Today's Opinions

  • The human behind the camera lens

    Peering through my camera lens, listening to the unique sounds of a bagpipe, I bit my lip trying to hold back tears while David Ford's casket was being lowered into the ground Friday afternoon.   These emotions came as a surprise to me.

    Why were my eyes welling up with tears? I didn't know Ford or his family. I was there simply to cover the story, but I found myself grieving. I was grieving for Ford and, even more so, for his children.

  • Ice storm, ailing economy affecting everyone

    For two weeks, I've wanted to write a column about the ice storm in Marion County.

    I wanted to write about the many, many good deeds I've heard about during the storm. It's been inspiring to see and hear what people have done for their neighbors and for complete strangers. It's also been inspiring to see this community endure.

  • Debate over tax increases headline legislative action this week

    House members spent much of this, the second week of February, discussing the daunting task of how to address the $456 million budget shortfall that is adversely affecting our state and studying the merits of a revenue bill that has been proposed as the first step on a long road to economic recovery. 

    For more than two months, legislative leaders from both chambers have been meeting to find a solution to our state's dire financial situation and crafted this plan as a compromise that they feel lays the groundwork to help us regain our financial footing.

  • Proud to be a Marion Countian

    I write this on Sunday night, 13 days after the "Declaration of Emergency" was faxed to State Emergency Management Headquarters and another letter was expedited to the Governor, stating that Marion County was lacking the necessary resources to adequately address the unfolding crisis.

    My first thought is - thank you God - to date Marion County, still to my  knowledge, has not had an ice storm related fatality. All the people in Marion  County, with the good Lords' help, are responsible for this miracle.

  • General Assembly is back to business

    As we reconvened the February portion of the 2009 General Assembly, one of the first orders of business was to hear Governor Steve Beshear deliver his State of the Commonwealth Address.

    The Governor began by mentioning the devastating ice storm that left thousands of our citizens without electricity and sheer destruction in its wake. I extend my thanks to Governor Beshear for successfully gaining federal aid for our state.

  • Marion County citizens showed their best during ice storm

    As I sat in front of my fireplace Friday morning, I reflected on my blessings and the events of recent days. Due to power outages, my fireplace was my only source of light. I remembered a story of Abe Lincoln doing his homework by the fireside. I tried reading The Lebanon Enterprise by firelight; however, it didn't work too well for me.

    But on to more serious issues: The past week's events are historic in Marion County. Never in modern history has our community been more challenged. The weather-related hardships were countless.

  • Letters to the editor, Feb. 11

    Marrett is a good Samaritan

    We would like to publicly show our appreciation to Lebanon City Councilman Kenny Marrett for helping supply our home with heaters and propane during this state of emergency. Without his help, we would have had to endure the frigid weather without any means of heat but blankets. We also understand he was forwarding the heaters to the next family in need. He is definitely a kind and compassionate individual.

  • Letters to the editor, Feb. 4

    Marion County's youth stepped up during ice storm

    I would like to commend all the young men who volunteered their own trucks, saws and labor during our recent disaster. From everything I witnessed, we older people will leave Marion County in great hands and good hearts.

    Magistrate Jackie Wicker