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Today's Opinions

  • Big premiere

    Summer is typically the time movie studios release their big multi-million dollar blockbusters on big screens all over the country.

    This Friday, July 31, for the first time in a decade, Marion Countians may have a chance to watch a movie on a big screen in Lebanon. It may not be a summer blockbuster ("Happy Feet" is scheduled to be shown), but the first "Cinema at the Square" should be a memorable event (weather-permitting, of course).

  • Getting the word out about underage drinking

    It was refreshing to see the guest column in the July 15 edition of The Lebanon Enterprise by Brooke Lee. She expressed very well what some students in our community are trying to accomplish to reduce underage drinking. Many people think the problem of underage drinking in Marion County is minimal or doesn't exist. But, talk to teenagers, they will tell you that it goes on all the time.

  • Health reform fears run amuck

    Years ago, when I still lived and worked in Iowa, I was on a plane from Chicago to Omaha when an older man who walked with a cane and severe limp took the seat next to mine.

    He was on his way back to British Columbia, and he still had to switch planes a few more times before he got home. As we talked, I couldn't help asking him about his health issues.

    When I asked him what he thought of Canadian health care system? He said he loved it.

  • Bad news

    This week's Lebanon Enterprise is depressing.

    Any time we have bad news to report, it's depressing, but it's rare that so much bad news happens all at once.

    During the last eight days, Marion County has experienced a murder/suicide, an attempted murder, the arrest of four firefighters (and reports from the Kentucky State Police that more arrests are possible) and a car accident that forced an emergency Caesarean section. More sadly, the baby, Raelyn Michelle "Skeeter" Gribbins, died the day after the accident.

  • Second reading on alcohol sales - just a formality

    I subscribe to The Lebanon Enterprise, which means I receive my copy in the mail late in the afternoon.

  • YAC raises awareness of alcohol issues

    YAC, or Youth Advisory Council, was started at the high school two years ago by students who felt there was a problem that needed to be addressed. We meet once a month in the morning before school starts.  Being an active member of this club since its beginning has impacted me greatly. We have made a lot of accomplishments that I had never dreamt of.  The purpose of this club is to raise awareness of underage drinking. Among the students at school, I'm in the minority of kids who don't drink.

  • 'A good man's gone', revisted

    "A good man's gone" That was the headline of my father's column on the opinion page in the April 8, 1981 edition of The Lebanon Enterprise. It was about his buddy, John Sheperson, who he referred to as "Shep," who had been working as a Kentucky State Trooper in Marion County for 11 years and had been promoted to sergeant, which meant he would be working in Morehead instead of Marion County. I was only a year old at the time, so I obviously didn't read this particular piece by my father, but a copy of the article was given t

  • Flying high again

    At a time when the economy isn't exactly stellar, it's nice when something gives a boost to the local economy. Three years ago, the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission recruited a model jet show to the Lebanon-Springfield Airport. The event has grown every year, and the 2009 Jets Over Kentucky show was the biggest one yet. More than 100 pilots (representing all 50 states and England) brought nearly 200 model planes and attracted thousands of visitors to the area during the showcase. The show itself expanded as well.