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Opinion

  • By Susan G. Zepeda, Ph.D.
    President/CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

    Kentucky students break for summer vacation, some look ahead to summer camp and family trips, while others wonder where their next good meal will come from.  School districts and nonprofits struggle to find ways to assure Kentucky’s lowest income families can offer their children nutritious food during the summer.

  • Did you know that Kentucky has the highest rate of lung cancer in the nation? As you can imagine, dealing with this deadly disease takes a toll on our citizens stricken with it, their families and the communities they live in. On a larger scale, it also has a large impact on our health costs and economy. Our high rates of smoking is a well known link to lung cancer, but another link to the disease is exposure to radon gas.

  • Back door politics led to MCPS mess

  • “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.”
    That was the motto for “Dory” an endearing fish on the movie “Finding Nemo.” It was also one of Missy Farmer-Spalding’s favorite adages. She thought of it often after being diagnosed with cancer in August of 2011. No matter how awful, how painful and how scary her battle was she just kept swimming, so to speak.

  • June begins the Interim Period, a time during which legislators meet with their respective committees and monitor any issues within our scope. We also hear testimony and are informed on noteworthy topics that may require us to take action in future legislation.
    I am the co-chairman of the Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee. What has my attention right now is the reports of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs hospitals in the U.S, and the long waiting lists our veterans are placed on to receive critical medical care.

  • Leaders must lead by example
    Wow, it’s unbelievable the turmoil and chaos that has been endured by the Board of Education employees and staff over the past year under Superintendent Schlosser. My sister, Pam Spalding, has made us proud of her accomplishments over the 18 years she was employed there under numerous superintendents.

  • By Matt Overing

    A kid named Robert bullied me in elementary school.
    Robert would always break my pencils. He’d laugh about it and just walk away.
    My dad told me to punch him. He said to sock him in the mouth and he’ll back off. He knew I’d get in trouble, but he wanted me to stand up to a bully without the help of a teacher or parent.
    I didn’t know it then, but my dad was teaching me to fight my own battles. He wasn’t going to be the one to call my teacher and complain that his child was being bullied.

  • If identity theft still seems like a relatively rare crime when compared to other types of stealing, the truth is that it plays a much bigger role than one might think.
    According to a report last December by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, it was responsible for nearly $25 billion in financial losses nationwide in 2012, which was $10 billion more than all other property crimes combined.

  • Like all the best comedians, George Carlin used comedy to point to bigger truths about our world. He could get deep, but he could also be silly.
    And sometimes he just talked about stuff.
    “That’s the whole meaning of life, isn’t it? Trying to find a place for your stuff,” Carlin said in one of his routines. “That’s all your house is. Your house is just a place for your stuff.”

  • As a member of the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB), I have taken part in discussions over the last several years, and advocated to allow students to complete internships and apprenticeships in local industry. Many plant managers I spoke with were happy to accommodate students in the workplace as long as they were 18 years of age, with few exceptions.

  • By Taylora Schlosser
    Marion County Superintendent

  • The 2014 primary election has come and gone, but Kentucky voters aren’t going to have much time to catch their collective breath.
    As much as they may want to find a place to hide, political ads are going to be hard to avoid between now and Nov. 4.
    Incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell, his opponent Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and a variety of outside political organizations are preparing to assault each other — and us — with a barrage of “information” for the next six months.

  • Community must speak out

  • By Matt Overing
    Summer intern

    Two wiggling butts greet me every day when I come home.
    They belong to my two dogs, Bailey and Addie. I wouldn't trade either for any material thing in the world, and I can't imagine my life without them.
    Losing a pet is impossibly difficult to deal with, but that shouldn't scare you from owning your own.
    I have lost two pets in my life. The first, Rosie, died when I was in high school. She was an outside dog and watched me play more basketball than anyone else in my life.

  • With memories of the long winter starting to fade and the Memorial Day weekend now behind us, the time has come to begin planning for summer.
    There certainly is no shortage of activities nearby or across the state, and their popularity can be seen in the bottom line. According to an annual study released earlier this month, Kentucky’s tourism and travel industry was responsible for $12.5 billion in direct and indirect spending in 2013, which was a 2.6 percent increase over 2012.  Overall, these businesses employ nearly 176,000 people.

  • Superintendent is willing to make the tough decisions
    As a member of the Marion County Board of Education, I feel compelled to respond to your editorial “Ready, Steady, Go” in the May 14 issue of your newspaper, which detailed the numerous suspensions and resignations of school personnel during the past year. The conclusion reached in your editorial was that these departures seem excessive, when compared to past years, and that something needs to be done about it.

  • The school board is wrong
    What is happening to our once great Marion County school district? It is crumbling before our very eyes. What is with all the people let go, resignations, moving of people to various positions, etc.? I worked in the school system as a teacher aide and office position for 15 years and never have I seen the likes of what is occurring.

  • Memorial Day may be the unofficial kick-off to summer, but as we ready for the upcoming holiday weekend, it is vital that we never forget it is much more than that. It is also a time when we as a nation pause to mourn and to reflect upon those men and women who paid the ultimate price defending our freedom.
    The holiday is nearing its 150th anniversary, and given that it came about in the wake of the Civil War, it seems appropriate that there is still some debate between the North and South about its exact origin.

  • A photo in last week's edition misidentified a student at Marion County High School who was participating in a texting while driving exercise. The student's name is Stephanie Farmer not Stephanie Spalding.
    In a business brief last week, the phone number for Crystal Magick Cosmic Source was inadvertently omitted. The number is 270-321-2938. The business brief also should have mentioned past life regressions.

  • The Marion County Public School System has big dreams.
    That was evident during the district’s strategic planning summit last week at Centre Square, where school staff, site-base decision making council members, local officials and community leaders discussed the future of Marion County.