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Opinion

  • HB 463 has been criticized by many people in the corrections industry and in the law enforcement field because of certain provisions in that law. Thousands of prisoners have been released early from jails and prisons statewide, not because they had earned the time off, but because it would save the state money.

  • To better understand just how involved Kentucky is in transporting and exporting products across the country and around the world, consider the lobster.
    Most people normally wouldn’t associate the commonwealth with the crustacean, but they should, because for more than a decade now, we have been home to the world’s largest inland lobster tank. It’s a key stopping point between Nova Scotia and some of the United States’ finest restaurants.

  • An article in the June 12 edition incorrectly identified Patricia Pulliam as a physician’s assistant. She is a nurse practitioner.
     

  • Does anyone have a great grandmother or great aunt by the name of Gertrude who married Thedis Coppage Brown from Bradfordsville in the early 1900s? She and Brown had two children. They were living in Marion County in 1910.

  • I often read my hometown newspaper, The Moultrie (Ga.) Observer online and keep up with folks I've known for years. I'm also interested in what actions governmental bodies act upon.
    Recently, the council held second reading on a measure updating an ordinance aimed at public indecency, most notably, at people who wear sagging pants, exposing their underwear, and backsides, to the world.
    The old ordinance states in its entirety: “It shall be unlawful for any person within this city to commit any act of public indecency.”

  • As you may know, the interim is in full swing with committees continuing to meet to study new issues and to review the progress of newly enacted laws. These committees are made up of both Senate and House members and are known as Interim Joint Committees. I chair the Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committee and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation. I serve on nine other committees and task forces that tackle issues ranging from to energy to education to health and welfare to economic development and tourism, among others.

  • By Sen. Rand Paul

    When Americans expressed outrage last week over the seizure and surveillance of Verizon's client data by the National Security Agency, President Obama responded: "In the abstract, you can complain about Big Brother... but when you actually look at the details, I think we've struck the right balance."

  • I’m ashamed to admit this, but Friday night was the first Marion County Relay for Life event I’ve ever participated in. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve attended numerous Relay for Life events, but always from behind the lens of my camera. I’ve never actually been a part of the event, so to speak.

  • By Sister Claire McGowan, OP
    Guest columnist

    Some local citizens have heard about a proposed Bluegrass Pipeline to run through Nelson and 17 other Kentucky counties on its way from Pennsylvania and New York to the Gulf area. Some haven’t. Many are seeking more information. It might be helpful to lay out some of the issues from the perspective of community sustainability.

  • While it should surprise no one that agriculture is one of Kentucky’s biggest industries, we got a much clearer picture late last month of just how much of an impact it has on our economy.
    According to the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, the commonwealth’s farmers are the foundation for more than $46 billion in annual revenue.

  • The following fifth grade Glasscock Elementary students were inadvertently omitted from the all A’s and B’s honor roll: Jasmine Benningfield, Kristin Downs, Madison Davis, and Ryan Lee Hayes.

  • The Marion County Heritage Center and the Lebanon Tourism Commission have been especially supportive of Kentucky Baroque Trumpets desire to bring the Arts to Lebanon and Marion County. KBT hosted a concert with two of the finest baroque trumpeters in the world and many businesses and individuals really supported  this concert.  St. Augustine Church provided the venue for our concert and Center Square provided a location for the master class and rehearsal space.

  • In the story “Friends In Deed” in the June 5 edition, Tammy Thomas was incorrectly identified as Terry Thomas.
    In a cutline for a photo on page A14 of the June 5 edition, Erica Richardson was misidentified in a photo. The cutline incorrectly identified her as Zoe Blair.
     

  • The tragic loss of Officer Jason Ellis recently has left our community, the commonwealth and the nation grieving for this outstanding member of the Bardstown Police Department who was passionate about his work and the people he protected.
    As a seven-year member of the police force, Officer Ellis was well known to all of us. He was a dedicated public servant, a devoted family man, and a wonderful citizen. Without a doubt, the passing of this fine brave man is a profound loss for all of us.

  • Backyard chicken eggs are the best. Too bad our city council is too closed minded as to allow people to have a few chickens in their yard. The ordinance they adapted was hastily done, politically motivated, drafted without any consideration of responsible pet owners, as they refused to let us in on the "debate" while at the same time allowing the HSUS to draft the ordinance.  

  • A little more than 30 years ago, Kentucky was facing a difficult problem: Too many of our brightest students were looking elsewhere after graduating high school.
    Education leaders decided that something needed to be done to counteract that trend, so in the summer of 1983, on the campus of Centre College, they debuted the Governor’s Scholars Program, which gave 230 high school students from across the state an opportunity unlike anything they could have experienced at home.

  • “If you think a minute goes by really fast, you’ve never been on a treadmill.” -Unknown
    Unless, that is, your treadmill is on Main Street and Santa Claus is on the treadmill next to you.
    That was the scene Friday in front of the Marion County Heritage Center during The Lebanon Enterprise’s 2013 Main Street Treadmill Challenge.

  • At a recent Homeland Security meeting I heard about the “If you see something, say something” campaign. The initiative was created to encourage people to report suspicious activity in their community.

  • Impressed with Turtleman
    The day I met the Turtleman was absolutely the best day of my life. I’ll have to admit I was very skeptical at first. So many people I have met have let me down.
    But I can assure you he is the real deal. He reminds me so much of my dad, who died when he was 49. I have not found anyone I have fully trusted or loved so much since then. He loved the outdoors and was the best role model a kid could have.

  • By James Spragens, guest columnist