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Today's Opinions

  • Fun in the Rain

    Mother Nature may not have cooperated as well as the Lebanon-Marion County Chamber of Commerce would have liked her to this past weekend, but the soggy weather didn't dampen the spirits of those at the 2009 Marion County Country Ham Days festival. The rain poured down from the skies on Saturday, which made for a very wet day of activities, but the spirit that comes alive during Ham Days weekend was evident on the faces that were seen downtown.

  • I'm a ham, oh yes I am

    "Ham Daze." "Hamtastic." "Hambrella Days." And, my all-time favorite... "Burp!" Those are some of the fun, silly and ridiculous headlines and phrases that have been used in The Lebanon Enterprise over the years to describe this community's most beloved festival - Marion County Country Ham Days. "Burp!" has my father written all over it. It was the headline in the edition following Ham Days in 1981.

  • Bad medicine

    You've probably seen the ad on television. A teenage boy sitting in a cafeteria holds up pill after pill, explaining that they were prescribed for post-partum depression, sciatica, a hysterectomy, and a hip replacement. 

  • Count on it

    The U.S. Constitution requires the government to conduct a census once every 10 years. It's not exactly exciting, and in fact, it's quite tedious work.

    But it is important.

    Counting, or at least trying to count, all of the hundreds of millions of people living in the United States takes a monumental effort by thousands and thousands of people.

    Fortunately, we can help a little, and by doing so, we'll be helping our community at the same time.

  • Grandparents raising grandchildren

    Chances are each of us reading this article grew up with some interaction with a grandparent. The grandparents from our childhoods or memories probably are similar; we tend to know them as older or elderly, gentle but hard working, perhaps not in good health, maybe retired with leisure time, probably "spoilers", people you visited after church on Sunday or on special days.

  • Staying focused

    Last week, Sr. Kay Carlew, the chairwoman of the Marion County Board of Education, read a statement about a recent open meetings violation committed by members of that board.

  • Resolving an issue, moving forward

    Marion County Board of Education Chairwoman Sister Kay Carlew made the following statement at the board's Sept. 8 board meeting. Her statement was a response to the Enterprise's Aug. 19 editorial:

  • '9/11 truth'? Not quite

    The eighth anniversary of 9/11 has prompted some discredited conspiracy theories to be trotted out once again.