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Opinion

  • By Warren Hawthorne
    Guest columnist

    Since its opening in 2012, the Marion County Heritage Center has been growing new exhibits. The center now devotes two rooms to Don Johnson, a local trumpet player. It also houses the largest private collection of J.W. Pepper musical instruments. Recently, Friedemann Immer gifted Don Johnson his childhood trumpet, which is on display. Immer is a world-class baroque trumpet player. The heritage center also has a trumpet that is believed to be from the Royal Family of England.

  • Bailey Foxworth's piece, "Sports prepare me for the real world" in the Oct. 7 edition really resonated with me. Foxworth is absolutely right that sports teaches those life skills so necessary to get along in the real world, such as working as part of a team and time management. She was also quite correct in her assertion that not only sports teaches these skills, but also other extracurricular activities, such as band, student government, etc. Congratulations, Bailey, for an excellent piece.
    Harry Toder
    Springfield

     

  • For nearly a decade now, Kentucky has made significant progress when it comes to reducing the number of traffic fatalities in the state. Totals that topped 900 annually between 2002 and 2006 dropped to 638 in 2013, a number not seen since the late 1940s.
    That downward trend, unfortunately, has begun to move in the other direction. Last year’s total was 34 higher than 2013’s, and through the first week of this month, we’re 58 ahead of the same point 12 months ago.

  • By Greg Higdon

    Manufacturers in the Lincoln Trail region and across Kentucky offer abundant prospects for those with the right skills and training. Yet for today’s advanced manufacturers, it’s a challenge to find employees with the right technical and life skills.

  • By Carrie Bridgman

    Last week I took my friend B. to the Waterfront Wednesday concert in Louisville.  B. loves live music and has definite tastes: she likes jazz, blues, folk, easy listening and classic rock. She dislikes heavy metal, punk and New Age music.  She enjoys music with interesting rhythms. The folk rock band we saw last week, Vanderveer, met her standards perfectly. 

  • By Delena Trent
    Executive Director
    The Caring Place

    Women of domestic violence are 70 times most likely to be murdered in the few weeks after leaving their abusive partners than at any other time in the relationship. And the number of children exposed to domestic violence every year is 10 million.

  • I found myself teaching elementary-age students about civics and public service in Casey County this week as part of America’s Legislators Back to School Program.

  • Most Kentuckians know that the commonwealth plays a major role in the auto industry. In fact, only two states produce more cars and trucks than we do. But, far fewer are likely aware that our work in aerospace and aviation has overtaken it.
    Last year, that industry accounted for nearly $8 billion in exports, topping the $5.9 billion generated by our auto parts and assembly factories. Overall, about half of everything that Kentucky ships beyond our borders ultimately goes toward moving people and products over the ground and in the air.

  • By Cathy Wilson

    It’s no secret that women are underutilized in the manufacturing field. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women comprise nearly 50 percent of the total U.S. labor force, yet only account for 27 percent of all workers in manufacturing.

  • By Carrie Mook Bridgman

    It is officially fall. At least, it's not really summer any more. I won't believe in fall for sure until the day I put on a sweater in the morning and don't take it off by noon. I love fall, but I am sad that the entire summer has ended without two of my favorite summer traditions: a really good watermelon and a really good peach. 

  • By Daniel W. Phillips III, Ph.D.

  • Cooler weather is on its way, and I hope you and yours are enjoying the exciting and busy time of fall. Football, fall festivals, school and other activities are in full swing, and I imagine some weeks go by in what seems like a blink of an eye. But, this fall brings us another important event: the election of our next governor and our statewide constitutional officers. I encourage everyone to register and exercise your precious right to vote. The election is Nov. 3, so make plans to cast your vote.

  • Where is the parent’s rights at MCHS? Every year MCHS sends out booklets about school policy. When the parents ask to review certain issues, there response is, “Can’t do.” Now they have tapes in every room at school. So, when the parent asks to review the tapes you can’t because there are other students on the tape. You can blur the other students out on any tape.

  • When it comes to keeping us safe, it can be easy to take for granted those who protect us – until tragedy re-reminds us that their job can carry a steep price.
    That was very much on everyone’s mind last week, when House Speaker Greg Stumbo joined with the father of Kentucky State Police Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder – who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 13 – to pledge their support for actions that would help reduce the dangers frontline officers all too often face. It is a cause I support as well.

  • By Carrie Bridgman

    When you say the word, “we,” whom are you thinking of? It depends on the context, of course. Most of us spend our time with varied groups of people: family, fellow students/colleagues/participants in some program, people who are paid to serve us (doctors, mechanics, salespeople, etc.), and friends with whom we share interests. How many people in your life fit into each of those categories? 

  • In the Ham Days section last week, the Marion County Chamber of Commerce failed to list Citizens National Bank as a “silver sponsor” and B&D Pressure Washing as a “bronze sponsor.”

     

  • It may still be early in the school year, but some of the “report cards” the state uses to measure academic progress have already begun to arrive. In general, the news for Kentucky is good, although there is still much room for improvement. Perhaps the best example of that can be found in the growing number of high school students taking and passing Advanced Placement tests, which provide college credit if the score is high enough.

  • Hello, I must be going.
    I cannot stay,
    I came to say
    I must be going.
    I’m glad I came
    but just the same
    I must be going.

    - Groucho Marx as Captain Spaulding in “Animal Crackers”
    (Video here: https://goo.gl/aP2Ebd)

    In light of the questions I’ve been asked during the past week, I will confirm that this will be my final edition as a full-time contributor to The Lebanon Enterprise.

  • Kentucky has a treasured tradition in its unique fall festivals held across the commonwealth. With fall comes the pageantry and showcase of characteristics that make our different regions unique. These are also opportunities that communities use as homecomings for friends and family, who visit, as well as a chance to show tourists some of our local traditions and culture.

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