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Opinion

  • By the Kentucky League of Cities

  • A love for milk and tomatoes might have been Aileen Ferrell's secret to longevity.

    At least, that's what she told me when I interviewed her back in 2002.

    She was ONLY 95 years old at the time.

    I can vividly remember sitting in the kitchen of her huge, historic home on Main Street in Lebanon, and talking with her about her love for milk, vegetables (her favorite being tomatoes), dancing and being a mother.

    She was just delightful, and funny, too.

  • By the time you read this, the 2012 General Assembly will be one day away from concluding. We have completed 59 days of the 60 day session, the last day, April 12, is reserved for considering any Governor's vetoes, if any.

  • Kentucky has received a lot of attention in the past week.

    The hype surrounding the Final Four and Monday night's NCAA men's basketball championship game has focused a national spotlight on the Bluegrass State. While fans of the Cards and Cats certainly had plenty to cheer about, not everything reported has been positive news.

    First, a report about two fans getting in a fight at a dialysis clinic was either trumpeted in the national media as an example of the passion of local fans or something to laugh about.

  • Kentucky has already seen the destructive power of nature as storms and tornadoes have hit several communities across the Commonwealth this spring. There have been lives lost, whole communities devastated and families uprooted from their homes.

  • Industrial hemp hasn't been legal to grow in the United States for decades.
    Not that people haven't wanted to grow it, but right or wrong, hemp has been lumped in with its botanical cousin, marijuana, for a long time.

  • By Ken Begley
    Guest Columnist

    "Can't" never "did" nothing.
    - Unknown author

    . . . is just beginning.

  • In one key way, legislative sessions are a lot like March Madness: The intensity picks up as the number of days winds down. That makes this week, then, the General Assembly's version of the Final Four.

  • 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.