• Women part of solution to manufacturing skills gap

    By Cathy Wilson

    It’s no secret that women are underutilized in the manufacturing field. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women comprise nearly 50 percent of the total U.S. labor force, yet only account for 27 percent of all workers in manufacturing.

  • Don’t be silent about suicide

    By Daniel W. Phillips III, Ph.D.

  • Reducing the dangers frontline officers face

    When it comes to keeping us safe, it can be easy to take for granted those who protect us – until tragedy re-reminds us that their job can carry a steep price.
    That was very much on everyone’s mind last week, when House Speaker Greg Stumbo joined with the father of Kentucky State Police Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder – who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 13 – to pledge their support for actions that would help reduce the dangers frontline officers all too often face. It is a cause I support as well.

  • The real thing

    By Carrie Mook Bridgman

    It is officially fall. At least, it's not really summer any more. I won't believe in fall for sure until the day I put on a sweater in the morning and don't take it off by noon. I love fall, but I am sad that the entire summer has ended without two of my favorite summer traditions: a really good watermelon and a really good peach. 

  • Fall is proving to be busy in Frankfort

    Cooler weather is on its way, and I hope you and yours are enjoying the exciting and busy time of fall. Football, fall festivals, school and other activities are in full swing, and I imagine some weeks go by in what seems like a blink of an eye. But, this fall brings us another important event: the election of our next governor and our statewide constitutional officers. I encourage everyone to register and exercise your precious right to vote. The election is Nov. 3, so make plans to cast your vote.

  • Kentucky and its students are progressing

    It may still be early in the school year, but some of the “report cards” the state uses to measure academic progress have already begun to arrive. In general, the news for Kentucky is good, although there is still much room for improvement. Perhaps the best example of that can be found in the growing number of high school students taking and passing Advanced Placement tests, which provide college credit if the score is high enough.

  • Expanding “We”

    By Carrie Bridgman

    When you say the word, “we,” whom are you thinking of? It depends on the context, of course. Most of us spend our time with varied groups of people: family, fellow students/colleagues/participants in some program, people who are paid to serve us (doctors, mechanics, salespeople, etc.), and friends with whom we share interests. How many people in your life fit into each of those categories? 

  • Hello, I must be going

    Hello, I must be going.
    I cannot stay,
    I came to say
    I must be going.
    I’m glad I came
    but just the same
    I must be going.

    - Groucho Marx as Captain Spaulding in “Animal Crackers”
    (Video here: https://goo.gl/aP2Ebd)

    In light of the questions I’ve been asked during the past week, I will confirm that this will be my final edition as a full-time contributor to The Lebanon Enterprise.

  • Enjoy Kentucky’s upcoming fall festivals

    Kentucky has a treasured tradition in its unique fall festivals held across the commonwealth. With fall comes the pageantry and showcase of characteristics that make our different regions unique. These are also opportunities that communities use as homecomings for friends and family, who visit, as well as a chance to show tourists some of our local traditions and culture.

  • We should all celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 17

    It may not be celebrated as much as Independence Day, but Constitution Day is arguably just as important. While July 4 recognizes the birth of our nation, Sept. 17 commemorates the day we established the cornerstone of our government and secured our rights as citizens.
    In the 228 years since that journey began, the U.S. Constitution has become the oldest charter among the world’s major countries and still remains, at 4,400 words, the shortest.