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Opinion

  • 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.

  • To the editor,

    On behalf of the Bardstown Parks and Recreation Department staff, I want to extend our sincere appreciation to everyone who made our eighth annual free Halloween Party an outstanding success. Over 500 youth were in attendance, along with parents and grandparents. Special thanks to Shannon Oller at the Guthrie Opportunity Center for use of their facility.

  • To the editor,

  • To the editor,

    Where does the greed end?

    I was paying one of my utility bills by telephone, a completely automated process, yet I was charged a fee. So that we are on the same page, they charged me to pay my bill.

    Maybe it’s me, but aren’t utilities public? At one point, did we say they are going to make X amount of profit?

    Keep in mind that they provide a service the source of which is a public project — a dam, a reactor or a furnace, each a product of a government subsidy.

  • It’s not you, it’s me.

    When I was younger, I ended a few relationships with that explanation and was the recipient more than once.

    I didn’t always mean it when I said it, and I didn’t always believe the person who said it to me.

  • Support for those speaking out against tax increase

  • Thanks for helping clean up

    To the editor,

    The Bardstown-Nelson County Summer Community Development Corps greatly appreciates the support of local businesses and community members for making the second Community Cleanup on Sunday, July 26, a success. 

  • A beautiful love story

    To the editor,

    If you love a beautiful love story, then time is about to run out. This Saturday, Aug. 15, will mark the 2015 season end of “The Stephen Foster Story” production at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown.

    The story is beautiful magnified by a wonderfully talented cast. It is fun. It is funny. It is a Kentucky treasure. But, most of all, it is heart-warmingly beautiful.

    If you have not seen the updated production recently, I highly recommend it to you before it is too late.

  • Community Clinic thanks United Way

    The Nelson County Community Clinic board of directors, patients and volunteer staff wish to sincerely thank the Tri-County Kentucky United Way for the generous $14,500 grant.  The funds will be used to cover medical and dental supplies for patients and prescription medications for the working uninsured residents of Nelson County.  

  • One minute the sun is shining, and the next minute dark storm clouds come rolling in like a roaring locomotive barreling down the railroad tracks.

    The almost daily thunderstorms that most of Kentucky is experiencing have destroyed homes, swept away vehicles, downed power lines, uprooted trees, and tragically taken the lives of two people with six more still missing in Flat Gap, Ky., after a flash flood hit the area three days ago.

  • Yes, it is time to include politician as a career. I think this may have occurred when we established a federal government. I am not sure at this moment what are the qualifications to be a politician. For most jobs, there is a set of criteria; for example, to be a doctor (someone that affects the life of their charges), one must demonstrate exceptional intelligence and wisdom. For a lawyer, a demonstration of logic and righteousness in cause set the standard.

  • The names that we are given we carry for the rest of our lives, unless we choose to change them, of course. Women who marry usually take the last name of their husband, and many movie stars of the last century shed their original names at the behest of the studio bosses to project a certain image.

  • Tuesday night during his State of the Union Address, President Obama outlined objectives intended to help the middle class.  Among these proposed initiatives included child care, raising minimum wage, and free community college.  He emphasized “turning the page” from a struggling economy to one that has recovered. Boasting lower unemployment numbers, Obama declared, “The verdict is clear. Middle class economics works. Expanding opportunity works.”

  • Democracy can be messy, whether it is in the halls of Congress or at City Hall. Just ask anyone who has sat through a few City Council meetings in just about any area.

    Too often, input from the public can be viewed by elected officials as a distraction or inconvenience from running an “efficient” meeting. People who show up are often upset, not always well-informed on every issue and can say things in public that are unfair to the targets of their ire.

    There have been some elected bodies that have found ways to minimize visitors.