• By Carrie Bridgman

    Since the terrorist attacks in Paris, our politicians are declaring that they don't want to accept any Syrian refugees. Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing ISIS and fleeing Bashar al Assad, who has repeatedly dropped chemical weapons on cities. Where do we expect them to go? "Home" is not an option.  European countries were struggling before the refugees arrived. Our economy isn't fabulous, but it's in better shape than the economies of much of the rest of the world, and we've got more room.

  • By Linda Ireland
    Guest columnist

    We welcomed a child into our family in May.
    Samuel Bedane (B’donny) is the fourth child of my daughter, Amanda Higginbotham and her husband, Adam. He has big brown eyes, just like his three sisters – but it’s due to chance, not heredity.
    Bedane – or “Nonny” as he likes to call himself - is adopted.
    I met my granddaughters very soon after they were born. I learned their personalities, their likes and dislikes - their hearts - as they grew.

  • This week, our family and friends will gather around the dinner table as they have for generations to celebrate a holiday that is nearing its 400th anniversary.
    As even some of our youngest students can tell us, what is widely considered to be America’s first Thanksgiving took place in 1621, when the Pilgrims and a tribe of Native Americans came together for a three-day feast to give thanks for a successful harvest.

  • By Patricia Krausman

    As the holiday shopping season gets underway, and as you rush about from store to store looking for the perfect gift for a friend or loved one, consider what shopping local means for our region’s economy.
    This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, a time when customers are encouraged to shop locally for their holiday gifts and purchases and to recognize the role small businesses play in keeping our communities prosperous.

  • I read with a great deal of interest Sen. Higdon's column, "Shop local is more than just a slogan" in the Nov. 18 edition of The Lebanon Enterprise. I agree with Sen. Higdon's basic sentiments about the importance of shopping locally. In addition, I feel it is in my best interest to do so.

  • By Carrie Bridgman

  • By Joshua C. Hicks

  • As Christmas draws near, Kentuckians are gearing up for the shopping season. Many shoppers plan their Thanksgiving weekend around Black Friday advertisements while others scope out the latest online deals for Cyber Monday.
    But there is another option – shop local.

  • In the late 1990s, the state rolled out a simple but effective campaign summarized by two words: “Education pays.”
    That popular slogan came on the heels of a landmark overhaul of our public postsecondary schools and the creation of such programs as KEES, the lottery-based college scholarships that high school students earn with good grades, and “Bucks for Brains,” which added hundreds of millions of state and private dollars to our university research budgets.

  • By Lisa Williams

    Entrepreneurship is the backbone of our business community, and as our region grows, it’s clear entrepreneurs will play a key role in creating jobs, bringing ideas to life and expanding our communities’ quality of life.
    Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 16-22, sets out to celebrate entrepreneurship - from the small retail business owner to those who have grown major industries – and to connect new entrepreneurs to the resources and information they need to take their next steps.

  • By Heather French Henry
    Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs

    They were untested. Young, green American troops. To the eyes of the British and
    French soldiers, worn out by four years of trench warfare, the Americans looked highly unlikely to hold the line against the Germans marching on Paris.

  • I’m impressed every time I walk into the Kentucky State Capitol to do the business of the people. Its marble hallways are full of memorials.
    A large bronze statue of former President Abraham Lincoln stands in the center of the Capitol rotunda. Portraits of state Supreme Court justices line the second-floor hallways. Porcelain miniatures of Kentucky’s first ladies grace the area just off the rotunda. And a bust of Colonel Harland Sanders even greets visitors entering from a side entrance.

  • Rise to the challenge – VOTE!
    It's the morning after the Kentucky state elections, and I am furious! Not at who won or who lost, but that three quarters of Kentuckians could not even bother themselves to get out and vote yesterday for who would lead our state for the next four years!  

  • While last week’s gubernatorial election marked the end of this year’s campaign season, it also kicked off the beginning of a transition period that has been guided by tradition and the state constitution for much of our history.
    Not quite 60 people have served as governor since Kentucky joined the United States in 1792. In the beginning, voters did not have a direct say. Instead, the decision was made by a group of electors, similar to our presidential elections today.

  • By Carter Dyson

    Awareness of the need for soft skills in the workplace has undoubtedly increased in recent years. Time and time again, we hear from employers seeking personal traits such as punctuality, strong work ethic and leadership ability. Often, soft skills take priority over hard skills, as employers are willing to train candidates who possess characteristics like loyalty, strong communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment. 

  • “Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already.” – Dave Willis

    Being criticized is a part of life.
    Depending on what you do for a living, you might be criticized often.
    And, let’s be honest, it stings.
    But, what is even more bothersome is when people are critical of others without any understanding of what it’s like to walk in the other person’s shoes.

  • By G.B. Dixon

    Retirement is a stubborn thing, jealously guarded by those who own it. So it was with no little coaxing that Kentucky Classic Theatre lured Lynn D. Farris away from his passion for it and back to the world of stage, to direct his first community play in 30 years. Ronald Reagan was president of the United States then. That was in the days of the Lebanon Community Theatre. Days turned to memories.

  • I can’t describe the emotion I felt when I learned of the state retirement system board’s decision to keep its current executive director, extend his contract for 30 months and award him a 25-percent raise – to $215,000 annually.

  • On Nov. 11, our nation will come together as it has for nearly a century to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed their time, talents and even their lives and limbs to preserve our freedom.
    Altogether, there have been more than 40 million men and women who have been part of the U.S. Armed Forces since the Continental Army was first established 240 years ago this past June. Tens of millions more have served, or still are serving, as members of the National Guard and the Reserves, both of which trace their history back even further.

  • What would you think if several miles of a 70-year-old natural gas pipeline in your county was converted to carry hazardous liquids? Industry giant Kinder Morgan plans to do just that. The hazardous liquids are highly explosive and pose a myriad of health and community safety risks, yet they are colorless and odorless, so you won’t know that you’ve driven into a vapor cloud until your car explodes.