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Today's Opinions

  • Local Memorial Day events honor freedom's defenders

    Memorial Day gatherings in Marion County have kept alive a tradition that began in 1868 when the holiday - originally known as "Decoration Day" - was first observed. We came together as communities, towns and families to place flowers and flags on the graves of those who gave their last full measure of devotion to our country. But we know our words and actions cannot match the power of the sacrifices made by so many. We honor them. We praise them.

  • A message to the Class of 2009

    "Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."   "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause/who at best knows in the end the tr

  • Living today for a better tomorrow

    The year was 1963. Young, charismatic John F. Kennedy was President, a group of shaggy-haired musicians called the Beatles were taking Britain by storm, and the Rolling Stones were trying to win over the hearts of teenage girls. The economy was booming; the cost of a first class postage stamp was four cents and a gallon of gas cost a whopping 30 cents a gallon!

    In 1963, with the average life expectancy of 69 years, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday.

  • Silver Lining

    Last summer, the announcement - by the governor, no less - that a $43-million chicken processing plant would bring hundreds of new jobs to Marion County was welcome news.

    And just as significant, it would have added some diversity to the county's industrial base.

    The prospect of a new plant opening in the foreseeable future was a reason to remain hopeful, even while the economy continued to decline locally and nationally.

    We expect that many people, including ourselves, are disappointed by the recent announcement that Rancho Poultry will not be coming.

  • Make physical activity part of your life

    For some people, "exercise" is a dirty word.

  • A day like no other

    We knew it would come up sooner or later, and we should have known that Bardstown would beat us to the punch.

    The Bardstown City Council recently approved the first reading of an ordinance allowing Sunday alcohol sales in grocery, liquor and convenience stores. It's no surprise that some local residents want Marion County to do the same.

  • Opportunities at hand

    In tough times, change is often necessary.

    And there is no question that economically things are still tough. When the economy is bad it affects everything and everyone, and that includes education.

    In response, the leadership team at Marion County High School is planning some changes.

    Unfortunately, we already know that there will be fewer teachers on the payroll next year, and that means the teachers who are left will be asked to do a little bit more.

  • Loretto is a place to reconnect

    The Loretto Motherhouse will be featured on Kentucky Life on KET1 May 16 at 8 p.m. and May 17 at 4:30 p.m. and on KET2 at 7 p.m. on May 17.