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Opinion

  • If you’re still looking for that perfect gift, or for an experience that puts a Kentucky spin on the season, the good news is that there is no shortage of opportunities even as time starts to draw short.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
    But, his real name is Harry VanWhy.
    And, he doesn’t live at the North Pole. He lives in Lebanon, Kentucky.
    His day job includes owning and managing a successful accounting and tax preparation business, but during this time of the year he spends virtually all of his time spreading cheer and happiness everywhere he goes.

  • By G.B. Dixon

  • About 16 years ago, as most states were deciding how best to spend their portion of a landmark settlement reached with the major tobacco companies, Kentucky took an innovative approach that is continuing to pay substantial dividends.
    Under that agreement, half of the annual payments are set aside for agriculture and the other half is split equally between early childhood development and healthcare programs.

  • By Jack Daniel Taylor

    Today’s workforce has seen a shift away from the standard job with fixed salary and paid holidays. For many reasons, more people than ever are choosing a freelance career. 

  • By G.B. Dixon

  • With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, the General Assembly is winding down what it calls the interim and is preparing for the 2016 legislative session, which will start on Jan. 5 and last for 60 working days.
    Although it is impossible to predict what ultimately will become law, we are getting a clearer idea of the major topics that will be debated.

  • 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
    Commissioner
    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!