• New Haven has a number of issues, so many that some city officials are concerned the city is on a slow death march.

    Boarded-up storefronts dot the downtown landscape, leaving residents longing for a better time, when the historic buildings in the flood plain featured bustling businesses, the lifeblood of small towns. Another lifeblood, the population, is rapidly aging, dying or moving away, and more and more renters have lent to a more transient populace. Employment opportunities are limited.

  •  When Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president, I chuckled. Perhaps I was not the only person to find it humorous.

    When he began dominating polls, I discarded the information as useless. After all, it was quite early in the campaign. The Donald is well known, and name recognition often matters most in those surveys.

  • The South Carolina Republican primary may well be Jeb Bush’s last stand. He described the situation — polls show him trailing badly, following weak performances in Iowa and New Hampshire — in typical Bushian syntax:

    “It’s all been decided, apparently,” he harrumphed this week in Summerville, a town near Charleston. “The pundits have already figured it out. We don’t have to go vote. I should stop campaigning maybe.”

    Maybe so, actually.

  • Donald Trump is running riot in the GOP china shop and gleefully tearing the place up.

    Consider the strength of Trump’s position: If he wins South Carolina by a big margin, he goes into Nevada with momentum, and the latest poll there has him leading by 26 points. If he enters Super Tuesday a week later having won three out of the past three states — and with Ted Cruz diminished by a South Carolina loss and Marco Rubio having won nowhere — he could easily win, say, 10 contests that day.

  • Brett Guthrie
    U.S. Representative

    We all know that health care has become increasingly complicated, costly, and limited — especially for our nation’s seniors, who rely on a confusing, overly-strained Medicare program to receive their care.

    While traditional Medicare insures the majority of our nation’s seniors, the Medicare Advantage program is a growing choice within Medicare, allowing beneficiaries to choose a private plan to administer their Medicare benefits.

  • Community journalism in Kentucky has lost one of its finest leaders.

    I learned about John Nelson’s “unexpected, but welcome” retirement as executive editor of The Advocate-Messenger and its three sister newspapers when his daughter, Julie Harris, posted about it on Facebook.

    Julie once worked for me when I worked for him. That could have been awkward, but it never was.

    John and I weren’t close, probably because we seldom worked in the same office, but I always liked and respected him.

  • Although there has been no formal announcement yet, Larry Kass, director of trade relations for Heaven Hill Brands, has confirmed the Bardstown-based company has two major expansions in the works.

    Paperwork for financial incentives has been filed in Frankfort for construction of two new rickhouses in Nelson County at an estimated cost of $13 million, and to expand the capacity of the firm’s distillery in Louisville. That project will cost about $15 million.

  • New Bardstown Fire Chief Randy Walker described last week’s informal meeting with group of local fire chiefs from within Nelson County as being “thrown under the bus.” What might have been a better description would be walking into a nest of mad hornets. 

  •  As we usher in the New Year and the 150th regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly, I’m honored to represent your district. This will be my 13th year in the state legislature. 

  • To the editor,

    How do I find words of comfort? What could I possibly say to ease your pain? Everyday life is hard enough to understand. Death is even harder to understand. The sudden death of a person is especially hard to understand. Anyone’s death is hard to bear for loved ones and friends. But, it seems the younger the person, the more heartache it brings.

    Community Columnist

  • A few weeks ago, the Bardstown City Council passed a resolution declaring Jan. 1 to be Day One of Bible Reading Week, in support of a group of pastors and lay people in all of Kentucky’s 120 counties to perform a public reading of the Bible for 90 hours non-stop through 6 p.m. Jan. 6.

  • By Margie Bradford

    The French philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes famously pronounced “Cognito ergo sum,” “I think, therefore I am,” thereby declaring the primacy of the mind and rationality in determining who and what we are as humans.

    That philosophic pronouncement seems to be given more proof in a recent analysis of 37 studies of older people, published in Psychology and Aging, and reported in the June 2015 issue of the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter. The article stated that:

  • Donald Trump became the driving force in U.S. politics by giving voice to anger, fear and resentment that were already there, just below the surface, waiting for their moment and messenger.

  • To believe his critics, Donald Trump has ripped up the U.S. Constitution and sprinkled its shreds on the smoldering embers of what was once the Statute of Liberty.

    He did this, of course, by proposing a temporary ban on Muslim immigration into the United States, which might be the most roundly and fiercely denounced idea in America since the British Parliament passed the Intolerable Acts (in 1774).

  • It’s ironic that the outcry against allowing Syrian refugees into this country coincided with Thanksgiving, when we Americans express our gratitude to God for his blessings, and Advent, when we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Prince of Peace.

    The response by many who call themselves American Christians could not be more at odds with the gospel of Jesus or the traditions of this country.

  • This coming Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, The Kentucky Standard will be celebrating 115 years of publishing.

    For the last 11 decades, The Standard has preserved essential records and detailed accounts of the people, issues and events that shaped Nelson County. No one else can come close to recording the history of a community than the local newspaper. That’s why it’s so important that we celebrate this milestone.

  • In her recent book “The Heartbeat of God,” Katherine Jefferts Schori, former presiding bishop of the American Episcopal Church, calls on people of faith to explore their connections as humans with each other and with the whole of our environment through the lens of our faith.

    She contends that faith interacts with issues such as poverty, health care and even climate change. Here in Bardstown, we have an excellent example of people acting to express their faith through action, and it has been going on for almost three decades.

  • To the editor,

    Our Bardstown and Nelson County communities were well represented in October by American Legion Post 42 during a Legion overseas deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 

    On this LOD mission, team members focused on the care of veterans, their families, and showing that folks back home miss them and send their support and prayers.  Going to Cuba is like visiting Small Town USA, and while Bardstown has a sister city in France, I wish we could adopt Guantanamo Bay as a military sister-brother city overseas.