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Today's Opinions

  • A new view of the Dead Sea Scrolls

    While reflecting on the insignificance of the "Aqua Buddha", I came across a news item that offered a respite from the onslaught of campaign advertising. The Dead Sea Scrolls are getting the Google treatment (more on that later). The text and translations have been available for some time, but digitizing the scrolls and scroll fragments will allow more people access to what is inside. These scrolls were discovered in the 1940s quite by accident. A teenage Bedooin shepherd had gone up to some caves searching for a goat that had gone missing.

  • Getting along

    Marion County Country Ham Days has been a source of community pride for decades. This year was no different as tens of thousands of people arrived en masse in downtown Lebanon for another successful festival.

    The numbers reported during last week's follow-up meeting confirm, that overall, this year's event was another success.

  • 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.