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Columns

  • New year, new political cycle

    The General Assembly has opened its 2012 session, which means state politics are going to be unavoidable for at least a few more months.
    Last Wednesday, State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and State Rep. Terry Mills took part in the Marion County Chamber of Commerce's legislative breakfast. They discussed some topics that have previously been reported in the Enterprise, such as legislation regarding pill mills, school bus advertising and redistricting.

  • The future has finally arrived

    If you're like me, you enjoy watching movies. I love to watch some of my favorites when there's nothing else on TV.
    My wife and I have passed this pleasure on to our son, who at 14 years old enjoys many movies that were made when he was very young, or even before he was born.

  • When patents go too far

    By Erin L. McCoy
    Landmark News Service

    Through the years, the U.S. Patent Office has approved some pretty odd inventions. A mustache guard may have been useful 100 years ago - and its heyday may be coming around again. The toothbrush bracelet and bunny-shaped syringe have a comprehensible, if dubious, logic behind them. Meanwhile, I'm flabbergasted why the robot lunchbox never caught on.

  • Legislative bills address drug problem

    As I have looked at the list of pre-filed bills awaiting lawmakers in Frankfort next month, I've noticed that several deal with trying to get a handle on the state's drug problem.

    And let me state at the outset of this missive that I support these bills.

    Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, is seeking passage of a bill that would regulate the so-called "pill-mills" or pain clinics that are popping up all over the state.

  • Let's take back the airwaves in 2012

    By Lisa Tolliver

     

    Today is the start of a new year and many of us will be making New Year's resolutions.

  • Five-year-old Fallon fan

    My 5-year-old son might quite possibly be Jimmy Fallon's youngest fan.

    For those of you who aren't familiar with Fallon, he is a 37-year-old actor, comedian, singer, musician and television host. He hosts Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, a late-night talk show that airs Monday through Friday on NBC. He was also a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998-2004, and he recently hosted SNL's Christmas episode. He's also appeared in several films.

  • State senator wants your opinion

    I hope this survey finds you and your family happy and healthy!

    In January, both houses of the General Assembly will meet for a 60-day legislative session.  My colleagues and I will be developing a two-year budget for state government as well as looking at other important issues, such as jobs and economic development, education, and Kentucky's roads and highway planning. 

  • Iowa may be first, but it's not the only state that counts

    By the time you read this, the results of the Iowa Caucus may already be known. The national media gives the caucus a lot of attention, mainly because it's the first official "vote" for President. 

    The caucus isn't the same as a primary, but still it's something. But what does it tell us? Looking back on the history of the event I can definitively say: I don't know. 

  • Simple wishes for Christmas

    By Joberta Wells
    Landmark News Service

    I used to say it was too late to go Christmas shopping if you were seeing Ronco products on television. Since Ronco seems to have disappeared I've decided the shopping cut-off date now is when you start seeing Chia articles. I've already seen Chia cat grass containers, Chia herb garden containers, and even a President Obama Chia. That's just not right! That is NOT a hoot.

  • How to become a friend of the library

    By Molly McMasters
    Guest Column

    As the 2011-12 Marion County Friends of the Library president, I would like to tell you a bit about our group. The FOL was established in 2005 to assist the Marion County Public Library in promoting reading, providing programs for our local community and raising funds to help pay for those programs.