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Today's Opinions

  • Taken for a ride

    Perk (noun) - A benefit given to an employee in addition to a salary, for example, the use of a car or membership in a club.

    A "perk."

    That's how Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith initially described his use of a board-owned vehicle to make the 56-mile round trip drive from his home in Harrodsburg to Marion County and back each day for work.

    That "perk" also included filling the tank with the school district's gas at the bus garage.

  • Be smart, cautious

    H1N1, better known as the swine flu, is here. Here meaning North America, the United States, Kentucky. Eventually, it will get to Marion County.

    But depending on who gets infected, we may never really know.

    The bottom line for everyone is that swine flu is something to be aware of, and it's a good reminder of the common-sense precautions we can and should take to reduce the spread of disease, be it a strain of the flu or something else.

  • Healthcare CHOICE for all

    There certainly is a lot of debate in Congress as well as small town America about the challenge of reforming healthcare/health insurance in the United States today. An impression that I continue to find missed in the popular media is regarding individual choice by consumers and patients to control our own healthcare outcomes and costs. There is a division that seems to be forming in these discussions about the level of control by the government over these choices, which may impact our healthcare decisions.

  • Weird news lovers rejoice!

    One of my favorite things to do, if I'm not too busy at work, is to take a break and surf the Internet news sites, including online newspapers, for weird or interesting news stories. Many daily papers have a "weird news" or "offbeat" category that includes many of these types of stories.

    Well, last week, I found myself with a few minutes to spare and I decided to surf for little news nuggets of weirdness and man, I hit the jackpot!

  • Time to embrace my pale roots

    Sophomore year - Marion County High School's Valentine's Day dance - that's when it started. "It" being my obsession with being tan.

    I remember asking my mom if I could go to the tanning bed so that I could be tan in the little black number I bought for the dance. She hesitantly said yes, but tried to get one of her friends, Mary Lou Marrett, to talk me out of it. Mary Lou warned me of how bad it was for my skin, how it caused premature wrinkles and how it was highly addictive for some people.

  • Working to make our lives greener

    Earlier this summer, 18-24 year olds from throughout the Lincoln Trail Area Development District were invited to participate in the GEL-IN program.

    The program was designed to encourage young adults to think green and to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and leadership.

    The program ran from July 15-31, and Madison Beach, Brittany Taul, and sisters Dakara, Imari and Shatara Hazelwood were chosen to represent Marion County.

  • Preserving history, making new memories

    "To me, this is about preserving history and making it available to everyone." - Sergey Brin   The above quote is attributed to one of the co-founders of Google, Sergey Brin, a 35-year-old Russian-American computer scientist.   It seemed a little odd to us.

    When you think of the World Wide Web and the Internet you think of new technology. You think of the future - not the past.

  • Big premiere

    Summer is typically the time movie studios release their big multi-million dollar blockbusters on big screens all over the country.

    This Friday, July 31, for the first time in a decade, Marion Countians may have a chance to watch a movie on a big screen in Lebanon. It may not be a summer blockbuster ("Happy Feet" is scheduled to be shown), but the first "Cinema at the Square" should be a memorable event (weather-permitting, of course).