Today's Opinions

  • It’s worth the cost

    Marion County citizens have heard about the recallable nickel for more than a year. It’s clear that proponents and opponents of the “nickel” see this issue in markedly different ways. For opponents, the nickel is yet another tax on an already overtaxed population. For supporters, the nickel is an investment in local schools and an opportunity to make even greater strides to improve our educational system. No matter what side you are on, we hope when you go to the polls Nov. 4, you base your decision on facts, not fear.

  • Corporate citizen

    This past weekend TG Kentucky celebrated its 10th anniversary in Lebanon.  This is a milestone worth celebrating for any business of any size. It just happens that TG is also Marion County's largest employer with more than 900 employees, according to the company's website. TG marked its milestone in a variety of ways. Local and company officials planted a tree.

  • Letters to the Editor: Oct. 15

    Vote Palagi

    I am writing in support of Kate Palagi for Lebanon City Council. I’ve known Kate nearly six years and believe her professional experience, community involvement, and role as a mother of three make her an excellent candidate for city council. Kate is a true champion for Lebanon.

  • Making a big decision about the 'nickel'

    As a community we have a big decision to make, one that bears life changing consequences. Many citizens wanted to have a voice in the making of this decision therefore, a petition was signed. Now the nickel tax will go to vote. Yep, that's the American way. Either the nickel tax will pass or it won't. But either way there are consequences. Either we use the money of our own taxpayers to better the facilities where the future of Marion County receives their education or we keep our money to ourselves.

  • Letters to the Editor, Oct. 8

    Holliday was right about Morgan statue

  • Senate Bill 1 doesn't pass the test for our students

    Editor's note: The following is a condensed version of the testimony Calvary Elementary School teacher Tammy Parman gave in front of the Kentucky Senate earlier this month.


    Teachers know that what gets tested in school is what gets taught. Performance events and math portfolios are examples of this: they are gone. Writing portfolios were reduced from seven to four pieces, and now to three. These reductions made the teacher's job easier, but were they really best for the students?

  • Farm bill is needed

    While Congress and President Bush recently completed work on an economic stimulus package for America, farm interests have been pushing for another type of economic boost known as "the farm bill."   Sometimes mischaracterized as a subsidy program for large-scale corporate farms, the nation's farm policy actually goes a long way toward providing a sense of economic stability in rural communities.

  • A bad precedent

    By all accounts, Mackey Hagan has done a remarkable job as the health insurance agent for Marion County employees.

    During last week's fiscal court meeting, Magistrate John Arthur Elder III said several employees have praised Hagan's service. Marion County Judge-Executive John G. Mattingly added that he was not aware of any negative comments regarding insurance coverage this year.

    That's commendable, but there is something that happened last week at the fiscal court meeting that we find unsettling.