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Today's Opinions

  • Picture perfect

    Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon was the place to be Saturday afternoon as nearly 600 children and adults participated in the annual Family Fitness and Safety Day sponsored by the Marion County Fitness and Nutrition Coalition.

    For more than two hours, the Enterprise was there taking photos and it seemed as if every single person had a smile on his or her face.

  • Reality Check

    Have you heard the latest one about President Barack Obama? It's not a joke, really. It's also, not really new, either. A small, but vocal group has been repeating it as long as it appeared Obama was on his way to becoming President. I'm referring to the claims being made by the so-called "birthers" who have managed to convince themselves that the President is not a "natural born citizen." It's a ridiculous claim. It's just as ridiculous as believing that 9/11 was an inside job orchestrated by the government. Both claims are disprovable.

  • Living 'Small Town Sexy'

    Growing up in a small town, I always dreamed of eventually moving to a big city and living the big city life. I had it all planned out. I was going to graduate from college and become a reporter at a daily newspaper in a metropolitan city, namely Nashville. I remember even telling people when I would come home to visit during college that my plans were to move to Nashville and work for The Tennessean. I had no desires or intentions to move back to Marion County. I was bored with my hometown. There was "nothing" here for me to come back to, or so I thought.

  • Naval vet has a passion for models

    Bela Smith is 86 years old, a Navy veteran and a model ship builder.

    Smith moved to Lebanon about 40 years ago, which is about the same time his interest in model building set sail, so to speak.

    Now, he didn't start building models when he moved here; he's just built a lot more of them since he's been a Kentucky resident.

    Smith is a veteran of both World War II and Korea. He completed his service with the rank of shipfitter third class.

    What is a shipfitter, you ask?

  • Taken for a ride

    Perk (noun) - A benefit given to an employee in addition to a salary, for example, the use of a car or membership in a club.

    A "perk."

    That's how Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith initially described his use of a board-owned vehicle to make the 56-mile round trip drive from his home in Harrodsburg to Marion County and back each day for work.

    That "perk" also included filling the tank with the school district's gas at the bus garage.

  • Be smart, cautious

    H1N1, better known as the swine flu, is here. Here meaning North America, the United States, Kentucky. Eventually, it will get to Marion County.

    But depending on who gets infected, we may never really know.

    The bottom line for everyone is that swine flu is something to be aware of, and it's a good reminder of the common-sense precautions we can and should take to reduce the spread of disease, be it a strain of the flu or something else.

  • Healthcare CHOICE for all

    There certainly is a lot of debate in Congress as well as small town America about the challenge of reforming healthcare/health insurance in the United States today. An impression that I continue to find missed in the popular media is regarding individual choice by consumers and patients to control our own healthcare outcomes and costs. There is a division that seems to be forming in these discussions about the level of control by the government over these choices, which may impact our healthcare decisions.

  • Weird news lovers rejoice!

    One of my favorite things to do, if I'm not too busy at work, is to take a break and surf the Internet news sites, including online newspapers, for weird or interesting news stories. Many daily papers have a "weird news" or "offbeat" category that includes many of these types of stories.

    Well, last week, I found myself with a few minutes to spare and I decided to surf for little news nuggets of weirdness and man, I hit the jackpot!