friends’ dogs, my parents’ dog, just about any dog he comes across.

    “You need to get that boy a dog,” my dad told me several years ago. “Little boys need a dog.”

  • It’s that time of year again. Parents with children know it all too well. Those of us without them do, too.

    Back-to-school season is in full swing. The aisles of notebooks and crayons are overflowing in stores. The drop-off and pick-up lines are overflowing into morning and afternoon traffic.

  • Anytime we lose a part of our precious local history, it’s a day of mourning. The recent acts of vandalism and arson at the Wickland property are sad reminders that some individuals, especially youth, don’t fully understand that their actions have lasting consequences for generations to come.

  • There is a special club in Nelson County that is full of some busy people. They have an addiction that affects them and spreads to their families and friends as well. They belong to the Cannot Say No Club. When a cause comes around, when they see a need to do something, when a friend or colleague asks them to get involved in a project, they simply cannot say no.

  • There’s no shortage of threats to our democracy. Russian meddling in elections, the vulnerability of state voting systems to hacking, politicians’ assaults on the media, and political leaders’ growing fondness for policy-making in secret — all of these pose a real challenge to our system’s viability.

    As worrisome as these are, there’s one problem that may be the greatest threat of all: Americans’ loss of faith in politics and democratic institutions.

  • To the editor,
    St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank the many individuals, churches, organizations and companies that have donated to our Mission Store and Bread For Life Food Pantry. We would not be able to help the needy of Nelson County without your wonderful generosity.

  • Al Cross

    Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

    University of Kentucky

    This column is on a less frequent schedule for the summer, but one of its favorite subjects has been especially busy since our last visit.

  • Given the current partisan divides in this country, it can be hard for people to find common ground upon which they can agree.

    We have seen that the divide even extends into the Republican Party in Washington, where it was not Democrats who doomed the GOP’s long-promised repeal-and-replace of Obamacare, but rather moderate and conservative senators.

    But what the public should be able to agree upon is that the Republicans are quickly demonstrating that they have become a party of resistance rather than one capable of governance.

  • The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office recently hosted a training session on officer safety and reminded the participants that complacency kills.

    The training was geared toward law enforcement. Officers deal with dangerous situations every day. That’s why we give them guns and bulletproof vests and authorize them to use their discretion to decide when to shoot and possibly kill someone. Every time they respond to a call, there is the potential for it to become a life-or-death situation.

  • Riding high on the release of the live-action Disney film version, this year’s second show for The Stephen Foster Drama Association is “Beauty and the Beast.” The show, as well as events such as the recent Be Our Guest Tea Party, has done a great job at appealing to children, not only providing a second family show, but by drawing them into theater, offering exercise for imaginations and fostering interest in the arts.

  • I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to journalism, I’m a traditionalist. Old-fashioned, even. But I don’t think it’s a coincidence that even while confidence in the media drops to new lows and Time magazine feels moved to wonder “Is Truth Dead?” on its cover, huge numbers of Americans have come to believe the media is not as authoritative as it once was.

  • Why were hundreds of thousands of people protesting at the G20 Summit last week in Hamburg, Germany? There was only minimal coverage of these protests on corporate media, and the little coverage there was emphasized the clashes between police and protesters. You may have seen a video clip of cars on fire, police water cannons, and a sound bite or two; but what you didn’t see was any real in-depth exploration of why so many people put themselves in harm’s way to protest the G20.

  • Felicia Delaney faced a struggle many of us, especially women, experience on a daily basis. She had issues with her own body image and self-esteem. But she reacted differently than a lot of people do. Rather than feel sorry for herself or belittle herself for what women are frequently told are shortcomings or inadequacies, she focused on using her personal struggles to inspire other women who were feeling as she had. To do that, she started The 4th Trimester Chronicles on her website.

  • It was Mother Nature that put the “high” in the high-adventure trek to Alaska last month for 16 members of Bardstown Boy Scout troop 147.

    The scouts, along with 12 adults, participated in a 10-day trip to the Chilkoot High Adventure Base in the northern section of the Alaska Panhandle, not far from Canada’s Yukon Territory. The camp is operated by the Boy Scouts of America and is staffed with professional wilderness guides.

  • For many years, coal was thought to be integral to the economy of Kentucky. It was called Kentucky’s ace in the hole. It was both praised and sometimes derided for its effect upon the state. But time changes most everything.

  • Every day we age a little, and hopefully we get a little wiser. Our health becomes more fragile as we age as well. Health care has become quite the topic recently and the president has said he wants health care that is better and less expensive for everyone, and I fully support that statement.

  • The new emphasis on “Farm-to-Table” or “Farm-to-Fork” eating is not just a hipster fad anymore, and suddenly eating food straight from the farm is cool again.

  • On Sunday, June 4, the St. Joseph Men’s Club (SJMC) held its annual Charity Golf Scramble at the Maywood Country Club golf course.

    Because of the outstanding efforts of the Maywood staff and the overwhelming contributions from our various sponsors and players, this event was a great success.

    Funds raised during this event are used to directly support various parish school facility requirements, club and team expenses, as well as the parish W.O.W. youth program.

  • Went in for eye surgery the other day, which reminded me of an old wheeze of a joke, which I told to people as they prepared the prisoner for execution: A man walked by the insane asylum and heard the inmates shouting, “Twenty-one! Twenty-one!” They sounded ecstatic and he stopped to have a look. He put his eye to a hole in the fence and they poked him in the eye with a sharp stick and yelled, “Twenty-two! Twenty-two!”