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Columns

  • Don’t take Marion County for granted

    Last week I started doing something I should have done a long time ago.
    I finally started going through the archives of The Lebanon Enterprise, specifically the eight years my dad was editor/general manager here.
    Why in the world has it taken me so long to do this?

  • Reflecting on Memorial Day

    Memorial Day is significant in Kentucky in a variety of ways, such as marking the unofficial beginning of summer with schools nearing the end of the semester, vacationers descending in droves to our lakes and rivers, and warm weather and sunshine becoming the norm.
    Memorial Day is also a time that many use as a day to remember their loved ones who have died; taking flowers to graves of relatives, and maybe even traveling back to their hometown for reunions and visits.

  • Never let the memory of our fallen soldiers fade

    It may not be the official start of the season, but for most of us, the upcoming three-day weekend is when summer arrives.
    This time is about much more than that, of course. More importantly, it’s when our nation pays tribute to those who died defending our country.
    That list now has more than 1.2 million names, about half of which were added during the four years of the Civil War.

  • Take steps to protect children, pets inside hot cars

    By Kentucky New Era

    In the next few days the National Weather Service predicts temperatures will climb to at least 80 degrees. Western Kentuckians who are accustomed to brutal humidity and scorching hot days in the summer will enjoy an 80-degree day as a relatively mild and pleasant day.

  • Dear FERC, the nuns are watching

    The deadline to submit comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding the Tennessee Gas Pipeline is approaching quickly.
    May 18 is the last day FERC will be accepting comments related to a possible environmental assessment related to Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s plans to repurpose a portion of that natural gas line to carry natural gas liquids. The plan includes selling the repurposed lines to Utica Marcellus Texas Pipeline. Both Tennessee Gas and UMTP are subsidiaries of Kinder Morgan.

  • Tourism industry is crucial for state’s economy and way of life

    Next year, Kentucky’s tourism industry will mark a major milestone when Mammoth Cave celebrates the 200th anniversary of its first commercial tour.
    The world’s longest cave is our country’s second-oldest paid attraction, trailing only Niagara Falls, and it and the surrounding national park have since become a major destination. It draws more than two million visitors a year above ground, and about a fourth of those tour the sights below.

  • Kentucky National Guard Memorial to be dedicated May 25
  • Place matters in economic success

    By Edna Berger

    When I moved to Elizabethtown in the 1970s, I immediately felt connected to this community. I saw right away that this was a place with so much to offer, all driven by people who truly cared.
    I still recall when my child’s principal knew who I was and where I worked even though we had never met. I was blown away, but that’s just the sort of thing that turns a city into a quality community.

  • There’s always room for improvement

    When it comes to grading Kentucky’s public elementary and secondary schools, what ultimately counts most is whether our graduating students are truly ready for college and a career.
    Over the last several years, one of the state’s newest agencies – the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics – has been helping measure our progress in this area. Its work is more than just a survey; it’s an in-depth look at an entire graduating class.

  • Love and protect the skin you’re in

    By Elaine Helm