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Opinion

  • By Lisa Tolliver

     

    Today is the start of a new year and many of us will be making New Year's resolutions.

  •  In the Lebanon Elementary Stars photo in the Dec. 28, 2011 issue, TaLiya Spalding was not identified. She is in the front row, far right.    

  • "Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the whole community, and not for the private interest or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government area perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all the other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right out to reform the old, or establish a new government."

  • My 5-year-old son might quite possibly be Jimmy Fallon's youngest fan.

    For those of you who aren't familiar with Fallon, he is a 37-year-old actor, comedian, singer, musician and television host. He hosts Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, a late-night talk show that airs Monday through Friday on NBC. He was also a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998-2004, and he recently hosted SNL's Christmas episode. He's also appeared in several films.

  • I hope this survey finds you and your family happy and healthy!

    In January, both houses of the General Assembly will meet for a 60-day legislative session.  My colleagues and I will be developing a two-year budget for state government as well as looking at other important issues, such as jobs and economic development, education, and Kentucky's roads and highway planning. 

  • By the time you read this, the results of the Iowa Caucus may already be known. The national media gives the caucus a lot of attention, mainly because it's the first official "vote" for President. 

    The caucus isn't the same as a primary, but still it's something. But what does it tell us? Looking back on the history of the event I can definitively say: I don't know. 

  • Makayla Epps closed out 2011 in style. 

    She has already established herself as one of the premier athletes to come through Marion County High School, but she solidified her place in the school's athletic history by becoming the all-time leading scorer.

    Epps reached this milestone during the championship game of the Mercer Titan Christmas Clash on Dec. 30. The Lady Knights junior point guard surpassed Marlis Scott's record of 2,062 career points in the second quarter of the contest.

  • By Joberta Wells
    Landmark News Service

    I used to say it was too late to go Christmas shopping if you were seeing Ronco products on television. Since Ronco seems to have disappeared I've decided the shopping cut-off date now is when you start seeing Chia articles. I've already seen Chia cat grass containers, Chia herb garden containers, and even a President Obama Chia. That's just not right! That is NOT a hoot.

  • By Molly McMasters
    Guest Column

    As the 2011-12 Marion County Friends of the Library president, I would like to tell you a bit about our group. The FOL was established in 2005 to assist the Marion County Public Library in promoting reading, providing programs for our local community and raising funds to help pay for those programs.

  • The Cardinal Den was as busy as Santa's workshop Thursday evening, at least for a little while.
    Presents were being wrapped and sorted. Gifts for girls went to one table, gifts for boys to another. Chairs and tables were rearranged in anticipation of the arrival of children and a special guest, Santa Claus.
    The kids showed up first, trickling in one, two, three, four at a time with their parents and grandparents. How many children? We aren't sure. We lost count somewhere around 50.

  • By Gary Luce

    A couple of extra seconds while talking with the 911 dispatcher can really make the difference when trying to locate your dwelling or residence!

  • The Elf on the Shelf... If you haven't heard of this Christmas phenomenon yet, you soon will.
    Many of you already have an elf at your home. And, if you don't, well, there are some parents out there who would say you should consider yourself lucky. Apparently, there are some parents who don't particularly like having the "responsibility" of a little elf in their home.

  • Look in your medicine cabinet. Take a peek in your glove compartment. Glance at your kitchen counter.
    You may not realize it, but you could be looking at one of the biggest drug problems facing Marion County and Kentucky.
    When used carefully and correctly, prescription pills can go a long way toward treating a lot of medical issues. Unfortunately, it doesn't take much for a medical treatment to turn into chemical dependency.
    We still have other drugs in our community, but prescription pills have become the biggest concern for local law enforcement.

  • By Alicia Matthews

     

    Christmas is here, it's that time of year -

    Everyone is rushing, spreading good cheer!

    But far, far away in a land strange to most - 

    Our troops stand watch, at our Bases and Posts.

     

    Our children are excited to sit on Santa's lap -

  • If you haven't received a questionnaire from State Rep. Terry Mills, I suggest you give him a call. This is your chance to give him some input before the 2012 session of the General Assembly.

    That said, what you'll see below are my views on the issues on the questionnaire. I'm only one constituent, however, so I hope he'll hear from many more of you, too.

  • Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said that one of his top priorities, if re-elected, would be working to create jobs so that every Kentuckian who wants a job has one.

    Now that the election is over, another of Beshear's secondary goals - expanded gambling and gaming - has moved to the front burner.

  • I am writing to you about a letter I read in the paper two weeks ago. I was very disappointed to hear Anthony Epps wished he had never moved back here. Well, the truth is it made me mad. This community supported him for years. I looked up to him and I am older than he is. I know for a fact that The Lebanon Enterprise supported him, too. I just think he needs to put his problems in God's hands and not take it out on the community.

    Brenda Wren Murphy

    Lebanon    

  • By Lisa Tolliver

    When I was in school pizza was pizza. But in comparison Pluto was also a planet.

    Now, Congress has declared pizza a vegetable and Pluto is no longer a planet. It's crazy how things change.

  • You may be having trouble deciding what to get for a person or two or five or everyone on your Christmas gift list. If that's the case, never fear. I'm back with my holiday gift suggestions.

    Some of you may be waiting until the last minute hoping for inspiration. Well, I understand everyone can't be as on top of their gift-giving as I am. 

    (What? Have I bought all my gifts? No, not exactly, but I know what I'm getting everyone on my list. I think.)

  • State officials are often accused of trying to balance the budget on the backs of county governments.

    HB 463, which was approved earlier this year, may turn out to be the latest example of that.

    When Gov. Steve Beshear signed the bill into law, he touted the legislation as an effort to be tough and smart on crime. The bill was also promoted as a way to save the state $422 million over the next 10 years.