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Editorials

  • Community bonds

    This week, we take a look back at the flood of 2010. By all accounts, it was the biggest flood anyone still living can remember.
    John Thomas, superintendent of Lebanon Water Works, recalls feelings of dread when he watched water enter the water plant in Calvary. If things had been a little worse, Marion County may not have had water service for weeks.
    In Bradfordsville, homes were overwhelmed by water. Fifteen houses had to be torn down, according to Mayor David Edelen.

  • Snow days pack reasons to be thankful

    Snow.
    So. Much. Snow.
    We’re not complaining (other areas of the country, such as Boston, have had it much worse). But, we’ve had our fill. At least most of us have.
    We would be remiss if we didn’t recognize and show our appreciation for the people in this community who have worked countless hours to make life as normal as possible with 12 to 14 inches of snow.

  • The year to come

    All too often we remember the bad news first, and there was plenty of that in 2014.
    Fatal car wrecks, a drowning, and cancer all took away loved ones from our community during the past year, and a fatal shooting marred the holiday season.
    The community certainly expressed its displeasure with decisions by school officials, although there was good news in education as well. Marion County Public Schools were named a proficient district, and the high school reported record-high ACT scores.

  • Guest editorial: How legislators divert student aid

    The Courier-Journal

    It’s a new year for Kentucky college students, bringing new pressure to pay for the fast-rising costs of higher education in this state.
    The first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA, that students attending or planning to attend college must complete in order to get federal and state financial aid for the coming academic year.

  • Guest editorial: Beyond smoke-free

    By Courier-Journal

    It looks as though the General Assembly might actually pass a statewide law to make public places smoke-free in Kentucky in 2015.
    The public supports it. And in a state with the nation's highest rate of smoking, that's significant.
    A January 2014 poll by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky found that 65 percent of the state's adults favor a state law to ban smoking indoors at public places such as government buildings, stores, restaurants and offices.

  • Arts for all

     Kentucky Classic Theater is an asset that we hope continues to grow, attract visitors to our community and improve the quality of life in Marion County.

    In order to do that, it needs more financial support.

    In the past few years, the local theater company has been managed basically by one person, Robin Humphress of Lebanon. Financially, it has been funded through local sponsors and Humphress’s persistence. 

  • Explicit: ‘Gun tourism’ is for adults

    By the Frankfort State Journal editorial staff

    Looking for an exotic vacation spot? Tired of trips to the beach, the mountains or an amusement park? Need a place where the family can go to let off a little steam, maybe some aggression, make some noise, mess up some stuff?

  • Home or away, part 2

    The Enterprise wrote an editorial Feb 23, 2011, arguing that the superintendent of Marion County Public Schools should live in Marion County. Last week’s 3-1 decision by the Marion County Board of Education to grant Superintendent Taylora Schlosser 18 more months to establish residency in Marion County has inspired us to reiterate our position.
    The superintendent should live in the district. It doesn’t matter if that superintendent is Hugh Spalding, Roger Marcum, Donald Smith, Chuck Hamilton or Schlosser.

  • Ready, steady, go

    The Marion County Public School System has big dreams.
    That was evident during the district’s strategic planning summit last week at Centre Square, where school staff, site-base decision making council members, local officials and community leaders discussed the future of Marion County.

  • Seeing the forest

    When is the last time you got together with thousands of people to do something?
    We don’t mean when were you in a crowd of thousands of people. Maybe you attended a sporting event, ran in a road race or visited a festival, but you — and the rest of the people — weren’t there to work together.
    Well, more than 3,500 people did get together Sunday at TG Kentucky and they did have the same purpose.
    They planted a forest.