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Opinion

  • Today is National Eating Healthy Day.
    No, really, it’s true.
    Gov. Steve Beshear said so.
    So, put that bag of Halloween candy in the trash. Or, at least put it out of your sight for today.

  • A business brief announcing that Steven Glover has started working at The Hair Company included the wrong phone number. The correct number is 270-692-6747.
    Recent stories about the Marion County boys soccer should have identified John May as the goalkeeper.
     

  • Remembering our children
    Every year across the United States and around the world, families must deal with the holiday season after the unthinkable has happened — the death of a precious child.

  • He may have been referring to the members of the Royal Air Force, but when British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,” he could easily have been talking about our own country’s veterans.
    They make up less than eight percent of the United States’ population, but it is no overstatement to say our lives would be very different without their countless contributions and sacrifices.

  • On Nov. 22, 1992, The Caring Place opened its doors to women and children who were abused by their loved ones. Since that time, 6,000 people from Marion, Taylor, Nelson, Washington, Adair, Jefferson, LaRue and other counties have received services from our shelter. From the beginning, the outpouring of generosity and commitment from this community had exceeded our wildest dreams. We received cards and letters of encouragement and recognition from city and county officials, schools, businesses and churches.

  • By Hillary C. Wright
    Guest columnist

    With the latest crop of college graduates out pounding the pavement in their job search, you’ve probably heard the generalizations and seen the hesitation of many employers in the hiring of the millennial. This new generation has been identified by so many undesirable traits that it seems nearly impossible to overcome the reputation.

  • A caption in the Oct. 16 edition incorrectly identified Lexy Cambron as Laura Ackermann in a photo of the Marion County Marching Knights.
    A quote in the article in the Oct. 23 edition about Lebanon Power and Apparatus should have read, "We get calls because we're Lebanon Power and people think we're the utility company," Debbie said.

  • Whenever corporate leaders scout for new locations to expand or re-locate their business, they consider such obvious things as infrastructure, government incentives, taxes and the cost to build.
    Above all else, though, they look at the quality of the local workforce, according to annual surveys done by Site Selection magazine, a national trade publication that tracks economic development.

  • Halloween is tomorrow.
    Obviously, you don’t know who might show up, but I’ve got a few suggestions on what to hand out, depending on who comes knocking.
    - For members of Congress: Duct tape and bailing wire.
    I’m not sure who first said it, but I’ve been told more than once that you can fix anything with duct tape and bailing wire. By now, I would think the federal government has run out of band aids, considering how many they have used in the last few years.

  • By Charlie Pearl
    Guest columnist

    The Tibetan Buddhist monks from Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in India are gone now, on to other U.S. cities to create world peace sand paintings.
    But those fortunate enough to have spent time with them on their seven-day visit to Lebanon won’t forget the experience.
    Their genuine kindness, gentleness, compassion and love for everybody is contagious. You feel the ripples of peace.

  • On a typical day across the country, our domestic violence programs help more than 64,000 victims, 1,100 of whom live right here in Kentucky.
    But lack of funds, space and personnel mean another 10,000 have to wait for the services they need, including almost 90 here in the commonwealth.

  • “If you are losing faith in human nature go out and watch a marathon.”

  • By Circuit Judge Roger Crittenden
    Chair of the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission

    Imagine facing serious, life-changing legal issues such as bankruptcy, foreclosure, domestic violence and wrongful eviction and not being able to afford an attorney.
    That’s the reality for thousands of low-income Kentuckians.

  • Men of courage and spirit traveled across the globe and visited Lebanon along the way. They brought with them gifts, merchandise and a message of peace. These men taught, learned and loved. 

    And while they may never return, they sure left something behind. 

    Of course, I’m talking about the monks from the Tashi Kyil Monastery, in India.

    I got to experience the monks and their lessons last week in a way different from most. 

    Through the lens. 

  • By Terry Geoghegan and Tom FitzGerald

    Landowners  contacted by the Bluegrass Pipeline Partners LLC, the Williams Company or one of their representatives about selling an easement for the construction of a 24-inch pressurized natural gas liquids pipeline across their property, rightfully have questions about whether granting such an easement is in their interest. 

  • The 9/11 terrorist attack on this country was diabolical and expensive. But far, far more costly than the 3,000 American lives and three buildings lost that day was the subsequent cost … 6,735 young American kids that died on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan (so far) and the trillion dollar-plus  that it cost to prosecute that war.   

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  • By Ryan Craig

    Editor, The Todd County Standard

    Despite the hubbub concerning the Affordable Care Act or Obama Care or (depending on your political leaning) the end of civilization or the beginning of a beautiful tomorrow, I look forward to trying to get different, cheaper insurance.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m kind of like Switzerland when it comes to the idea of a marketplace to shop for insurance.

  • From a historical perspective, it is not much of a stretch to say that some of the Western Hemisphere’s first farmers were Kentuckians.

    That’s because the Red River Gorge in Eastern Kentucky is just one of a few hotspots in North and South America where archeologists say modern agriculture took its first steps. Early bands of pre-historic settlers found its soil and climate ideal to domesticate such wild plants as the sunflower, whose seeds added both flavor and nutrition to their food.

  • The government shutdown is underway. 

    Well, the partial government shutdown is underway.

    The House and the Senate have not yet reached an agreement on a funding bill, and as a result “non-essential” government services have ended and employees have been furloughed. (Members of Congress are still being paid, however.)

    Locally, the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources and Soil Conservation offices are closed.