• 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!”

  • Across 25 years and five administrations, we have kicked the North Korean can down the road. We are now out of road.

    On July 4, North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile apparently capable of hitting the United States. As yet, only Alaska. Soon, every American city.

    Moreover, Pyongyang claims to have already fitted miniaturized nuclear warheads on intermediate range missiles. Soon, on ICBMs.

  • These nice, summerish evenings, I’ve been trying to make the most of the fabulous weather and enjoy my time sitting out on the deck and taking in the scenery, as opposed to the usual recreation of sitting inside and staring at a brightly lit screen.

    Yes, escaping to the outdoors is my favorite thing to do this time of year. And our deck is quite nice as we have views of the woods behind us.

  • Rooted in the past but always looking forward with a progressive vision for making the world a better place, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, for 195 years, have tremendously impacted the development of local Catholic culture and local culture overall, while at the same time making their compassionate mark globally.

    Throughout its history, the SCN were always ready to respond to what was needed at the time, answering the Lord’s call to go out into the world and do good deeds.

  • I am a registered liberal who mostly toes the party line, but I am not devoted to the idea of big government. I loathe the law in New York state requiring gas pump nozzles to not latch. This means that I must stand beside my vehicle, holding the nozzle lever open, instead of latching it and walking into the gas station to use the john which, if you’re an older male and hear gushing liquid, you feel a powerful urge to do, so thanks to legislative over-regulation, I am on the verge of humiliating myself.

  • The U.S. shoots down a Syrian fighter-bomber. Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria. Russia threatens to attack coalition aircraft west of the Euphrates. What is going on?

    It might appear a mindless mess, but the outlines are clear. The great Muslim civil war, centered in Syria, is approaching its post-Islamic State phase. It’s the end of the beginning. The parties are maneuvering to shape what comes next.

  • Back when I was in Congress, I got a call from a constituent one day. I’d recently voted to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, and the man was more than irate. “Don’t you understand that we’ve got a serious spending and debt problem in this country?” he asked. “Why did you cast this idiotic vote?”

    He was right about the problem. But he was wrong about the vote. With Congress fast approaching another debt-ceiling vote and yet one more “fiscal cliff” drama taking shape, I’d like to explain why that is.

  • Gov. Matt Bevin might want to take a closer look at the motto on the flag of the state he was elected to represent.

    “United we stand. Divided we fall,” has graced our flag for almost a century.

    Yet, on Wednesday, this newspaper and many others received a guest opinion piece by Blake Brickman, the governor’s chief of staff, accusing the state’s largest newspapers of working in tandem with Democrats to intentionally harm Kentucky’s progress.

  • This week kicks off what’s been described as a “living tradition” as hundreds of musicians descend on Bardstown for Kentucky Music Week.

    There will be 50 instructors offering 150 classes on everything from dulcimers, guitar and ukuleles to clogging, stained glass and basketry.

    The five days of festivities begin with a jam session tonight, the first of many.

    Classes this year are at Bardstown City Schools, where as many as 500 participants from 30 states are expected to attend.

  • Who knew that back in 2003, when two guys from Australia, who had adopted Bardstown as their American home, closed the streets down and hosted a big party right in the heart of downtown that we would still be carrying on the same tradition 15 years later? Most would have said that it just wouldn’t happen, but the tradition lives on today and shows just what the determination of two individuals can achieve.

  • On June 10, I had the distinct pleasure to attend the opening night of “The Stephen Foster Story” in historic Bardstown. The talented cast was so entertaining, and the night flew by. The musical is truly a great Kentucky story about the life and music of the talented Stephen Foster, one of the first genuinely American composers.

  • Mexico has always been the “big problem” for the U.S. A neighbor whom we have regarded as perpetually impoverished; who seeks to steal our jobs; and whose violent gangs seek to engage our youth in violence and drugs. But, is it a problem because of the fear we have of their violence? Or, isn’t it fear of hordes of Mexico’s poor flooding our cities and overwhelming our systems?