• Four days after Mother’s Day, Mom called to tell me they had found her billfold. The cash, credit cards and her Social Security card were gone, of course, but what troubled her most was that some of her most precious keepsakes were missing.

    The one she treasured most was a card on the back of which my father had pledged his undying love. He gave it to her when she was17, and she had kept it close for nearly 60 years.

    “Why would she want that?” she asked.

    It meant nothing to the woman who robbed her. It meant everything to her.

  • If not for a certain Manhattan billionaire, Bernie Sanders’s surprising strength and Hillary Clinton’s relative weakness would be the big political story of the year.

    Democrats are fortunate that bloody insurrection is roiling the Republican Party. Clinton — the likely Democratic nominee — will almost surely face either Donald Trump, who is toxic to most of the electorate, or an alternative chosen at the GOP convention and seen by Trumpistas as an usurper.

  •  Donald Trump never ceases to amaze, but his answer at a CNN town hall about the pledge he had taken to support the Republican Party’s nominee was still jaw-dropping.

    Not only did Trump say that the pledge is null and void as far as he’s concerned, he also went further and told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he doesn’t want the support of Ted Cruz.


    Have you ever had dreams in which you found yourself in impossible situations — such as walking down the street in your underwear, or rushing down the hall looking for a locker that holds the books that you need for a test that you haven’t studied for, or looking for important papers at your job — when you know that somehow, or some way, that everything is terribly wrong? You are in the grip of a terrible fear; what you consider normal is gone, and you are in a world that is totally foreign to you.

  • It’s good to be back.

    Monday was my first day as editor at The Kentucky Standard since early November. I left for the right reasons, and I came back for the right reasons. Life is complicated like that, and it is rare that you get a second chance at an opportunity, so I count myself lucky.

    I am lucky for several reasons, too numerous to list in this space. But my time away gave me a chance to reflect on a few aspects related to work and life that I wanted to share.


    Work-life balance

  • 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).