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Opinion

  • With the nomination and likely confirmation of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, President Trump will soon have a trusted adviser who can prepare him for his upcoming summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Pompeo’s first job is to make sure Trump understands one thing going into those talks: North Korea has no plans to give up its nuclear weapons at the negotiating table.

  • We’re at a watershed moment in American political history. Our Congress — I’m talking about the people’s body, the institution created by our founders, and not just the men and women who currently inhabit it — is in deep trouble. And no one seems to be offering hope.

  • When a Republican-led state House passes a record increase in the cigarette tax to avoid cuts to education and other programs, it’s a historic moment in Kentucky.

    But the measure probably wouldn’t do much to improve the health of this woefully unhealthy state, contrary to what some proponents said in a debate Thursday. And it remains to be seen what will happen to it in the Senate.

  • The powerful will always attempt to stay in power and will often use any means at their disposal.

    In Frankfort, one of those powerful interests is the electric utility sector, and the means are state lawmakers. This is what has played out over this General Assembly with the net metering law being pushed by utility companies that would severely damage — some experts say cripple — the rooftop solar industry in Kentucky.

  • To the editor,
    The Standard editorial board published a nice editorial back in December urging the developers and Woodlawn homeowners to work together to find a solution that would benefit Nelson County as a whole. Great advice, and the Woodlawn  homeowners association executive board took that advice to heart. After all, we have the most to lose.

  • We all know what “politics for profit” looks like. And then there’s “the politics of fear.” But can you imagine what “the politics of the common good” might look like?

  • Don Thrasher recently proposed an ordinance that would move Nelson County Fiscal Court meetings to 7 p.m. and require one meeting each quarter take place on a Saturday.

    The Fiscal Court currently meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 9 a.m. in the second-floor chambers of the Old Courthouse downtown.

  • Hi, and welcome to AP U.S. History!

    Per the president’s instructions, 150 trained ex-Marines and a tank will be sitting in with us this semester. Everyone say hi! And get cozy. There isn’t a lot of room here because we decided that, of all the possible ways we could have sought to ensure our children’s safety, this was literally the only approach we could try.

  • When the Republican-controlled Congress first approved its tax bill in December, most Democrats believed it would be a political loser for the GOP. Indeed, a New York Times poll found that just 37 percent of Americans approved of the plan. “To pass a bill of tax cuts and have it be so unpopular with the American people is an amazing achievement for the Republicans — it’s never been done before,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., crowed.

  • For many of us who have no allegiance to either major party, one of the more attractive features of the Republican Party was its stated aversion to deficit spending, which is useful in recessions but otherwise can cause inflation and saddle future generations with too much debt that crowds out worthy spending.

  • You’ve heard the same news I’ve heard in the aftermath of the Nikolas Cruz mass murders in Florida.

    Much of it seems so confusing, so contradictory. On the one hand, we learn that the warning signs were clear: the FBI had access to information that should have tipped them off so that they could have prevented this heinous act; the school should never have let this troubled student in the building; the young man should never have had access to a gun.

  • The time to address gun violence in our country is now. Every country in the world has people with mental illnesses. Every country in the world has violence. Only the United States has mass shootings at schools over and over again.

    The problem is guns. This is not a partisan issue; many Republicans favor stricter background checks and a ban on assault rifles. But Congress has failed time and again to protect our children, due in large part to very sizeable donations to their campaigns from the NRA.

  • To the editor,
    Over the past few months, I’ve read several opinion columnists criticizing tax reform.
    They say it is a handout for the wealthy. The truth is, every single tax bracket will receive a tax cut, and most will see more money in their paychecks this month.
    So far, businesses and corporations have been expanding, giving raises and handing out bonuses — directly citing tax reform. We will be repatriating hundreds of billions of off-shore dollars that we can invest in nation-building here at home.

  • When the Barton Distillery changed hands in the mid-1980s, Bardstown came close to losing a 50-year collection of bourbon memorabilia now housed at Spalding Hall and known as the Getz Museum of Whiskey History.

  • The Souper Bowl of Caring had humble beginnings, much like its big-game namesake on the football field, starting out as a small event but eventually growing over time into a grand occasion.

  • If only I still owned the first stock I ever bought: 100 shares of Apple common stock that I bought for $12 a share ($1,200) more than 30 years ago and sold less than a year later for $18 a share ($1,800), a very healthy $600 profit at that time in my life. I wonder what those 100 shares would be worth today with the increase in the stock price and all the stock splits?

    Apple stock has split four times since it started. Let’s get started calculating what could’ve been.

  • When my parents moved to Bardstown in the summer of 1973, they were welcomed with the sort of generosity that has made the community famous. Bardstown High School had hired my father to be the new math and physics teacher.

    Two weeks prior to the move, my parents had returned from a month-long pilgrimage to my father’s homeland. It was the first and only time he visited Iran since coming to the U.S. Just a few short months later, my older sister was born. For my parents, 1973 was a busy year.

  • The closest I’ve ever come to a gunfight are some pitched paint-ball battles with my college buddies during our annual retreat we’ve been doing for well over a decade.

    Those have taught me that even when paint balls start flying — which hurt badly but are not lethal — your body and mind react in ways they wouldn’t normally.

  • Details are emerging from the deadly shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and one fact is particularly alarming — the former student who committed the murders was inside the school only six minutes. During that time, he shot at least 25 people and killed 17.

    That is significant, because after the initial shock, anger and heartbreak over such a heinous act, our thoughts turn toward the question: How do we prevent this from happening again?

  • Putting guns in the hands of teachers is not the answer to enhancing school safety.

    The idea routinely pops up on social media comments following a mass shooting at a school such as what happened in Marshall County High School last month or Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday.

    People voicing their opinions on social media is one thing, though. It is a completely different issue for lawmakers to seriously consider allowing teachers to go armed.