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Opinion

  • Marion County is blessed with so many incredibly talented children.
    Last week, I was fortunate enough to see many of them in action.

  • Around this time of year when local fire departments begin collecting money for the Crusade for Children, I’m reminded of how blessed I am to be here.
    The Crusade helped save my life when I was born.
    My twin sister and I were born five to six weeks premature, and soon after I was delivered I was having difficulty breathing. The “Baby Buggy” took my twin and me to Norton Children’s Hospital and the medical staff there saved my life.
    So, obviously, donating to the Crusade is a no-brainer for me.

  • By Terri Thomas

    Across the Lincoln Trail region, thousands of high school seniors are counting down the days to graduation and the next exciting chapter of their lives.
    Whether that next chapter is the start of a career or post-secondary education or training, the Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail (KCC-LT) wants new graduates to know about free services that can help them start strong.

  • Our community is full of really, really kind people.
    I’m reminded of that daily.
    Sometimes, it’s the small gestures of kindness I notice. Like the lady who works at the convenient store who gave me an unexpected but very much appreciated compliment recently while I was buying my cup of coffee. Or, the man who stopped me while I was walking down the sidewalk last week to share some positive feedback about something I wrote for the paper recently. Those small gestures of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s day.

  • By Jerisia Lamons

    Felony. It is often a strong word that brings to mind the most serious crimes, and for offenders re-entering society, that commonly equates to barriers in their post-incarceration job search.
    At Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail (KCC-LT), we work with all job seekers regardless of their background. In our work with job seekers with criminal records, we’re seeing two important things emerge in the job market.

  • By Lynne Robey
    Central Kentucky Community Action Council
    Executive director

    The Lebanon Enterprise published the Tri-County United Way allocations for 2017 in last week’s edition. These funds are generated through voluntary payroll deductions from the employees of local businesses.

  • Since spring has arrived, and wonderful motorcycle weather is here, I'd like to put out some reminders to help make motorcycling safe.
    Please do not go out and buy your teenager a crotch rocket (sport/racing bike) or any other kind of bike until he/she takes the Kentucky Motorcycle Rider Education Program. Without proper training, these bikes can be death machines.

  • Long nights, intense debate, and media attention from across the globe wrapped up what started as a quiet final week of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Minutes before the Senate gaveled out for good, Governor Matt Bevin called this session the most productive in history. It was truly an honor to work alongside the governor with the new House majority to pass many great initiatives for our commonwealth.

  • Some stories I write for the newspaper really stick with me.
    The story I wrote about Seth Martinez, which was in last week’s edition of the Enterprise, is one of those stories.
    After learning more about Seth and how he was abused, I was disgusted, angered and heartbroken. How someone could abuse a child is something I will never understand. As a parent, I understand that caring for children can be stressful and, at times, maddening. But, it is never okay to abuse a child. Never.

  • By State Rep. Brandon Reed

    The most significant legislative session in modern Kentucky history has officially come to an end. Although it was just a short, 30-day session, the General Assembly has accomplished more in 2017 than in any recent 60-day session.

  • By David Chavern

    It’s not breaking news that the media is not always popular. It is breaking news that even those who dislike the media are coming to the defense of the journalists and publications in light of recent attacks the Donald Trump administration has launched.

  • By Lisa Boone

    There’s no doubt entrepreneurship is essential to the Lincoln Trail region’s economy. Small business owners create jobs and increase opportunities for entire communities. That’s why I’m especially proud of the strong network of resources available to anyone in our region with a great idea for a product or service.

  • “Dear Dad.”
    When I was 13 years old, I wrote my dad a letter. It was one of several letters I wrote to him during my childhood. But, it was more than just a letter. It was a desperate plea.
    “Dad, please, I beg you, please stop drinking.”
    My dad was a good father. He was an amazing journalist and an incredible photographer. But, he was also an alcoholic.

  • Early mornings turned to late nights and spirited debate echoed through the House and Senate chambers as we closed in on the final days of the 2017 Legislative Session in Frankfort. A flurry of bills were sent to Governor Matt Bevin’s desk this week, highlighted by measures to empower our Kentucky teachers and create better learning environments for our Kentucky students.

  • By State Rep. Brandon Reed

    With a busy week of the regular session behind us, the legislature is heading into a 10-day veto recess to let Governor Bevin review the legislation passed by the General Assembly. We took action this week to give final passage to several measures to make Kentucky safer, support our first responders, and ease burdens on our local churches.

  • Social Security is with you through life’s journey, putting you in control of your finances and future. With this in mind, we have made getting a replacement Social Security Benefit Statement even easier. Now you can instantly print or save a replacement any time you want. That’s control!

  • Several weeks ago, two men, lifelong friends, were found dead in a cabin in the small community of St. Joe, in Marion County. They met weekly to visit and have a meal together.
    It appears that Phillip suffered a heart attack and his friend, Joe Boy, died also with heart failure, while trying to perform CPR to save his friend.
    When I was discussing this with my son, he said, “Wow, what an honorable way to die, trying to save your friend. He’s a silent hero.”

  • By Mary Cambron

    The skilled tradespeople working in today’s manufacturing sector have a lot going for them. They have interesting, innovation-driven careers that offer good pay, longevity and skills development that provides security as well as advancement opportunities.
    But here’s the issue: there are too few electricians, machinists, welders and others to meet the demand of the thriving manufacturing sector here in the Lincoln Trail region and across the country.

  • Editor’s note:  This editorial was originally published in The Kentucky Standard.

    Donald Trump plans to eliminate gun-free zones in our nation’s schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos thinks schools need guns to protect students from bears. Eight states now have provisions that allow the carrying of concealed weapons on public college and university campuses.