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Opinion

  •  Each election season, there is invariably a major issue or two that that becomes so distorted by the political process that it becomes almost unrecognizable. This year, the state’s road funding is at the top of the list. Many of you have received political mailings that the proposed House budget raised the fuel tax. Nothing could be further from the truth. 

  •  I would like to reach out to the voters in District 2 before the Nov. 4 election.  

    Angela Carter is an intelligent, dedicated teacher and leader who cares deeply for the education of all children and would serve our district best as a member of the school board. 

  • By Davette Swiney
    President/CEO of Central Kentucky Community Foundation

    Increasing the caliber of our community starts with a commitment to affecting the lives of individual citizens.

  • With recent rain showers and storms rolling through Kentucky as cool and warm weather mix, along with getting into the heart of football season and leaves turning and beginning to fall, autumn is officially here. Along with that, we are very close to an important election day as we go to the polls to choose our next U.S. Senator as well as many local and state officials who will shape policy over the next two to four years. Again, I want to encourage you to exercise your right to vote on Nov. 4 or call your clerk about voting via absentee ballot in the case you will be out of town.

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  • This month, I will begin visiting schools throughout the district as part of the America’s Legislators Back to School Program. My presentation includes teaching our form of government and explaining how our representative democracy works. The program is actually a nationwide event and is made available by the National Council of State Legislatures.

  • It's that time of year. The time when no matter where you go, you see it, even if you think it's too early to worry about.
    That's right, it's political season ... although sometimes I wonder if it ever ends.
    For many of us, politicking has been invading our mailboxes of late, too.
    Over the last few weeks and months, I've come home to multiple pieces telling me that: - - Mitch McConnell is great for Kentucky
    - McConnell is just another Washington insider

  • Born, raised in Kentucky
    To the people of Kentucky, I am proud to be a fifth or sixth generation Kentuckian. I'm proud to be bred, born and raised a Kentuckian. My father's family, the Perrys, have been in Stamping Ground since the 1790s. My mother's family, the Abrams, has been in Frankfort since the 1800s. I am a Kentuckian from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. So this is how I feel about the politicians.

  • By Jama Watts
    Guest columnist

    In the state of Kentucky, October is Archives Month, making it the perfect time to break out the shovels and dig up those ancestors! From 5- 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, the library is hosting a genealogy workshop with yours truly. 

  • The wars military men and women fight on America’s behalf are not always on the battlefield, or at least not what most of us envision when we hear the word “battlefield.” I was vividly reminded of that when I heard the news last week that more than 60 airmen and women from Kentucky’s Air National Guard were preparing to depart to Senegal. Their mission is to help establish a cargo-processing hub for Operation United Assistance, the international effort to battle Ebola in West Africa.

  • Switch to McDonalds and Grimes
    Burger King recently moved their national headquarters to Canada from the United States. Senator Mitch McConnell failed again to close tax loopholes for when corporations move out of the country.

  • Each fall, the National Census of Domestic Violence Services takes a real-time, 24-hour look at the true impact domestic violence has on our country.
    Nearly 90 percent of the United States’ care and prevention programs participate, including Kentucky’s. According to the survey’s latest findings, they provided shelter to more than 36,000 victims on Sept. 13, 2013, the latest year in which information is available, and another 30,000 received non-residential help ranging from counseling to legal advocacy.

  • By Keith Anderson
    Director of News, ECM Publishers

    There are hundreds of beautiful towns in the United States. And each of them has a claim to fame. Whether it’s the Fire Hydrant Capital of the world in Albertville, Alabama, the giant statue of Paul Bunyan welcoming visitors to Brainerd, Minnesota, or the giant ice cream sundae statue in LeMars, Iowa, every city has a desire to be known for something.

  • By Robert M. Williams, Jr.
    National Newspaper Association President

    What do you care most about in life?
    Most of us would put family at, or near, the top of such a list. Friends would be there. So would our jobs or businesses, our livelihoods. Our homes. Maybe our pets. Our hobbies and pastimes. Add in those around us: Neighbors, the community, etc.
    That’s our world, our “sphere of influence.” Whatever happens to those who inhabit that place in our hearts and lives means something to us.
    We monitor.

  •  It’s a tradition for this newspaper to write an editorial the week after Marion County Country Ham Days to praise the Chamber of Commerce and the countless volunteers that make the annual fall festival such a huge success.

    And, each year, it seems the festival continues to grow.

  •  School board an ‘embarrassment’

  • By Ruth Ann Fogle

    In June of this year I had the opportunity to attend a concert at Saint Augustine Catholic Church where I shared an experience I would have never dreamed possible in Lebanon.

  • By Mo Miller

    There is no doubt manufacturing is one of our most critical industry sectors. Last year, manufacturing supported one in six private-sector jobs in America, and it is our state’s top economic driver, representing 17 percent of Kentucky’s GDP.