• 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.

  • The recent expansion and re-opening of the Bernheim’s Hike Bike Trail is something all Nelson Countains should be celebrating and utilizing.  

  • Now, at least, there can be no doubt about who is waging class warfare in this presidential campaign. Mitt Romney would pit the winners against the “victims,” the smug-and-rich against the down-on-their-luck, the wealthy tax avoiders against those too poor to owe income tax. He sees nearly half of all Americans as chumps who sit around waiting for a handout.

  • The best defense of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s instantly notorious “47 percent” remarks at a May fundraiser is that he made a bad point badly.

    Romney mixed up three separate groups: the roughly half the country that will inevitably support President Barack Obama, the half that doesn’t pay federal income taxes and the half that receives government benefits. Then he declared them all a collective lost cause. He will never win them over, or convince them to take responsibility for their lives. Next question.

  • Bardstown lost one of its best known residents last weekend after a battle with cancer. Daniel D. Bennett helped push Bardstown’s tourism industry to where it is today, but I knew him on a more personal level.

    In 2000, I had just moved to Bardstown to be the editor of The Kentucky Standard. It didn’t take long to get to know Dan.

    He was the head of Bardstown’s tourism office then, a tough job in a tourism-obsessed town. It didn’t take long to win me over, and we started dating.

  • Soon it will have been a month since I settled into my studio apartment in downtown Bardstown and I have yet to make some friendly relationships with people.

    Of course, I grow closer and closer to the people I work with every day and I’m very grateful to have them transition me from my life in Louisville to Bardstown.

    No offense colleagues, but there’s also a life outside work and it’s been a struggle meeting people my age.

  • It has been said that town characters give a community texture and color. If that is true Bardstown last week became several shades more bland with the passing of Dan Bennett. Bennett was known for his rapier wit and his ability to look at problem-solving with a unique perspective. His tenure as director of the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission was marked by some remarkable success stories but a few misfires as well.

  • Well folks it is that time of year again! The days are getting shorter, the nights and mornings are getting cooler, and Sunday afternoons are filled with little boys from all walks of life. Nike, Adidas, and Under Armored up for football!  I have never seen so many little boys in one place in all my life!  When I have gone to the field, I wish I was an owl, so my head could spin all the way around without injuring myself!

  • As you all can tell, we have a new staff of employees in our newsroom, as well as throughout the building. Change is imminent as you grow older, of course, and for the most part I can deal with that, but when it happens all at one time it can be overwhelming.

  • Taxes are a thorny subject, no matter what arena you play in, whether it’s the U.S. Congress all the way down to the smallest municipalities.

    However, they are part of the cost of doing business as a civilized society; a necessary evil, if you will.

  • The United Way of Nelson County fall campaign kicked off Thursday with a goal of raising $200,000 for the participating 21 local agencies requesting funds. While United Way Executive Director Kenny Fogle believes that campaign goal can be accomplished, the agencies’ needs are actually much greater.

  • To the editor:

    Just curious if anyone else in Bardstown wonders why gas in Bardstown is 15 to 20 cents higher in our community than it is in Louisville or Mount Washington. It has been this way for two — maybe three — weeks. I know Newcomb Oil Co. runs gas stations all over the state so they know what is going on in the market. I would think they might treat their “hometown” customers a little more fairly. Or, am I way off base?


    Chris Hart

    2180 Woodlawn Road, Bardstown

  • To the editor:

    It is a simple question. Why is the price of gasoline in Nelson County and Bardstown higher than any place else in the region?

    I have a daughter attending the University of Kentucky so I travel to Lexington. I am also retired military so I travel to Radcliff and Fort Knox. Because of being a veteran I travel to the VA Medical Center in Louisville, which normally takes me through Mt. Washington.

  • Obama is not unbeatable in 2012

    To the editor:

    Texas Governor Rick Perry is the only Republican running for president who has a great chance to send Barack Obama back to Illinois where he belongs.

  • President Obama’s first three years as president

    To the editor:

  • Give juniors the choice to attend the new high school

    To the editor:

  • Occasionally I clean out my column ideas folder and come across random notes and musings, sometimes written in the middle of the night, sometimes in the margin of a church bulletin during a song or sermon during a worship service.

    None of the ideas are big enough for a full-blown column, but they may be helpful to someone reading this. So, here are some random thoughts and miscellaneous musings:

  • Robert Augustine: City Columnist

    Bloated big government regulates, re-regulates, or taxes us out of prosperity and away from individual liberty.  Unfortunately, the vast majority of regulations never face review, repeal, or expiration.

  • Young people need to be surrounded by people who love, appreciate, and accept them.   They need to spend time in places where people care about them.  As a parent you are one of the child’s key asset builders and the most important.

    You can take your parenting to the next level by focusing on six key Support Assets: 

    Family Support, Positive Family Communication, Other Adult Relationships, Caring Neighborhood, Caring School Climate, and Parent Involvement in Schooling.