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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Letter: Community showed support for play

    On behalf of Kentucky Classic Theatre, I wish to show my appreciation to the people of Lebanon, Springfield and surrounding areas for their generous support of the melodrama "Lovely in Danger." It is not trite, nor insincere to admit that the show owed its success to this truly welcoming community and the help of many in it.

  • Opening the door

    In many ways, the Marion County Industrial Foundation is a mystery. For decades, a collection of local business leaders and public officials have met regularly to help design an economic development strategy for our community.
    Nevertheless, what the foundation does has been unclear to many of us. The foundation provides oversight over the Marion County Economic Development Office, but unlike the Lebanon City Council or the Marion County Fiscal Court, the industrial foundation is not considered a public agency, at least, not in the eyes of the law.

  • 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.

  • Corrections and Clarifications for Jan. 4

     In the Lebanon Elementary Stars photo in the Dec. 28, 2011 issue, TaLiya Spalding was not identified. She is in the front row, far right.    

  • Letter: Stand for freedom

    "Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the whole community, and not for the private interest or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government area perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all the other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right out to reform the old, or establish a new government."

  • 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.