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Opinion

  • The middle of the year is coming in a couple of weeks on July 2. It’s disappointing, really. I had dreams. Aspirations. But like so many who make New Year’s resolutions and soon forget them, I now regard myself a failure for having neglected the promises I made all those months ago.
    I was going to be a marathon runner. I was going to do 100 pushups without stopping. I was going to read a book every week. I was going to give up sugar for the entire year.

  • On Wednesday June 8, an article was published on Jalopnik, a daily automobile news and gossip site, titled "Horses Are Pointless."
    Naturally, this peaked my interest as a horse person, so I clicked and read.
    The author, who should have stuck to writing about cars, proceeds to "let you know what the experience is like, from someone who's been around the block a few times with the idiotic beasts."

  • I am writing as a citizen of Marion County and as a teacher.
    It is reasonable that facilities need to be adequate and in good repair for the schools to operate effectively. As a citizen I would like a little more detail about what is needed and who determined these needs and their cost.

  • As many of you know, there has been a highly debated proposal to convert a natural gas pipeline that runs through Marion County and five of Kentucky’s six congressional districts into a natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline. An article from last week’s Danville Advocate reported that several community members that oppose this pipeline conversion were writing letters to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) demanding a full environmental impact study of the Utica Marcellus Texas Pipeline Project.

  • It has often been said that the war against illegal drugs is an ever-changing battlefield. When we seem to be making headway on one front, another tragically opens up. Over the past dozen years, those “fronts” in Kentucky have ranged from meth and synthetic drugs to prescription pain medicine and heroin.
    According to the annual report the state’s Office of Drug Control Policy released last week, a new name has been added to that list: fentanyl.

  • On June 1, I proudly stood with Governor Matt Bevin as he announced additional funding for students participating in dual credit courses with the establishment of the new Kentucky Duel Credit Scholarship. Along with the Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner, Governor Bevin announced that $7.5 million will be allocated to school districts across the state for the 2016-17 academic year.
    Dual credit programs allow students to receive both high school and postsecondary academic credit for approved courses, at either a local high school or postsecondary institution.

  • I always smile when I hear the Johnny Cash song in which he claims to have been “everywhere, man.” Though I will never be able to spout off those famous lyrics like the man in black, I still find myself tapping my foot trying to pick out all the different places he lists where I’ve been. Truth is, it’s quite a few. I’ve even lived in some of them.

    “I’ve been everywhere, man.”

  • By Summer Intern McKenna Dosier

    It's no secret that this presidential race has been a hot topic, but one thing that has hardly been mentioned is agriculture.

    Agriculture has been a neglected industry, often being pushed to the back burner by "more important and popular" issues. But I ask, what could be more important than the industry that feeds the world?

  • On June 3, I excused myself from a family function, walked into my house alone and wept. Three days of fielding calls from the media and processing what it meant that St. Catharine College was closing caught up with me. I lie in bed for an hour, numb again, until my wife came home and found me. I sobbed, my body shaking.

    None of this is easy. St. Catharine College and its people have my heart. 

  • Site Selection is not a magazine most of us would keep on our coffee table, but for those in government and business who track economic development, this publication is one not to be missed.

    Fortunately, it has had a lot of good things to say about Kentucky in recent years, and over the past two, it has awarded us its annual Governor’s Cup for having more major job announcements than any other state on a per capita basis.

  • By G. B. Dixon

    "We are going to continue!"
    Such is the absolute resolution, the unequivocal promise, and the certain future of Mid-Kentucky Chorus as told to me by its spokesperson, Susan Spalding, on Sunday. Without hiccup, glitch, or gap the group will continue its traditional four-concert schedule, delighting us, as they have, in the fall, at Christmas, in winter, and spring with a wide selection of music. That schedule is now getting its finishing touches and should be out soon. Are you on the mailing list?

  • Integrity matters
    Last week I was in my car when I heard an announcement for a special-called school board meeting that was to begin shortly. Knowing the Marion County School Board’s pattern for special-called meetings at inopportune times, I decided to attend.
    At the meeting I spoke to Marvin and Mark Gardner, and local attorney Ted Lavit. Let me say that I do not mind being associated with these fine gentlemen and I commend their civic involvement, but to set the record straight, I had no knowledge of their interests in being there.

  • By McKenna Dosier
    Summer intern

    If you haven't heard about the incident at the Cincinnati Zoo over the holiday weekend, you probably live in the jungle with gorillas because it has been all over the internet.
    In case you haven't heard, I'll recap. A 4-year-old boy was visiting the zoo with his mother, who was also apparently watching several other children on the trip. The mother told the boy to hold on to her back pocket while she turned to take a photo.

  • By Erica Osborne

    It's a sadness. A death. A funeral. And sometimes you are angry and sometimes you cry. And sometimes you think you are OK, and then you see one of the Dominican Sisters crying and you start crying again.
    But before you can really wallow in the despair that you feel, the phone rings.
    "Miss Osborne, it's Jacob. I just heard the news. Are you sure the college is really going to close? What am I going to do now?"

  • The General Assembly may be at its busiest during the first several months of the year, when the House and Senate are focused on passing new laws, but the summer and fall months are important as well to the legislative process.

  • Well-reasoned, well-written
    I'm superintendent in Bullitt County and just read your editorial about the petition. I have no skin in that game, except that I believe your community really needs that facility funding, but I think that your editorial is exceptionally well-reasoned and well-written and I wanted you to know it.
    Keith Davis
    Bullitt County Superintendent
    Shepherdsville

    Make your community a better place for all

  • By McKenna Dosier
    Summer intern

    Moving to a new town is always scary. You have to meet new people and find new radio stations. Not to mention pack and unpack all your boxes in and out of your tiny car because, let's face it, everything is a necessity.
    Hello, my name is McKenna Dosier and I'm the new summer intern at The Lebanon Enterprise.
    I'm originally from Kenton County, Kentucky where I live with my father, Randy; mother, Jodi; younger brother, Caden and my dog, Denali.

  • By Jim Skees

    There is no doubt that an employee with the right skills has a direct effect on an employer’s bottom line.

  • More than 1,500 Marion Countians allegedly signed a petition protesting the recallable nickel recently, and their names and addresses were published in The Lebanon Enterprise last week.

  • As our 2016 graduates walk across the stage, I want to take a moment to congratulate them for their hard work and accomplishments.
    This year’s class is entering a world much different than the one I entered as I graduated high school. Technology has vastly changed the makeup of our workforce, and an uncertain economy often makes job hunting a difficult task.