• Dayna PArrett

    County Extension Agent for Consumer and Family Sciences


    No, that column title isn’t a misprint. My name is Dayna Parrett and I am the Family and Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension Agent here in Nelson County. I can provide you with free information on anything from nutrition to financial management, fall prevention to child development.

  • My first newspaper job included some unusual perks. The family that owned the weekly also owned the old hotel where our offices were, and I was given rooms, rent-free, with cleaning service and fresh linens.

    One benefit that wasn’t included was medical insurance. So I went to a Golden Rule agent and asked for an individual policy.

  • If a U.S. senator and members of an advocacy group meet in a public library for a panel discussion on immigration reform, the meeting ought to be open to anyone who wants to sit and listen. Right?

    That would make sense, but that’s not what happened last week in Lexington when Sen. Rand Paul, a Bowling Green Republican, spoke at a panel discussion with the Office of the Immigrant, Solidarity and Information. News reporters and photographers were turned away. The discussion was apparently open to anyone else.

  • To the editor,

    We, at the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce, found Randy Patrick’s recent column, “Bardstown’s Good Marks on Walkability,” very informative. He pointed out that there are positive social, economic and health benefits of having a “walkable” community. We couldn’t agree more!

  • With budgetary tantrums in the Senate and investigative play-acting in the House, the Republican Party is proving once again that it simply cannot be taken seriously.

    This is a shame. I don’t share the GOP’s philosophy, but I do believe that competition makes both of our major parties smarter. I also believe that a big, complicated country facing economic and geopolitical challenges needs a government able to govern.

  • It is appropriate that the worst scandal of the Obama administration — the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservatives — is a scandal of administrators and bureaucrats, of otherwise faceless people endowed with immense power over their fellow citizens and running free of serious oversight from elected officials.

  • In some ways, Memorial Day this year was like any other. At my aunt and uncle’s farm, we ate fried chicken and corn pudding, remembered those who are with us now only in our thoughts, and paid tribute to soldiers who gave their lives for their country.

    But this last Monday in May was different in one way because my thoughts were also with another family I’ve never met — that of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis, who two days before had given his life for his community.

  • Hearing the news that Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis was shot and killed on his way home early Saturday morning left me with a feeling I won’t soon forget.

    The feeling, mixed with shock and sadness, shook me to my core.

    I did not know Officer Ellis personally, but in a way, his death hits close to home for me.

    My aunt and uncle are police officers for the Louisville Metro Police Department. What happened to Ellis could happen to either one of them.

  • To the editor:

    I am writing to express my support for Arch Cox “Chip” McKay III for Nelson County District Judge.  I have known Chip for nearly 20 years. In that time, he has shown a love for the law unlike many others in similar positions. Chip has displayed the highest of knowledge while maintaining a common sense approach to situations. 

  • To the editor:

    How is Obama going to build America from the ground up — by selling America to China and making America a communist state like China?

    Unions, kiss your butts good-bye. China has no unions.

    Women, be prepared for no rights at all because in China women are the slaves of men.

    No freedom of speech.

    Our military men and women, past and present, died for nothing. Obama will still have his Muslim faith and no birth certificate that is real.

  • To the editor:

    In The Reverend Jeffrey Hopper’s spiritual journey, he said that Matthew 16:18 caused him to consider Roman Catholicism. The context is thus:

    Verse 15: He said to them, “but who do you say that I am?”

    Verse 16: And Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ (Messiah), the son of the living God.”

    Verse 17: Summation: My Father in heaven has revealed this to you.

  • Someone once told me, “Your employer only owns your skills, not your heart and soul.”  I can’t function that way though. I put those parts of me into everything I do. That being the case, I left my heart in Elizabethtown.

    I feel like I should get out of the way early in my career in Bardstown that while I now spend five days a week here, Elizabethtown will always be home. It’s where I grew up, where my parents live, where most of my memories so far have been made.

  • Soon after I arrived in Bardstown in July, I got a visit from our state representative, David Floyd, who wanted to welcome me to the community and let me borrow a book.

    He had read a book review I’d written for a Frankfort journal and thought I might enjoy David McCullough’s epic biography of John Adams.

  • Last week’s school bus rollover accident between a car and a Jefferson County school bus sent more than 50 students to various Louisville hospitals. Several suffered broken bones and other serious injuries. It could have been so much worse and the incident reignited the age-old question of why don’t school buses have seat belts?

  • To the editor:

    In conversation we hear people say: this is a cruel, mean world. No, it’s not the world — it’s the people therein.

    I was appalled and saddened at the front page of the Standard on Wednesday.

  • To the editor:

  • When Michelle Obama called voting rights “the movement of our era” in a speech Saturday night, she didn’t specifically mention the Republican-led crusade for restrictive voter identification laws. She didn’t have to. Her audience at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual gala dinner fully understood the context. It’s hard to believe that, in this day and age, the right to vote is once again under assault from those who would prefer to keep minorities, the poor and the elderly away from the polls. But here we are.

  • If you had to pinpoint the exact moment when Mitt Romney’s strategy to make the election largely a referendum on President Barack Obama collapsed, about 10:56 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, would be as good a guess as any.

    That’s when, roughly 20 minutes into his sprawling oration at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., former President Bill Clinton said that no president — not even the 42nd — could have done a better job fixing the economy than Obama, given the problems the incumbent inherited.

  • The slogan, “Are You Better Off?” that decorates the front of the podiums along the campaign trail where Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan speak is a revelation. What that slogan reveals is an appeal to individual self-interest. What that slogan reveals is the calculation that a majority of Americans pledge their allegiance to the “bottom line.” Arguably Romney, Ryan and the Republican Party have pledged their allegiance not to country but to capital.

  • Poor Mitt Romney. I almost feel sorry for him. The poor guy is wandering somewhere in La La Land without a road map.

    For example, on the Good Morning America show Friday, September 14, 2012, Mitt stated that he promised to reduce taxes on middle income Americans.

    When asked by George Stephanopoulos how he defined middle income Americans, Romney replied that was anyone making $200,000 to $250,000 a year.