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Columns

  • 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.

  • Going down Marion County’s memory lane

    By Donna Kapfhammer

    I was horrified the day my husband came home for lunch and never returned to work as the editor of The Lebanon Enterprise. Incredibly, it took 36 years for me to realize that we left America’s marijuana capitol.
    When I was 24, I married and moved from Elizabethtown to Lebanon in 1977. My husband, Ron, was the new editor of The Lebanon Enterprise in Marion County.

  • If you like your plan, you can’t keep it

    By Senator Mitch McConnell

    For nearly five years, Kentuckians heard President Obama repeat one very familiar phrase: “If you like your current health care plan, you can keep it.” Kentuckians took the president at his word as he echoed this promise over and over again.

  • We all are responsible for keeping our roads safe

    One of the more persistent challenges facing our country is finding ways to reduce the number of people killed or injured in a traffic accident.
    In one sense, we have come a long way. Four decades ago, for example, the number of highway fatalities regularly topped 50,000 a year, but the figures for 2011 were the lowest the United States has seen since 1949, a testament to tougher laws, safer roads, more focused enforcement and better technology in the cars and trucks we drive.

  • Pipe Dreams III

    By Rick Arendt
    Guest Columnist

    Recently, The Kentucky Standard had a full-page color ad extolling the virtues (safe, reliable, American, and an opportunity for Kentucky) of the dream project of Williams and Boardwalk called the “Bluegrass Pipeline LLC”. They did not include the “LLC” in the ad. LLC stands for Limited Liability Corporation. This structure protects the assets of the parent companies (Williams and Boardwalk) from any troublesome lawsuits related to the project.