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Columns

  • The benefits of buying local

    Buy local. I think we have all heard of, and are aware of, the movement that is taking place all over the U.S. People are developing a strong interest in supporting small local businesses that bring an individual spin on the retail experience and are tailored to their region.
    With Christmas ahead, many of you will be hosting many festivities and family dinners. I hope you will take advantage of the many products and services Kentucky owned businesses offer throughout the region and state, when planning for your events.

  • Holiday season should be about family, not fighting

    My parents, like millions of Americans, got up early to seek out some “Black Friday” deals. For the most part, people were able to get away from the stores unscathed.
    But not everyone did.
    Maybe it’s just because we live in a world with 24-hour news stations and social media outlets that allow anyone anywhere to report what is happening around them, but stories about violence between holiday shoppers seem to be a regular part of post-Thanksgiving reports.

  • Taking a look at education in Kentucky

    Our schools may still have a couple of weeks left before Christmas break and the end of the fall semester, but some of the latest “report cards” on Kentucky’s academic progress have already arrived.
    Perhaps the most well known of those came in early November, when the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) gave its latest breakdown of our fourth and eighth grade scores in reading and math.

  • Girls on the Run finish strong

    What do you like about yourself?
    Have you ever asked yourself that question?
    It’s not a question we ask ourselves very often, if ever.
    Usually, we focus on the things we don’t like, especially us girls.
    In fact, most of the time we are so focused on the things we don’t like that we lose sight of our positive qualities.
    And, believe it or not, we all have positive attributes.

  • Senator Higdon’s reflections on Thanksgiving

    Greetings from Frankfort. It is hard to believe that we are embarking on the end of November and heading quickly into the Christmas season. The year is flying by, and we will soon be into 2014!
    This month has seen a lot of activity here in Frankfort with interim committee meetings hearing various legislative agendas for the 2014 General Assembly. Next week is a welcome respite from this busy pace as we take a moment as a nation to be thankful for blessings, families and friends during Thanksgiving.

  • How Thanksgiving came to be

    If Benjamin Franklin had had his way, it’s possible that the centerpiece of most Thanksgiving meals this week would not be the turkey.
    While he did not actually recommend it replace the eagle as a symbol of our nation, he did, in a letter to his daughter, believe that the turkey’s qualities were more virtuous. He called it “a true original of America” and “a bird of courage.”

  • Newspaper publishes ‘meaningless’, ‘despicable’ column

    By Alan J. George

    I am struggling to understand why The Lebanon Enterprise chose to publish a guest column that served no purpose other than to allow an individual with an obvious agenda to string together several disjointed ramblings and baseless and unwarranted rants and personal attacks. I am referring, “of course” (to borrow her phrase - see below) to the Nov. 14 guest column from Donna Kapfhammer.

  • Aunt Nonie George was gracious and kind but never subservient

    By Kevin George

    I read the guest column by Donna Kapfhammer, ironically on the anniversary of my
    mother's 93rd birthday. My father, Dr. Eli George, was Hyleme's brother and my
    mother and Aunt Nonie were as close as sisters. I spent many summer days playing all day with my cousin, Hyleme, Jr. so I know a little about which I speak.
    And why is it significant that I refer to my mother. Anyone who knew Gloria George would know that she was never subservient to my father or anyone else for that matter.

  • The Enterprise welcomes opinions - we don’t pick and choose

    Last week, I received a phone call from an angry reader.
    It was my mom.
    If you ask her, she’ll probably tell you she wasn’t angry.
    But, she was.
    She was practically yelling at me. Of course, if you ask her, she was talking in a “normal” tone.
    But, she wasn’t.
    She was ticked.
    Why?
    Well, thankfully, it wasn’t anything I did or said.

  • Kentucky connections to presidential assassinations

    On Friday, our country will mark the 50th anniversary of one of its most tragic events: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
    Like the attack on Pearl Harbor before it and 9/11 after it, Nov. 22, 1963, is one of a handful of dates in history where those old enough to remember it will never forget where they were and what they were doing.