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Columns

  • Learning compassion from canines

    "Any society, any nation, is judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members -- the last, the least, the littlest." - Cardinal Roger Mahony

     

    The last...

    The least...

    The littlest...

    Our society is failing to protect our weakest members, and you don't have to look far to recognize that sad fact.

  • A lot of work remains for the state legislature

     

  • Jail all the dogs!

    With deepest apologies to Johnathan Swift, I have a modest proposal for the Marion County Animal Shelter and the Marion County Detention Center.
    Let's put some dogs in jail.
    Before you doubt my sincerity (which some of you might if you read my boss's column in last week's Enterprise accusing me - ME - of being sarcastic), hear me out.
    The Marion County Animal Shelter is overrun with dogs, and it's not something they can control.

  • Redistricting, budget talks part of busy week

  • Don't torture yourself ... that's my job

    By Linda Ireland

    While my husband Bud and I were attempting to find something decent to watch on television the other night - and it's a desert out there, I tell ya - I started thinking that it has been some years since I compiled a list of my favorite movie quotes.
    Although there are more interesting things to write about - I didn't.
    It is sad to say that there are few quotes worth adding since the last time I updated my list. And it's sad that two of my favorite quotes include the word "taters."
    So here goes:

  • Glasnost: a reason to celebrate with friends

    The dictionary states that glasnost, initiated in 1985 under Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, is the public policy within the Soviet Union of openly and frankly discussing economic and political realities.
    And that's what I recently experienced, but in our neck of the woods.
    Sunday night after church, my wife and I were invited to have dinner with a Ukrainian couple - the Oliynyks - in Campbellsville.
    Ukraine borders Russia to the southwest and is a part of the former Soviet block. It gained its independence in 1991.

  • Interested in the arts? Let us know about it

    By G. B. Dixon
    Kentucky Classic Theatre Director

    Is there genuine interest in and support for expanding the arts in Marion County? City and county leaders say yes. They say Lebanon is growing and that the arts are a natural, necessary part of all thriving communities. They believe that along with sports recreation, the arts help give constructive expression to youth's energy and open enriching activities for adults. They say. What do you say? We wish to know.

  • Drugs, budget and redistricting issues on Senate's agenda

    The second week of session saw several significant issues begin to be debated in committees. Drug abuse, weaknesses in child-protective services, and the state's debt level were all topics of discussion. The committee process is intended to inform the legislators of the pros and cons of each bill. Lively debate accompanied each piece of legislation.

  • House takes first step in redefining districts

    During the opening days of most legislative sessions in even-numbered years, the primary focus is getting bills moving through committee and readying for the governor's budget proposal.
    As many of you may know, however, this year is somewhat different, as the General Assembly is also taking on the once-in-a-decade task of redrawing the population boundaries for itself, the Kentucky Supreme Court and the state's six congressional seats. It's something all states do after each Census.

  • Dress for success and to impress

    Single ladies, listen up.
    I have some advice that is going to change your life.
    Thanks to my always helpful and never sarcastic news editor Stephen Lega, I recently had the pleasure of reading an insightful book, "The Woman's Dress For Success Book," written by John T. Molloy. It was published in 1977, two years before I was born.
    Stephen found the book at the Marion County Public Library. Since it was free, he got it for me. He's thoughtful like that. And, apparently, he was trying to give me a not-so-subtle hint about my work attire.