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Today's Opinions

  • Get out and vote

    Nov. 2 is Election Day. Marion County voters will have a say in local, state and federal races. We encourage every eligible voter to go to the polls. If you don't know where you vote or to cast an absentee ballot, call the Marion County Clerk's Office at 692-2651. We've also had a few late additions. In the past few weeks, several write-in candidates have filed.

  • Making His Case for Dignity

    What were you doing when you were 11 years old?   Can you even remember back that far?

    When I was 11, I was boy crazy and insanely obsessed with New Kids on the Block. My biggest concern was what outfit I was going to wear to school or who I was going to sit by at lunch.

    I was too busy changing outfits to change the world. I was like most kids at that age - more concerned about myself than anything else. Typical, right?

    Not in the world of 11-year-old Noah Jones from Bowling Green.

  • Let's get moving

    For years, we've been hearing how families spend less time together now than they did in previous generations. We've also seen countless reports on the growing (no pun intended) obesity rates in the United States. Maybe now is the time to do something about it. Just ask long-time physical education teacher Danny Marks. He is living proof of how important regular exercise is. He's not only been a P.E.

  • Who wins in free speech versus privacy?

    The United States Supreme Court will soon listen to arguments that will test the very fabric and mettle of the First Amendment’s right of freedom of speech.

    The case stems from members of the Topeka, Kan. Westboro Baptist Church’s constitutional right to picket at military funerals.

  • Still fit to print

    Editor’s note: This week is National Newspaper Week. Since the 1940s, the Newspaper Association Managers group has sponsored National Newspaper Week. It’s a week-long celebration and recognition of the important role of newspapers in their communities. The theme is “Newspapers - the print and online connector for today’s communities.”

  • Heavy hearts hold your heads high

    Many people within the Marion County Public School system have had heavy hearts lately. It's been a tough school year so far. In August, Lebanon Elementary lost one of its beloved teachers, Betty Jo Higdon, after a long battle with cancer.

  • Looking for the 'It' factor

    When my brother, my sister and I were younger, we were told to read for at least one hour a day during the summer. While my mother was at work, somehow I was sure that she would know if I hadn't done my daily reading. Since I knew I was supposed to be reading anyway, I looked for things that would hold my attention.  But I also wanted a challenge.  The copy of "It" that I found in a local bookstore was more than 1,000 pages. When I picked it up, I thought it would fit the bill, and "It" certainly did.

  • A reason for unity

    Beka Hardin is hoping to make a change, starting here in Lebanon. Sunday, Oct. 3, she is holding the first of what she hopes is many spruce up days for what she is calling Unity4Peace. She plans to meet with like-minded individuals outside of Centre Square around 1 p.m. The premise is simple: people helping people.