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Opinion

  • By Harry VanWhy

    A couple of weeks ago my granddaughter Vanessa invited me to have lunch with her for book fair week at Glasscock Elementary School. I was very proud that she wanted me to visit her at her school (even though I knew the purpose was to buy her a new book from the book fair!) During my visit there however it became quite apparent to me how badly her school needed some repair and maintenance attention.

  • By Bill Adams, Ph.D

  • By Kurt and Amy Mattingly

    We are Marion County, born and raised. We are products of the Marion County schools and community. We moved away for a brief period to obtain degrees, then returned home to marry, work and raise a family. We believe in Marion County for our futures, for our schools, and for our children. Now it’s Marion County’s turn to believe in us.

  • By Joe F. Mattingly

    I was just going through the bills I’ve gotten last week that I put in a stack as the week goes and sit down on Thursday nights and write out some checks and get in the mail on Fridays. Believe me when I tell you I know what tight times are. I’ve been self-employed now for 40 years and have had to use some inventive money management techniques to get bills paid, make payrolls, and try to acquire additional properties of which I can use to finance my retirement at some point in time.  

  • By Tara Tatum

  • On Nov. 8, we have a chance to invest in the future of our greatest resource – our children and grandchildren – all youth of Marion County.
    Education pays in so many ways as it prepares our students for job opportunities and prosperity.
    Four good reasons to support the nickel tax are:
    1. It is earmarked only for facility improvement.
    2. It is matched dollar for dollar through the state government.
    3. It replaces the 4 percent tax increase allowed by law, thus reducing the net financial burden of the county’s taxpayers.

  • One of the first representatives I got to know when I was sworn in as a state representative in 2003 was Representative Jamie Comer. Jamie was the youngest member of the General Assembly and had established himself as a leader in the House of Representatives. I have been very thankful over the years that Jamie helped me in those early years of my newly elected position.

  • Memories of my past flash in front of my eyes every few seconds as I walk around my old house in Marion, Kentucky. The country home is surrounded by fields and woods where I spent most of my youth. So little has changed, yet everything is different.
    As groups of people carry out couches, tables and boxes, I can’t help but remember the day that groups of people (some of them the same individuals) were carrying those items into the house. That was 16 years ago, almost to the date.
    Everything is the same, yet everything is different.

  • The weather is cooling down and we are quickly approaching the holiday season with Halloween right around the corner. Along with attending all sorts of fall festivities and celebrations, children have begun carefully selecting their next costume for trick-or-treating. And while this should always be a family event, there are extra ways to keep your child safe.
    The American Academy of Pediatrics offers some great tips for safe Halloween fun:

  • By Terri Thomas

    The fifth annual national Manufacturing Day was Oct. 7, and manufacturing and the sector’s career opportunities were in the spotlight. Local communities across the country have designated a day, a week or the entire month as a time to recognize and promote the interesting, innovative and rewarding careers found in manufacturing facilities.

  • By LISA WILLIAMS BOONE

    Throughout the Lincoln Trail region, you’ll find strong connections to our nation’s military and a deep appreciation for the men and women who serve our country. At the same time, ours is a region that strongly supports entrepreneurship and small businesses. It’s no surprise that so many veterans have chosen to start businesses in Central Kentucky.

  • I didn’t have a thermometer, but the temperature under the blazing sun had to be more than 100 degrees. Looking to my left and right, all I could see was sand and dried bushes for miles and miles. The road behind and in front of me blurred in the distance, the type of blur you see when you look just inches above a roaring fire. This whole place felt like it was on fire. After all, we were stuck in the California desert.

  • By David Chavern
    President and CEO of News Media Alliance

    Imagine waking up in a world without newspapers.
    “Ha!” You say, “I haven’t gotten a newspaper in years.”
    But I’m not talking about just the paper delivered by carriers or the postal service. I’m talking about the news online, the links on social media, the email newsletter, the source cited in the television broadcast and the push notification on your phone. The word newspaper no longer reflects the media industry encompassed by the word.

  • By Layne Bruce
    Several years ago cyberspace was frenzied over many popular websites going dark for 24 hours to protest a federal bill meant to crack down on video piracy.
    The Stop Online Piracy Act – or SOPA – was a controversial and perhaps misguided effort championed by the Motion Picture Association of America to end illegal online sharing of copyrighted material, primarily movies and music.

  • By Gene Policinski

    WASHINGTON – The power of the press rests in the ability of journalists to hold government accountable, to mobilize public opinion on matters that are important to individuals, communities or the nation, and to provide necessary information of value.

    Notice in those words not a mention of celebrity content, mobile devices nor “aspirational” reportage that feels good without doing any good.

  • “It’s essential to keep an open mind, and to be willing – better yet, eager – to try new things.” - Michael Abrash

    Trying new things can be challenging, and darn near impossible for some people who dislike change. But, often times, it’s very much worth it.
    Such is the case with this year’s Marion County Country Ham Days Festival.

  • I wasn’t sure what to expect of my first Ham Days. It was one of the first things I heard about when I was hired in June (we even talked about it in my interview). I remember seeing the signs advertising it the first day I drove into Lebanon. I thought to myself, I wonder what Ham Days is?
    I soon found out that it was a festival (obviously), but I had no idea how much it was ingrained into the very fabric of this county’s culture. To an outsider, I thought, great, a festival about pigs. But I soon realized that it is so much more than that.

  • By G. B. Dixon

    On Saturday, I attended a performance of "The Pink Panther Strikes Again" at the Springfield Opera House and the answer is yes. Yes, you should go to see it when it returns this weekend. There. (Don't tell me I bury the lead!) Now, many things of importance in this newspaper ask for your attention, so if you choose to continue reading this article, be warned that the rest will only be entertaining.