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Columns

  • 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.

  • You are what you eat

    Today is National Eating Healthy Day.
    No, really, it’s true.
    Gov. Steve Beshear said so.
    So, put that bag of Halloween candy in the trash. Or, at least put it out of your sight for today.

  • Veterans will never be forgotten

    He may have been referring to the members of the Royal Air Force, but when British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,” he could easily have been talking about our own country’s veterans.
    They make up less than eight percent of the United States’ population, but it is no overstatement to say our lives would be very different without their countless contributions and sacrifices.

  • In defense of millennials

    By Hillary C. Wright
    Guest columnist

    With the latest crop of college graduates out pounding the pavement in their job search, you’ve probably heard the generalizations and seen the hesitation of many employers in the hiring of the millennial. This new generation has been identified by so many undesirable traits that it seems nearly impossible to overcome the reputation.

  • Kentucky workforce development among nation’s best

    Whenever corporate leaders scout for new locations to expand or re-locate their business, they consider such obvious things as infrastructure, government incentives, taxes and the cost to build.
    Above all else, though, they look at the quality of the local workforce, according to annual surveys done by Site Selection magazine, a national trade publication that tracks economic development.

  • Halloween handouts

    Halloween is tomorrow.
    Obviously, you don’t know who might show up, but I’ve got a few suggestions on what to hand out, depending on who comes knocking.
    - For members of Congress: Duct tape and bailing wire.
    I’m not sure who first said it, but I’ve been told more than once that you can fix anything with duct tape and bailing wire. By now, I would think the federal government has run out of band aids, considering how many they have used in the last few years.