• Last week, after 15 months of threatening to do so, President Trump withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA or the Iran deal). He was following through with one of his top campaign promises.

  • It might be overly optimistic to think that there can be an end put to the scourge of school shootings in this country. That’s unfortunate, but it’s also real talk. There are too many people approaching the debate about gun control from rigid ideological positions, and nobody wants to budge.

  • Politicians and commentators these days like to point to an array of threats to our constitutional system. There’s one, though, that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it should: our national debt.

  • It’s Friday night. I’m laying in the floor in my son’s room, writing by the glow of a soccer ball night-light and listening to him wiggle and talk, pretending I can’t hear him playing when he’s supposed to be sleeping.

    Bedtime was an hour ago, but we played outside, then had to read a book and get 60 drinks of water and use the restroom and now we’re too wound up to sleep. This is about as wild as our Friday nights get.

    I’m not complaining, but its not always “fun.”

  • Last week, a woman reported a stranger forced himself into her home, choked and stabbed her before her German shepherd chased the intruder off.

    The reported home invasion happened in the area of Nazareth Road, not far from Louisville Road. Police responded promptly and it was not long before they came to believe the suspect was no longer in the area.

    It appears police became aware shortly after they had arrived on the scene that no neighbors were in harm’s way.

    But the problem was, many of those residents did not know that.

  • A goal for Nelson County Schools in recent years has been to ensure that students were college- and career-ready. There’s no better evidence of that goal being met than one student earning her Childhood Development Associate credential and another who will graduate from high school with her diploma and possibly an associate’s degree.

  • The alluring combination of Bardstown’s charming history and architecture — and its welcoming people — were clinchers in the city’s designation as The Most Beautiful Small Town in America a few years back.

    That resplendent mix then gets mashed together with the area’s iconic bourbon industry, producing a dazzling concoction that proves irresistible for tourists, whose ranks swell each year.

  • As the eyes of the world fall briefly upon Louisville and Kentucky, proprietors of this space have long felt obliged to update you on the state’s often curious political landscape and put it in national context.

  • Russia and the United States have never stopped viewing each other with suspicion and hostility. 

    In times past, representatives of the two countries would meet, engage in exchanges and co-operate in reaching significant agreements, but the underlying relationship remained fraught with tensions.

    Today, neither wants large-scale conflict, but our relationship is as bad as at any time since the Cold War.

  • The prospect of winning the Nobel Peace Prize is understandably tantalizing for President Trump. After all the contempt he has faced from the political establishment, watching liberal heads explode at the suggestion by South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he deserves the award must be gratifying. It would be even more gratifying to watch the collective meltdown as he delivered his Nobel acceptance speech.

  • People are saying that White House Correspondents’ Association dinner headliner Michelle Wolf went Too Far with her critiques of the media and the Trump administration, especially those who were in the room. To avoid such unpleasantness in the future, here is a list of approved jokes ready for next year’s celebration. The president has suggested that Greg Gutfeld should host.

    Oh wow, when has there ever been a gathering like this? (This is a rhetorical question; anyone who yells “slightly before the French Revolution” will be removed.)

  • Sen. Mitch McConnell

    U.S. Senate Majority Leader


    Kentucky Historical Society

    Pardons have been in the news lately.

    President Donald Trump recently pardoned Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, who was convicted of obstruction of justice and perjury. Libby’s charges stemmed from the investigation surrounding the leaking of CIA officer Valerie Plame’s identity.




    For the first time in the history of the republic, it appears increasingly likely that a majority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote against the president’s nominee for secretary of state. If this happens, it would be a black mark not on Mike Pompeo’s record, but on the reputation of this once-storied committee.



    The Washington Post

    “While Fox News was unaware of Sean Hannity’s informal relationship with Michael Cohen and was surprised by the announcement in court yesterday, we have reviewed the matter and spoken to Sean and he continues to have our full support.”

    — Fox statement when Sean Hannity was revealed as Michael Cohen’s third client after having failed to disclose this information on air

  • Jim Paxton

    Publisher, Paducah Sun


    Republican lawmakers gave Kentuckians a final slap on the way out of Frankfort last Saturday.

    The new party of tax and spend — having already ambushed its flock with a half-billion dollar tax increase — continued its spending spree by throwing almost $200 million more down the black hole known as Kentucky Wired.

  • Lee H. Hamilton

    Director of the Center on Congress

    Indiana University

    America has military forces committed to locations around the world. About 15 percent of our million-man armed forces are so deployed. There are about 800 installations and bases in 70 countries across the globe, with the largest numbers in Asia and Europe, but many in the Middle East and Africa.

  • Bardstown’s elected officials haven’t received raises in almost 20 years.

    How many of us would work the same job for 20 years without making more money? Life is not the same as it was two decades ago. A dollar went farther in that economy. And the city isn’t the same as it was two decades ago. Thirty-seven hundred fewer people called Bardstown home then. It’s common sense that today’s city council should be making more money than that council.

  • With the filling earlier this month of Heaven Hill’s 8 millionth barrel of bourbon, the Shapira family now has more than 1.3 million barrels aging in Kentucky, with most if that inventory here in Nelson County.