Five random observations from the week that was

War memorial, Clark County Courthouse lawn.
Cheesecake & Co.
  1. Back in 2008, when gaso­line prices were soar­ing above $5 a gal­lon in parts of the coun­try, most of my Republican friends were say­ing that the pres­i­dent has very lit­tle, if any, pow­er to low­er prices.  They were, of course, cor­rect. Isn’t that still true today?
  2. Kudos to Warren Taylor of the Winchester Sun on a great op-ed in the week­end edi­tion about gun vio­lence, Will some­body please think of the chil­dren. Mr. Taylor seems to be a good reporter and a tal­ent­ed commentator.
  3. Speaking of the Sun, I was a bit tak­en aback by page A8 in the same issue. The entire page was lift­ed from oth­er papers owned by the Alabama com­pa­ny that also owns Winchester’s paper. The two arti­cles pro­mot­ed busi­ness­es in Nicholasville and Benham in far east­ern Kentucky. Now, I have noth­ing against pieces about inter­est­ing places to go out­side Clark County, but this seemed more like just fill­ing space. Surely there is more hap­pen­ing here in our town that could have been fea­tured on this page.
  4. While walk­ing around down­town on Friday and think­ing about Memorial Day, I decid­ed to snap a few quick pic­tures of the mon­u­ments to Clark County’s war memo­ri­als. And once again, I was remind­ed that still have noth­ing to memo­ri­al­ize those who served and those who gave their lives in ser­vice to our coun­try dur­ing World War II and the Korean War. Can we rec­ti­fy this, while we still have a few vet­er­ans of those wars around?  
  5. Also while I was down­town on Friday, I chanced to notice some activ­i­ty inside 39 South Main Street, so I poked my head in the door and asked the ladies inside if the new busi­ness com­ing to that loca­tion would be open­ing soon. I was intro­duced to Mikaela Bush, who will be the pro­pri­etor of Cheesecake & Company. Ms. Bush informed me that her spe­cial­ty bak­ery will be open­ing next Saturday, June 4. I’m look­ing for­ward to sam­pling her wares!

  • Pete Koutoulas

    Pete is an IT pro­fes­sion­al work­ing in Lexington. Formerly of Campton, he and his wife have lived in Winchester since 2015. Pete is a for­mer week­ly news­pa­per pub­lish­er and for­mer colum­nist for the Winchester Sun. These days, when not work­ing he can often be found on his back porch read­ing or writ­ing, in the back­yard tend­ing to his toma­to plants, or put­ter­ing around in his garage or work­shop. Reach Pete at