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Today's Opinions

  • Bluegrass Saturday Night

    Like the last strum of a banjo, the sounds of the 2009 Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff linger in the minds of those who attended this year's festival.

    Those sounds include a return performance by the Hager's Mountain Boys, a North Carolina band that is quickly picking up fans in the heart of the Bluegrass State.

    Those sounds include Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, one of the best touring acts in bluegrass music today.

    And those sounds include hundreds of people from near and far cheering and applauding the performances they were treated to over the weekend.

  • You go girls

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  • Letter: Resolve to reform taxes

    I've got a great idea for a New Year's Resolution: Get healthy and increase household income by eliminating state taxes on "necessities" and taxing "non-necessities" instead.

    In 2007, my husband and I moved from Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minn., a to the Lebanon-area of Marion County. I love it here. But I think I know why Kentucky is so poor and so unhealthy: "regressive" and excessive tax policies on the necessities of life, and little to none on the "non-necessities".

  • 'Tis the season for mindless entertainment

    Warning: Ladies, if you haven't watched the two-hour special of The Bachelor on ABC, which aired Monday night, stop reading now! I would hate to ruin your DVR (commercial-free) experience. 

  • Beware the Jabberwock and the 'frumious' Nostradamus

    Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. - "Jabberwocky" By Lewis Carroll   In general, I respect the History Channel. Its series like "The Universe" provide a greater understanding of the world around us as well as everything around the world.   At the same time, other programming, e.g.

  • News we'd like to report in 2009

    On the front page of today's paper and on page A14, we take a look back at the year that was. It's impossible to know what will happen in 2009, so we're throwing away our crystal ball. Instead, we've decided to share some of the headlines we'd love to print in 2009.   Rancho Poultry, Fuel Total Systems ahead of schedule

    Since these two businesses should create hundreds of new jobs in the county, we look forward to the day when they put out the "now hiring" signs. The sooner this gets here, the better. 

  • How to have Christmas every day of the year

    This New Year I want to wish you a Merry Christmas! I have this strange belief that Christmas can be celebrated every day of the year. I realize Christmas 2008 is a fading memory, but before you place it in your scrapbook of holidays, take a moment to reflect on how you can enjoy the best of Christmas every day of the year. When Christmas is in your heart, you can pull it up and savor the finest aspects of Christmas anytime. But we have to get beyond the nastiness of Christmas memories to the true meaning of the event.

  • A funeral that shouldn't have happened

    The Marion County Honor Guard participated in its 95th funeral of 2008 Monday afternoon.

    It was also the 77th burial at the Lebanon National Cemetery this year.

    It's a funeral that shouldn't have happened, at least, not this soon. It's a funeral that was the direct result of a random act of senseless violence.

    William Scott Miller, 42, of Frankfort was buried Monday afternoon. He died after he was shot while driving on Interstate 635 in Dallas.