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Opinion

  • As we transition from spring to summer, so many milestone events are taking place in the lives of our young people across Kentucky. I want to send out congratulations and best wishes to all our high school and higher education graduates. Kentucky has a bright future and it is in the hands of these capable young men and women, who are each beginning a new and important chapter in life.

  • Eighty years ago, historical preservation took a major step forward when the federal government began compiling a list of those irreplaceable landmarks that help define our country’s heritage.

  • Work on the Bluegrass Pipeline may have been suspended, but a court battle that started because of that project was updated last week.
    The Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld a Franklin Circuit Court ruling that eminent domain cannot be used to complete natural gas liquids pipelines under state law.

  • After weathering several tough budget cycles, the state is on track to end the current fiscal year next month with much better news to report.
    Two weeks ago, the Office of State Budget Director said that April’s general fund receipts – which drive the budget – brought in a little more than $1 billion, a high-water mark that had never happened in a single month before.

  • By Amber Mudd

    With graduation season upon us, many high school graduates are embarking on new territory – joining the workforce.
    The Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail has many no-cost services for those just starting out, but recent graduates also will look for guidance at home.

  • Last week I started doing something I should have done a long time ago.
    I finally started going through the archives of The Lebanon Enterprise, specifically the eight years my dad was editor/general manager here.
    Why in the world has it taken me so long to do this?

  • By Kentucky New Era

    In the next few days the National Weather Service predicts temperatures will climb to at least 80 degrees. Western Kentuckians who are accustomed to brutal humidity and scorching hot days in the summer will enjoy an 80-degree day as a relatively mild and pleasant day.

  • Memorial Day is significant in Kentucky in a variety of ways, such as marking the unofficial beginning of summer with schools nearing the end of the semester, vacationers descending in droves to our lakes and rivers, and warm weather and sunshine becoming the norm.
    Memorial Day is also a time that many use as a day to remember their loved ones who have died; taking flowers to graves of relatives, and maybe even traveling back to their hometown for reunions and visits.

  • It may not be the official start of the season, but for most of us, the upcoming three-day weekend is when summer arrives.
    This time is about much more than that, of course. More importantly, it’s when our nation pays tribute to those who died defending our country.
    That list now has more than 1.2 million names, about half of which were added during the four years of the Civil War.

  • The deadline to submit comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding the Tennessee Gas Pipeline is approaching quickly.
    May 18 is the last day FERC will be accepting comments related to a possible environmental assessment related to Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s plans to repurpose a portion of that natural gas line to carry natural gas liquids. The plan includes selling the repurposed lines to Utica Marcellus Texas Pipeline. Both Tennessee Gas and UMTP are subsidiaries of Kinder Morgan.

  • Support Grimes to continue good work for Kentucky
    There is an important election coming up on May 19. Please vote!
    I have been blessed to have been allowed to serve the good people of Marion County for a little over two terms as your judge/executive. In my years of government service, I have met, and served with a lot of political folks, but not a lot of them are true public servants. I can honestly say that Alison Grimes is one of those “servant leaders.” She puts the people first in everything she does.

  • Next year, Kentucky’s tourism industry will mark a major milestone when Mammoth Cave celebrates the 200th anniversary of its first commercial tour.
    The world’s longest cave is our country’s second-oldest paid attraction, trailing only Niagara Falls, and it and the surrounding national park have since become a major destination. It draws more than two million visitors a year above ground, and about a fourth of those tour the sights below.

  • By Edna Berger

    When I moved to Elizabethtown in the 1970s, I immediately felt connected to this community. I saw right away that this was a place with so much to offer, all driven by people who truly cared.
    I still recall when my child’s principal knew who I was and where I worked even though we had never met. I was blown away, but that’s just the sort of thing that turns a city into a quality community.

  • This week, we take a look back at the flood of 2010. By all accounts, it was the biggest flood anyone still living can remember.
    John Thomas, superintendent of Lebanon Water Works, recalls feelings of dread when he watched water enter the water plant in Calvary. If things had been a little worse, Marion County may not have had water service for weeks.
    In Bradfordsville, homes were overwhelmed by water. Fifteen houses had to be torn down, according to Mayor David Edelen.

  • Hal Heiner will move Kentucky forward
    Having been involved in politics for years and having worked on many campaigns and having previously served as the Hardin County GOP Chairman for over eight years and as GOP chairman of the old Second District for four years, I can tell you that only once have I changed my mind regarding which GOP candidate I would support. I have always liked Jamie Comer and I still do, but after meeting personally and speaking with Hal Heiner on three different occasions, I have changed my support from Comer to Heiner. 

  • When it comes to grading Kentucky’s public elementary and secondary schools, what ultimately counts most is whether our graduating students are truly ready for college and a career.
    Over the last several years, one of the state’s newest agencies – the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics – has been helping measure our progress in this area. Its work is more than just a survey; it’s an in-depth look at an entire graduating class.

  • In State Sen. Jimmy Higdon’s column last week, there was a mistake. The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Project docket number was incorrect. The letter “I” should be the number “1” in the docket number CP15-88-000. Without the exact docket number, one cannot comment online.
     

  • By Elaine Helm