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Columns

  • Big Brother is listening

    By Sen. Rand Paul

    When Americans expressed outrage last week over the seizure and surveillance of Verizon's client data by the National Security Agency, President Obama responded: "In the abstract, you can complain about Big Brother... but when you actually look at the details, I think we've struck the right balance."

  • Relay is a reality check

    I’m ashamed to admit this, but Friday night was the first Marion County Relay for Life event I’ve ever participated in. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve attended numerous Relay for Life events, but always from behind the lens of my camera. I’ve never actually been a part of the event, so to speak.

  • What’s wrong with a little pipeline through KY?

    By Sister Claire McGowan, OP
    Guest columnist

    Some local citizens have heard about a proposed Bluegrass Pipeline to run through Nelson and 17 other Kentucky counties on its way from Pennsylvania and New York to the Gulf area. Some haven’t. Many are seeking more information. It might be helpful to lay out some of the issues from the perspective of community sustainability.

  • Looking at agriculture and Kentucky’s economy

    While it should surprise no one that agriculture is one of Kentucky’s biggest industries, we got a much clearer picture late last month of just how much of an impact it has on our economy.
    According to the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, the commonwealth’s farmers are the foundation for more than $46 billion in annual revenue.

  • Remembering our fallen officers

    The tragic loss of Officer Jason Ellis recently has left our community, the commonwealth and the nation grieving for this outstanding member of the Bardstown Police Department who was passionate about his work and the people he protected.
    As a seven-year member of the police force, Officer Ellis was well known to all of us. He was a dedicated public servant, a devoted family man, and a wonderful citizen. Without a doubt, the passing of this fine brave man is a profound loss for all of us.

  • Governor’s Scholars are good for state

    A little more than 30 years ago, Kentucky was facing a difficult problem: Too many of our brightest students were looking elsewhere after graduating high school.
    Education leaders decided that something needed to be done to counteract that trend, so in the summer of 1983, on the campus of Centre College, they debuted the Governor’s Scholars Program, which gave 230 high school students from across the state an opportunity unlike anything they could have experienced at home.

  • Who run the world? Girls!

    “If you think a minute goes by really fast, you’ve never been on a treadmill.” -Unknown
    Unless, that is, your treadmill is on Main Street and Santa Claus is on the treadmill next to you.
    That was the scene Friday in front of the Marion County Heritage Center during The Lebanon Enterprise’s 2013 Main Street Treadmill Challenge.

  • Keeping our community safe and strong

    At a recent Homeland Security meeting I heard about the “If you see something, say something” campaign. The initiative was created to encourage people to report suspicious activity in their community.

  • City ordinance on fowl is foul

    By James Spragens, guest columnist

  • Celebrate academic achievements

    As we put another school year behind us – and as parents wait for the inevitable cries of “I’m bored” in the not-too-distant future – now is a good time to take a closer look at all of the good things going on academically.
    Over the long term, perhaps the best news came out of a 2012 Harvard study, which showed Kentucky tying for fifth among the states when measuring the gains our students have made over the last 20 years in math, reading and science.