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Opinion

  • I (Paula Simpson- Chairperson of Relay For Life) would like to say thank you to our community for all the support that was shown at Relay For Life of Nelson County this year. With a change of venue, date and times along with other events going on, I was not sure how it would turn out, but we had a beautiful day and a great turnout from the community.
     I sincerely thank everyone who came and supported us and the survivors. Thanks to those who donated money, time, talent, merchandise and for caring about the people who matter to them and others.

  • The fifth annual An Afternoon With the Past took place Saturday, May 13, in Bloomfield. Approximately 200 were in attendance.
    This year we honored our veterans. More than 300 framed veterans’ photos were on display. These photos will soon be hung on The Veterans Wall at American Legion Post 288 in Bloomfield. Thanks to the Legion for donating the frames and wall. (This is a continuing project for any and all veterans from Bloomfield, Chaplin and Fairfield. Thus, additional veterans photos will always be accepted.)

  • I’ve had a number of conversations recently that convince me our country is divided into two political camps separated by a deep and uncomfortably wide gap. No, I’m not talking about liberals and conservatives, or pro- and anti-Trump voters. I’m talking about people who believe in politics and our political system, and people who don’t.

  • As many as two million Americans are struggling with prescription drug addiction across the nation. Tragically, heroin and opioid overdoses claim an average of 91 lives every day. This startling trend continues to get worse, especially here in Kentucky.

    But together, we can do more to fight back, and I will continue to assist those in Kentucky who are working to fight the epidemic.

  • Mercifully, a tumultuous school year at Old Kentucky Home Middle School has come to an end.

    And while outraged parents and teachers can breathe a sigh of relief that this local nightmare has ended, it’s only temporary. In just two short months, another school year begins, and it has become hard to imagine that a two-month cooling off period will completely bring an end to the frequently out-of-control student behavior, punctuated with routine reports of student-on-student and student-on-teacher violence.

  • “Whom the gods would destroy, they first tempt to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict.” — Irving Kristol

    The quixotic American pursuit of Middle East peace is a perennial. It invariably fails, yet every administration feels compelled to give it a try. The Trump administration is no different.

  • Thank you to the people of New Haven for a fantastic participation at the third annual New Haven Appreciation Day.
    This year’s event drew over 400 attendees, and all had a great time.
    A special thank you to all of the helpers and the musicians that participated. The giving of their time to put on a great night of music and fun for the residents of southern Nelson County is truly appreciated.
    The success of this year’s events had all of those involved talking of how to improve it for next year.

  • Grendel’s evil mother hid in the depths of water. The evil foe in Afghanistan hid in caves.
    Ask the mother of any U.S. service person whose life matters more.
    Joe McGuire
    Boston

  • The images we have of him are of youthful vigor and charm, so it’s hard to imagine that if he were still alive today, President John F. Kennedy would be 100 years old on Memorial Day.

    We can only wonder what he might have achieved in a second term as president or what kind of an elder statesman he would have been.

  • The Memorial Day that we will observe nationally on Monday, May 29, had its beginning during the American Civil War — a turbulent time for Nelson County. More than 80 different Union units were involved in skirmishes and set up camps in the county during the war. The county’s turnpikes and railroads dictated the movement of many troops and supplies through the area — both Union and Confederate.

    In the end the Civil War would take the lives of over 600,000 soldiers nationally, both North and South, from 1861 to 1865.

  • GARRISON KEILLOR

    Columnist

    The Washington Post

    For all the fireworks of the French election, please note that Marine Le Pen gave a simple elegant concession speech, congratulating the winner and thanking her supporters and campaign workers. She did not claim voter fraud or a media conspiracy or accuse the government of tapping her phone. She is, after all, French. Liberty, equality, dignity.

  • Charles Krauthammer

    columnist

    letters@ charleskrauthammer.com

    It was implausible that FBI Director James Comey was fired in May 2017 for actions committed in July 2016 — the rationale contained in the memo by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

    It was implausible that Comey was fired by Donald Trump for having been too tough on Hillary Clinton, as when, at that July news conference, he publicly recited her various email misdeeds despite recommending against prosecution.

  • They give us life, carrying us inside themselves until we can face the world on the outside. They go through physical trauma to deliver us. They feed us. They comfort us when we cry. They Band-Aid our boo-boos. They cook and clean. They work — whether it’s outside the home or within its walls — to help keep our families afloat. They sacrifice so we don’t have to. They’re the glue that keeps everything together. They teach us — sometimes with words, but more often by example. They love us unconditionally.

  • Canceling the National Day Of Prayer meeting was a bad idea.

    What happened to ...

    • freedom of speech?

    • freedom of religion?

    • freedom to attend or not to attend?

    • freedom to use public buildings and grounds?

    • freedom to fly flags?

    • freedom to see historical monuments and statues?

    • freedom to hold to your beliefs? (Remember Ali?)

    • freedom of assembly?

    • freedom of choice?

  • On behalf of the Nelson County Deputy Clerks’ Relay for Life team, we would like to take this opportunity to show our appreciation to everyone who attended the annual pie auction. A big thank you goes out to all the officials and bakers who provided the selection of goodies for the event and for those who could not attend, but gave a generous donation. A special thank you to Joey Hayden, our auctioneer, and Dean Watts for the use of the Civic Center.

    We are grateful that we have so many generous supporters who share the vision of ending cancer.

  • The U.S. military dropped a huge bomb on a remote part of Afghanistan recently. It was so powerful that it had been kept on the shelf since it was created in 2003 because of the fear of the “collateral damage” it might cause. They dubbed it, with a kind of macho affection, “The Mother of all Bombs.”

    While it was the biggest non-nuclear bomb any government has ever dropped on another country, it was not “The Mother of All Bombs.”

  • In an ongoing effort to promote transparency in state government, Kentucky has taken steps to identify owners of unclaimed property. It may seem like a minor or non-existent issue to many, but the reality is that Kentucky’s unclaimed property fund contains assets with a combined value of nearly half a billion dollars.

  • Fads come and go, and there’s a laundry list of different ones, such as mood rings, Pokemon Go, acid-wash jeans, etc., that capture the fancy of folks for a time, then drift away, only for another to take its place.

    The hunt for painted rocks is the latest, and here’s hoping we see this one last a while.