• To the editor,

    Margie Bradford’s column on Friday, May 23, was spot on. It seems that with every passing year members of Congress spend more time either campaigning, fundraising for elections, or meeting with special interest groups and less time being available to their constituents, being in the House or Senate chambers, or even showing up to vote on bills.

  • To the editor,

    Folks setting to break out their outdoor grills this summer face a deadly choice of inflicting food poisoning or cancer on their family and friends.

    Food poisoning by E. coli and salmonella bacteria, if they undercook their meat, and cancer if they heat their meat to the point of creating cancer-causing compounds.

  • To the editor,

    I don’t blame any citizen, farmer, or organization that accepts money from the proposed pipeline, but it feels like our community is being bought out with grand promises of jobs (temporary), economic opportunity and high safety standards.

    (Google: pipeline explosions).

    I speak as someone whose farm is crossed by two pipelines, and I have yet to see a positive environmental impact from either of the companies.

  • Sunny skies and warm days bring adult and child alike out to play.

    Let’s make this a safe year by putting on those helmets when we bike, skateboard, and drive scooters and ATVs.

    Children need to have helmets even when they are on their tricycles. Children will not resist wearing helmets if adults set a good example by wearing helmets themselves. Most serious and fatal head injuries could be prevented if parents would just spend $l5-$20 for a helmet.

  • The City of Bardstown’s smoking ban states “in order to serve the public health, safety and general welfare, it is the declared purpose of this chapter to prohibit smoking in all buildings open to the public and other establishments where employees work on the premises.” Ordinance No. B2010-04.

  • Nelda Moore’s May 2 comment about the labor market is not new.

    Adam Smith said, in 1776, that wealthy masters would “force” workers to accept their terms or starve and masters would join in keeping wages at a starvation level.

    Their success in doing that was noted in Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum in May 1891. Pope Leo XIII saw “The misery and wretchedness pressing so unjustly on the majority of the working class.” He supported unions. 

  • On behalf of the Nelson County Community Early Childhood Council, I would like to thank United Way for assisting the council with a generous allocation.  The funds will be used to purchase books and materials for our Family Enrichment Camp in June. The council believes it is never too early to prepare children for success in school. Having community support always benefits our children and their families.

    Bonnie Cecil,

    Project Manager

PO Box 694


  • The General Assembly was considering a bill that could have left low-income Kentuckians and seniors without reliable landline service.

    Basic telephone service is not a luxury; it’s what consumers know as “plain old telephone service” (POTS), with no frills and unlimited local calling for one flat charge. Landlines from the traditional phone company are still the only option for affordable and reliable telephone service for many Kentuckians.

  • I would like to send a thank you card to a true angel, but I don’t know his name.

    A friend and I were in drive-through at Lee’s Famous Recipe Friday night, Feb. 28. Steam was coming from the hood of my car. Being two women, we were very scared.

    A man came quickly from his truck and asked if we were OK.

    He told me to pull over and pop the hood. He checked it out and told me what the problem was.

    It was 10 p.m., time for the store to close.

  • To the editor:

    I would just like to write a note of thanks to all the volunteers, participants, and local media who worked on and covered last Friday’s Lincoln Dinner.

    Without your talent and endless hard work, we would never have been able successfully coordinate this event.

    I would especially like to thank everyone who attended. Thanks to your enthusiasm and support, we easily set an all-time high attendance record.

    Thank you for your continued support.

  • Affluenza, a mash-up of affluence and influenza, as though it were a legitimate condition worthy of serious consideration as a legal defense, leaves me sputtering in outrage. First it was a Texas judge who gave a teenager probation for killing four people and injuring 11 others while driving intoxicated. The teen was captured on video stealing beer from a store and then speeding away with what later proved to be a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit. The customary sentence for someone found guilty of intoxicated manslaughter in Texas is 20 years in prison.

  • The American Red Cross Heart of Kentucky Chapter wrapped up its formal 2014 Heroes campaign on March 20 at My Old Kentucky Home State Park.

  • To the editor,

    New lows have been established in snow removal and road maintenance during this storm.  

    I have to drive on Clarktown Road, Balltown Road and New Haven Road in order to see get to the office and to the hospital.

    Everything was sheet ice with no treatment of any type.

    New Haven road wassheet ice on the west side and only patchy ice on the east. Absolutely nothing of use had been done.  

  • Last week was a buzz of activity as many school groups, local officials and musicians visited the capital and watched hearings and activity on the Senate Floor.

    I was excited to host many visitors from my district and see the many faces from around the commonwealth.

    The Senate unanimously passed an important education measure I sponsored on Thursday. 

  • I recently attended the public interest meeting concerning the development of walking and biking paths in Nelson County. I was immediately impressed by the standing-room-only crowd. The group was very attentive and seemed interested in the various proposals. The information was presented in a most informative manner.

  • If one Kentucky legislator has his way, many Kentuckians could lose access to public information related to their local governing bodies.

    State Sen. Chris McDaniel, who represents District 23 covering a portion of Kenton County, filed Senate Bill 101 last Friday seeking to eliminate the requirement of public notices to be published in the newspaper.

  • Fifty years ago this month, President Lyndon Johnson spoke in his State of the Union message of his commitment to those on “the outskirts of hope” — America’s 40 million poor. Washington’s task, he said, was to help them “replace their despair with opportunity.”

    Then he threw down the gauntlet.

    “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America,” he said.

  • It was a necessary retreat, but President Obama made clear Thursday that his bottom line remains unchanged: “I’m not going to walk away from 40 million people who have the chance to get health insurance for the first time.”

  • President Barack Obama just admitted that the “settled law of the land” isn’t the least bit settled, and it hasn’t been sabotaged by Republicans so much as by the ignorance and incompetence of his own administration.

  • Mitch McConnell

    U.S. Senator


    Many Kentuckians have found out the hard way in recent weeks that the president’s repeated Obamacare promise, “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” has been broken. But now we are learning the truth about another of the president’s broken promises: his claim that “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor” is proving false as well.