• To the editor:

  • To the editor:

  • While I was interviewing a candidate for public office recently, he asked my opinion on a dispute between him and his opponent. I told him my opinion was basically that I didn’t have one, not only because, as a newspaper reporter, it is my job to remain neutral, but also because when it comes to drama, political or otherwise, I’m happy to keep my nose out of it.

    The melodrama that precedes any election is the main reason I’ll be glad when Nov. 2 has come and gone.

  • The Bardstown Foundation for Excellence in Public Education has been helping to fund innovative programs in the independent school system for more than two decades, but it is doubtful that anything approaching the potential of the e-reader project has ever been undertaken.

  • Don’t blame the lawyers. The crisis over faulty or fraudulent paperwork in mortgage foreclosures — which is either a big deal or a humongous deal, depending on which experts you believe — is the fault of arrogant, greedy lenders who played fast and loose with the basic property rights of homeowners.

    Banks and other lenders, it seems, made statements in courts of law that turned out not to be true. Because judges have such an underdeveloped sense of humor when it comes to prevarication, this mess may be with us for a while.

  • To the editor:

    Please join me in voting for Elaine A. Filiatreau for Nelson County Clerk. She has the experience to take over the position being vacated by Phyllis Mattingly’s retirement, and Phyllis has endorsed Elaine to step in and take over this important job. I know Elaine is honest and hard working as well as being the most capable candidate for the job. Please join me in voting for Elaine A. Filiatreau on Nov. 2.

    Bernadine C. Strange

    650 Ritchie Lane


  • We should have known about Juan Williams long ago. The signs of a simmering bigotry were always there. The political commentator wrote the book “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965.” He followed that up with an admiring biography of Thurgood Marshall. Then, more books on the African-American religious experience, historically black colleges and black farmers.

    If there was anyone clearly on the verge of exploding in a venomous rant against a minority group, it was Williams. And then, inevitably, it happened.

  • To the editor:

  • To the editor:

    Sykes Inc. opened its doors in October of 2009.

    With the election only two weeks away, NCEDA, Bardstown Chamber of Commerce, city officials, and county officials decide now to have a ribbon-cutting, grand opening ceremony for this company.

    While Nelson County is fortunate to have these jobs, I would think that this company would not like to be used in such a blatant political maneuver.

    Do the elected officials believe that the citizens of Nelson County can’t see through their political antics and hypocrisy?

  • We like what’s going on.

    When scores for the latest round of standardized testing came out for area students, the picture wasn’t so rosy.

    There were a few bright spots and as a whole the district showed a 4 percent improvement over 2009 numbers. But as a district, the Nelson County School System still fell behind the state average in math and reading. That is something the school officials want to fix.

  • To the editor:

    I am writing to address the issue of mosquito spraying. Do we really need one more toxic chemical in our air, water or soil that is being absorbed into the human body? Even if it does come to us “free” from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

  • To the editor:

  • To the editor:

    Bloomfield needs Rhonda D. Hagan for mayor.

    Rhonda will bring to the office honesty, diligence, dedication and fairness for all.

    With these attributes she will listen to all Bloomfield citizens and cooperate with the City Council in working to assure us of good government “of and by the people.”

    Please vote for Rhonda D. Hagan.

    Jane Cecil

    P.O. Box 24


  • Texas already looms large in its own imagination. Its elevated self-image didn’t need this: More than half of the net new jobs in the U.S. during the past 12 months were created in the Lone Star State.

  • A challenge to me through the decades has been the call to “hear both sides” of any issue.  

    A frustration to me has often come from knowing that a side I was trying to present was so seldom heard and the other side had the megaphone of radio, TV and print already almost all the time. However, the call is a valid one, especially from those who are very busy and have precious little time to research topics or read extensively.

  • I’ve been presented with an interesting dilemma of late. It came about when I was going through cluttered closets and stored-away totes looking for things to put in a yard sale. I found all manner of gently and not-so-gently used items to offer yard-sale enthusiasts, and they turned out in good number to buy them. But I also found several items with which I’m torn about what to do. I don’t want them, but they definitely were not appropriate for the yard sale. Or maybe I do want them, because they represent the goings-on in my head for several years.

  • To the editor:

    There are a lot of people running for office this November and all of us need to get out and cast our votes.

    Topping the list is a new Mayor who can make decisions and guide our City Council. One who will seek progress and make our City, a place we call home, an even better City in which to live. A person who cares about people and can interact with them.

    He will be responsible for our Police Force, Fire Department and the inner workings of City Hall.

  • To the editor:

    Well, it appears that it is the official position of Kentucky’s Democrat party that in order to be a viable candidate for office one must be a Bible-believing, born again Christian,  being that their nominee for the U.S. Senate continues to suggest that Rand Paul’s less than perfect Christian testimony during college makes him unfit for office. Civil libertarians in the state will no doubt condemn Conway’s preferential treatment toward Christianity ... I’ll be holding my breath waiting for that.

  • A presentation about a new instructional method for struggling math students at the Nelson County School Board meeting Tuesday struck a familiar chord. Foster Heights Elementary School math teacher, Mary Gagne, and four of her second- and third-grade students demonstrated an online program — Dreambox —  which Gagne has been using in her classes for two years.

  • To the editor:

    I am writing in support of John Royalty, who is a candidate for Mayor of Bardstown. I have known John for more than 13 years, on a professional and personal level. He is a successful business owner of Little Angels Day Care for more than 10 years, a military veteran and college graduate.