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Opinion

  • Imagine getting up earlier on a beautiful day and going somewhere where everyone is excited and in a great mood. The atmosphere is uplifting, knowing you are about to do something fun that is also wonderful for your health. The sense of accomplishment that you will feel at the end is amazing! And anyone can do it!

  • Every legislative session, the General Assembly looks for ways it can improve the lives of our children, both in the classroom and when it comes to their safety.
    This year, the House and Senate passed several new laws that further both of these goals.
    One of the more widely publicized will establish a permanent, independent panel to review those cases in which a child either died or was severely injured as a result of abuse or neglect.

  • Kids like lettuce, too!

    Dear McDonalds,
    Hey, listen up!
    Why don’t you put lettuce on kids meals?
    It would go good with the cheeseburgers.
    You people have no respect for our health. Lettuce is VERY healthy.
    Put lettuce on them. You would probably get more money.
    PLEASE put lettuce on them.
    Write back! And I mean it.
    Your customer,
    Charlee Lawson
    Age 8
    Loretto

     

    Defend your rights

  • By Rand Paul

    U.S. Senator

    If I had planned to speak for 13 hours when I took the Senate floor to start my filibuster, I would’ve worn more comfortable shoes. I started the filibuster with the words, “I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA. I will speak until I can no longer speak” — and I meant it.

  • You should watch the movie “V for Vendetta” and consider the content.

    You should watch the dud, “The Next Three Days,” and memorize the important parts.

    Remember that surrender of your freedom and rights invites brutality or death.

    “The Islamic Al-Jazeera has Al Gore’s cable channel, Current TV, to have access to the U.S. media market. Gore has reportedly made $100 million from the $500 million deal.” – Accuracy in Media

  •  The Community Service Center, Inc. was created by local churches to minister to the needy of Marion County. The First Christian Church in Lebanon is generous enough to allow us to work out of their building.  We provide emergency help with food, clothing, rent, utilities and prescriptions. We are a strictly a volunteer group using funds and supplies donated by some of the area churches, civic organizations and other generous benefactors. 

  • The 30-day session of the General Assembly concluded at midnight March 26, after two long days of hard work and bipartisan collaboration to ensure the state’s most pressing issues were addressed. 

  • It took nearly a year of study, months of debate and several long nights to finalize, but the General Assembly achieved its biggest goal this legislative session when it enacted far-reaching reforms of Kentucky’s public retirement systems early last week.

  • Comments from the “military press”:
    1. Dangerous government – “The power of government is great and, therefore, exceptionally dangerous.”
    2. Priceless – “Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” – Henry Ford
    3. The Second Amendment – “The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try and take it.” – Thomas Jefferson

  • On March 13, on opinion page A6, an article entitled “Marketing Changes to Lebanon” it was stated rather than to promote Lebanon by name, the community was promoted with the phrase, “Bourbon, Coopers, and Moonshine Still.”
    I am one of eight sons born to Edna and Spencer Clark Sr..  I graduated from the former Lebanon High School with many fond memories of my school, church, and community.  However, I was completely astonished and disgusted by the article about my hometown.

  • On March 11, Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw issued a memo stating that city employees should no longer do any work on private property, acknowledging that city employees have assisted homeowners and business owners with minor matters in the past.
    “While these acts may have been performed with good intentions, they must not continue,” Crenshaw wrote.
    He added that going forward, the city would follow the letter of the law.

  • Each legislative session is invariably remembered for one or two high-profile laws, but there are always many others that, while not getting as much attention, are important as well.

  • “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

  • The Marion County Lady Knights have had quite a ride during the past four years.
    Four straight trips to the Sweet 16.
    Three trips to the final four.
    Two consecutive state finals appearances.
    And one perfect season, ending with the first girls basketball state championship in Marion County history.
    It’s hard to know where to begin in recounting this team’s success.
    They finished the season 39-0 becoming the first unbeaten Kentucky girls team since Marshall County in 1984.

  • The General Assembly is now recessed for a 10-day veto period and will return on March 25 for the final two days of the 2013 Session. While consensus hasn’t been reached on important bills dealing with the public employee pension reform, industrial hemp and military overseas absentee voting, the Senate is ready and willing to work on these unresolved issues.

  • Although several major issues are still pending, the General Assembly wrapped up much of its work early this past week, and for a “short” legislative session, there is a fairly long list of key bills that have made it to Governor Beshear’s desk.

  • The first St. Baldrick's Music/Food Fest fundraiser in Loretto on March 9 was a huge success. Our goal was to raise $2,000, but after the final tally it was more than $5,000. Wow, what a night of fun, food and fellowship for a very worthy cause. Of course there were numerous behind the scene volunteers that deserve recognition also. I kept hearing what a great job we did, but the truth is, we were just the tools that our Lord was using. We had an angel in heaven, Renee Donahue, watching over everything we did. I think she was proud of it.

  • The 2013 General Assembly Session is nearing its end with the Senate still working hard to ensure important bills and resolutions are being considered and passed. Last week, the Senate addressed issues related to education, victim protection, and drugs, among others.

  • One of the cardinal rules of every legislative session is that as the calendar gets shorter, the number of working hours each day invariably grows longer.
    Last week, the last full one on the General Assembly’s schedule, proved to be no different.
    It began on a high note, when on Tuesday Gov. Beshear signed into law legislation making some minor but needed changes to last year’s landmark ‘pill mill’ legislation, which has already played a major role in cutting back the illegal tide of prescription drugs that kills three Kentuckians a day.

  • Laura G. (Dolly) Brock and her late husband, Claude Alex Brock, were the longest, continuous, family-owned county newspaper publishers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 
    Dolly, 91, passed away at 5:05 p.m., March 4, 2013.