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Opinion

  • It was widely reported recently that companies that process ground beef for retail grocery stores add pink slime.
    Pink slime is basically beef trimmings that have been sprayed with ammonia to kill the e. coli and salmonella germs in the trimmings.
    ABC TV News showed people all upset because they weren't aware of what was being added to the meat.
    I really don't have a problem with these added beef trimmings. I've probably eaten it for years and thus far, I'm feeling just fine.

  • Someone once said, "Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree."

    I vaguely remember what being a teenager was like, only I had a twin sister to boot. Twin teenage daughters... My mom probably wondered what she did to deserve such torture.

    After all, teenagers can be a real pain.

  • Most legislation that the General Assembly passes each year falls in one of two categories: It either protects, or it promotes.

    That was especially evident this past week in the Kentucky House of Representatives, which voted for bills that range from further limiting abuse of our youngest and oldest citizens to helping more students in the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky get their four-year college degree.

  • For the last several years, the biggest challenge facing the General Assembly and Governor Steve Beshear has been keeping the state on track as it weathers the toughest worldwide recession in more than 70 years.

  • By Roger Mattingly
    Guest columnist

    I believe there is a lot of injustice going on here in Marion County. The injustice I'm speaking about pertains to the way that many employers are treating their employees in our work force. It's past and long overdue for someone to speak out about these types of issues.
    Employees deserve to be treated with respect, dignity, fairness and non-discrimination practices. They need to be treated like people instead of animals or robots. Employees need to be listened to, whenever they have a legitimate complaint.

  • As a Vietnam veteran, I must speak out condemning the recent civilian killings in Afghanistan by one of our U.S. soldiers in the heat of active battle with the enemy, civilians sometimes get injured or killed. That is an unfortunate cost of waging war.
    For anyone to seek out innocent civilians, in their homes, to kill is blatantly murder and should be dealt with accordingly. Sadly, our other soldiers will be targeted now out of retaliation for this crime. My prayers go out to all those families affected.
    Barney Tharp
    Lebanon

  • The Marion County Lady Knights have a lot to celebrate.
    They have completed the most successful run in the history of Marion County girls basketball. During the past three seasons, the Lady Knights have won back-to-back-to-back regional titles. They've made it to the final four of the Sweet Sixteen two years in a row.
    And this year, they became the first Lady Knights team to reach the state finals.
    Let that sink in for a moment.

  • I would like to commend Joy Mining Machinery for their recent dedication to their employees in the midst of the storms on Friday. March 2. Not only did they cancel second shift, but they also took the time and effort on Saturday to call employees to verify that they were OK.  

    This small action shows their true appreciation of their employees. Lebanon is lucky to have a company that still supports the value of what really makes up a company - the employees. May we keep all those affected by the storms in our prayers.

  • We spent much of two days last week watching radar, looking for up-to-the-minute weather reports and seeing what could be heading our way. We were spared any major damage, but we have seen how devastating the system was through national and state news reports.

    We also know about the generosity of Marion Countians. We witnessed it firsthand with the ice storm and the flooding that affected our community in recent years.

  • You probably won't be surprised to hear that the Kentucky Young Democrats talked politics over the weekend during their convention in Lebanon.

    But some people might be surprised that the Democratic Party is essentially conceding Kentucky as a lost cause already in the 2012 Presidential race. Even Keidra King, a field representative for Barack Obama's re-election campaign, said as much when she stopped by the convention on Saturday.

    That doesn't mean the Democrats are sitting out the 2012 election, however.

  • After a pause for President's Day, the legislature moved into the second half of the 2012 General Assembly Session. I had visits from groups representing adult day health care providers and developmental disabilities. Many Boy Scout troops came to Frankfort for the annual Boy Scout Day at the Capitol. It was a pleasure to see these civic-minded boys and young men and their dedicated troop leaders and parents.

  • So, we have an extra day today... what are you going to do with it?

    I have a suggestion for you.

    Take the leap to live longer and start exercising.

    Wait! Wait!

    Before you turn the page, hear me out.

  • Bringing back the Red Cross

    John G. Mattingly and the Marion County Fiscal Court recently approved funding to help the Red Cross purchase disaster relief supplies.

    With their foresight, the Red Cross is back in Marion County in a big way. Communities all over the world benefit from Red Cross services in their times of need, and with this commitment, Marion County will be better prepared for the next ice storm or big flood.

  • We have enjoyed the MCHS boys and girls basketball games this year and would like to point out a few really special people involved in each and every event.
    First, the coaches and players have had a great season.
    Volunteers show up for every game and do a remarkable job, and the MCHS administration and staff make sure the bases are covered for every game.
    The faithful fans deserve credit for showing up to enjoy every game, and the students encourage the players and give us all a lift.

  • The Community Service Center Board of Directors would like to express our sincere appreciation to all who have donated food or money in the past to help the needy of Marion County.

  • We have reached the half-way point of the 2012 General Assembly Session. There are daily committee meetings, policy briefings, visits from constituents, and meetings with various advocacy groups.

  • We have reached the half way mark of the 2012 session and I believe the House of Representatives has much to show for our 30 days in Frankfort.
    Since Jan. 3, we have been hard at work moving legislation through the committee process, working on budget issues within our subcommittees and meeting with constituents and stakeholders on issues of importance to Kentuckians.

  • Here's the good news.
    Marion County is in the 24th District of the Kentucky House of Representatives. We know this.
    Marion County voters know we will have a choice between the incumbent, Terry Mills, and challenger Bill Pickerill. The problem for the candidates is figuring out what other counties should be part of their campaigns.

  • If you support tourism in Lebanon, last week was a reason to celebrate.
    Not only did the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission welcome its new executive director, but the community was able to celebrate what could become our next tourist attraction.
    The tourist commission had a rough year in 2011 for more reasons than we care to list here, but 2012 has gotten off to a much better start.