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Opinion

  • To the editor,

    In response to the rhetorical claims in Rep. Chad McCoy’s article, I have a few math nuggets.

  • Joe Zarantonello

    Community Columnist

    joe@looseleafhollow.com

    The Cold War started in 1947, a couple of years before I was born. By the time I was eight months old, the Cold War had turned hot in Korea. I’m 68 now, and I have lived with war my whole life. Hot or cold, but always, war. Seemingly endless war.

  • It always makes for interesting news in Bardstown when a downtown building changes hands. That was the case recently with the sale of the Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace’s business at 110 W. Flaget to one buyer who plans to reopen the nationally recognized bourbon bar, and the sale of the building itself, known as the circa 1814 Mary May House, to the Kentucky Owl LLC, which plans to make the brick Georgian house their downtown base of operations during construction of the new Kentucky Owl Distillery.

  • It is good to see the city of Bardstown moving forward with plans to bring some major improvements to the Community Park at the end of East Halstead Avenue,

    Restrooms are being built to replace the port-a-john that has been used for years at the site. Part of the dirt parking lot will be paved, and improvements will be made to the pavilion and basketball court. About $120,000 has been budgeted for the project with about half of that money earmarked for the restroom.

  • Jim Paxton

    Publisher, Paducah Sun

    paducahsun.com

    Kentucky’s Republican legislators proved Monday that they are nothing of the sort. Just like the Democrats they recently relegated to minority status, GOP lawmakers demonstrated they just can’t stop spending.

    We suspect this fatal misstep — and it will be fatal to Republican control of the Legislature come November — is driven by political cowardice.

  • The 2019 closing of the local American Greetings plant will be a life-altering event for many people.

    American Greetings has long been a member of the local employment base, and we are sad to see it go.

  • In the bourbon world, Jim Beam has long been the pacesetter.

    In recent weeks, the company filled its 15 millionth barrel, far and away the largest milestone mark in the industry. For comparison’s sake, Heaven Hill, the world’s second-largest bourbon producer, reached the 7 million mark in 2015, and is due for its 8 millionth barrel filled sometime this year.

    Jim Beam achieved its place in the bourbon hierarchy for a number of reasons, but perhaps chief among them has been its marketing prowess and its innovation.

  • As we draw closer to the end of the 2018 Regular Session, there has been no shortage of movement on significant bills in Frankfort this week. The Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee has spent several days and some late nights working on the Senate’s budget proposal, which we expect to go before the committee soon.

  • As always, it was a busy and eventful week in Frankfort. Although we had a short week with only four days of action, every day was fairly lengthy and the end result was a plethora of bills and resolutions passed, most of which are heading straight to the governor for final approval.

  • I can understand why you might wish to delete Facebook, especially given that the company responded to the news about Cambridge Analytica by saying, oh, no, the problem was not that someone had access to the data of 50 million people, most of whom had no idea that their information was being shared, that part was okay; the problem was they sold it.

    That is why I have this special offer: If you want to delete Facebook, but are worried that you will miss it, I am happy to become your personal Facebook and do everything that Facebook used to do.

  • As “60 Minutes” prepares to air its interview with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, conservative Christians are being accused of hypocrisy. How can so-called “values voters” continue to stand with President Trump despite revelations that he allegedly had affairs with a porn star and a Playboy model, and paid them for their silence?

  • How simple can it be?
    The right of the people to bear arms in order to form a militia is necessary to a free state. The representatives of the people shall not infringe upon this right.

  • I don’t claim to be an intellectual, as some of your community columnists might be, but I feel compelled to respond to the Viewpoints article “The Immigrant You Know,” written by David Shams and printed on Feb. 21, 2018, and some of the statements he made in that article.
    I am happy that Mr. Shams and his extended family have enjoyed their lives in the U.S. and especially Bardstown, since his relatives emigrated from Iran around 1973 and have now fully integrated into the Bardstown community, and I appreciate their contributions to the community.

  • There comes a time in young people’s lives when they realize their political awakening. Sometimes it is on an individual basis. Other times, it is part of a generational movement.

    For the boomers, it was Vietnam and the draft. For many of their children and grandchildren, the catalyst could well be gun violence.

  • With only little less than two weeks left in Lent, why not add a new twist to your Lenten experience before Easter?

    If Lent hasn’t been a part of your life, look at this as a two-week exercise in preparation for Easter.

    Try fasting from God.

    By definition, fasting is “abstaining from all or some sorts of food or drink, especially as a religious observance.” In recent years, that definition has been stretched to include not just food and/or drink but anything from TV to social media to sex.

  • Earlier this month, the White House announced that President Donald Trump would meet with reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Rightly, it was received with skeptical optimism.

    North Korea has been a vexing issue for more than six decades. The four previous administrations failed to address the Hermit Kingdom’s nuclear program allowing it to fester and become the nuisance we have today. A lack of will by diplomats from across the globe provided space and time for North Korea to advance this far.

  • We need change at our Nelson County Jail.
    I was an employee of the Nelson County Jail as second in command a few years ago. I left Nelson County to return to my previous employer, Hardin County Jail due to how our facility is run.
    The facility has mold issues, low staff, improper training — just to name a few of the issues. This is all attributed to our current jailer. She belittles and treats the staff badly. Inmates are given more respect than the deputies.

  • During the month of April, you may see a gaily spinning blue pinwheel in someone’s yard or office, in front of the Old Courthouse or on the table of a restaurant. That toy reminds us of the innocent joyfulness of childhood play.

    But what these pinwheels stand for is the loss of innocence of the 33,417 documented and substantiated cases of abused and neglected children involved in the court system in Kentucky last year.

  • A family’s mission has come full circle with the recent announcement that Rick McKay will take over as the first CEO of Guthrie Opportunity Center. McKay’s mother, Nancy Guthrie McKay, was one of the founding members of the organization — along with Virginia Denn — in 1974.

  • A good case can be made that the seed that eventually established Bardstown as one of the most beautiful small towns in America was planted 50 years ago by Mayor Gus Wilson and his City Council when they approved an ordinance establishing a historic district.

    Through the years, the overlay map district has been expanded, refined, subjected to legal challenge and has seen some aspects of its enforcement moved to different agencies, but the overall focus has remained the same.