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Opinion

  • The hustle and bustle of the winter holidays is well underway and the cool crispness of the autumn air is turning towards winter frost. Even as the weather changes and the holiday season comes upon us, we are still busy in Frankfort with interim joint committee meetings as well as planning for the 2017 session of the General Assembly.

  • I might not be married.
    I probably am. But Emily and I aren’t exactly sure.
    Don’t get me wrong, we said our vows before God and a crowd of witnesses. We sealed our promises with a kiss. The music played. People cheered. But a small discovery we made about three years ago might mean the two of us didn’t quite tie the knot as recognized by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
    Emily was the most beautiful bride I had ever seen. Neither one of us could keep the tears in as she walked down the aisle toward me.

  • Other than during a rare boil-water advisory, most of us don’t think twice when we turn on the faucet. We just expect clean and plentiful water to be there.
    For about 95 percent of Kentuckians, that’s exactly what we get each and every day from the 400-plus public and community water systems that serve the commonwealth. These systems meet or exceed health-based standards at an incredible rate of 99.73 percent.

  • By G.B. Dixon

  • Let's hope our fragile democracy can survive the election of Trump. I'm scared to death we will never fully recover from this.
    President-elect Trump is ignorant of even the most basic tenets of our Constitution, nor does he appear to understand how the three branches of government work as checks and balances.

  • I am pleased to share that two fundraisers put on by my family in support of Hosparus Green River raised a total of $20,000 for local hospice patients and families.
    In 2005, my brother Gerald Mattingly lost his battle with cancer. As a way to honor his memory and his life, my family and I decided to host a charity golf scramble to give back. The 10th annual Gerald Mattingly Golf Scramble was held last month at Lebanon Country Club, and I want to personally thank the 96 golfers who came out to support hospice care on a dreary October day.

  • After the hubbub of Halloween and Election Day, we often miss one very important day to this nation — Veterans Day on Nov. 11. We celebrate the lives of those who have given so much for our country and who are still giving so much. Veterans Day was formerly known as Armistice Day, so named because at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Armistice with Germany went into effect, ending the dominant hostilities of World War I.

  • When I got out of the car, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The ground was soft and muddy everywhere I stepped. I couldn’t help but notice the signs posted all over the property: We (heart) collies, or COLLIE CROSSING or simply a silhouette of the four-legged animal with a thick neck of hair and a long snout.
    I was there to buy a dog.

  • By Mo Miller

    Entrepreneurs are often and rightfully called the backbone of our economy. Most businesses in our region and across the county are small businesses, and they create nearly two of every three new jobs. As importantly, our communities’ entrepreneurs prove time and again that hard working, determined people can build a better life for themselves and their families.

  • “All forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”
    - Victor Hugo

  • When I graduated with a degree in journalism back in 2009, it wasn’t exactly my dream to be loading and unloading trucks full of Pepsi bottles and shelving them in coolers throughout Western Kentucky’s gas stations and grocery stores. The pay was terrible and the hours were long. It didn’t help that everyone I worked with was actively looking for a way out.
    I spent whatever free time I had sending resume-after-resume to just about any newspaper that was hiring. It didn’t matter how far away.

  • If you are a veteran, transitioning service member or military spouse and have an idea for a new product or service, get ready to pitch your business to the Sharks of the Heartland.

  • Change is inevitable.
    Change can be difficult.
    Change can also be a very good thing.
    But, there is a certain comfort in keeping things the same. It’s a paradox, really. Many are resistant to change, but change is the only way we can grow, the only way we can advance.
    And there is one inevitable truth: change happens whether we want it to or not.
    Take Marion County Public Schools, for instance.

  • By Harry VanWhy

    A couple of weeks ago my granddaughter Vanessa invited me to have lunch with her for book fair week at Glasscock Elementary School. I was very proud that she wanted me to visit her at her school (even though I knew the purpose was to buy her a new book from the book fair!) During my visit there however it became quite apparent to me how badly her school needed some repair and maintenance attention.

  • By Bill Adams, Ph.D

  • By Kurt and Amy Mattingly

    We are Marion County, born and raised. We are products of the Marion County schools and community. We moved away for a brief period to obtain degrees, then returned home to marry, work and raise a family. We believe in Marion County for our futures, for our schools, and for our children. Now it’s Marion County’s turn to believe in us.

  • By Joe F. Mattingly

    I was just going through the bills I’ve gotten last week that I put in a stack as the week goes and sit down on Thursday nights and write out some checks and get in the mail on Fridays. Believe me when I tell you I know what tight times are. I’ve been self-employed now for 40 years and have had to use some inventive money management techniques to get bills paid, make payrolls, and try to acquire additional properties of which I can use to finance my retirement at some point in time.  

  • By Tara Tatum

  • On Nov. 8, we have a chance to invest in the future of our greatest resource – our children and grandchildren – all youth of Marion County.
    Education pays in so many ways as it prepares our students for job opportunities and prosperity.
    Four good reasons to support the nickel tax are:
    1. It is earmarked only for facility improvement.
    2. It is matched dollar for dollar through the state government.
    3. It replaces the 4 percent tax increase allowed by law, thus reducing the net financial burden of the county’s taxpayers.