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Opinion

  • If identity theft still seems like a relatively rare crime when compared to other types of stealing, the truth is that it plays a much bigger role than one might think.
    According to a report last December by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, it was responsible for nearly $25 billion in financial losses nationwide in 2012, which was $10 billion more than all other property crimes combined.

  • Like all the best comedians, George Carlin used comedy to point to bigger truths about our world. He could get deep, but he could also be silly.
    And sometimes he just talked about stuff.
    “That’s the whole meaning of life, isn’t it? Trying to find a place for your stuff,” Carlin said in one of his routines. “That’s all your house is. Your house is just a place for your stuff.”

  • As a member of the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB), I have taken part in discussions over the last several years, and advocated to allow students to complete internships and apprenticeships in local industry. Many plant managers I spoke with were happy to accommodate students in the workplace as long as they were 18 years of age, with few exceptions.

  • By Taylora Schlosser
    Marion County Superintendent

  • The 2014 primary election has come and gone, but Kentucky voters aren’t going to have much time to catch their collective breath.
    As much as they may want to find a place to hide, political ads are going to be hard to avoid between now and Nov. 4.
    Incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell, his opponent Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and a variety of outside political organizations are preparing to assault each other — and us — with a barrage of “information” for the next six months.

  • Community must speak out

  • By Matt Overing
    Summer intern

    Two wiggling butts greet me every day when I come home.
    They belong to my two dogs, Bailey and Addie. I wouldn't trade either for any material thing in the world, and I can't imagine my life without them.
    Losing a pet is impossibly difficult to deal with, but that shouldn't scare you from owning your own.
    I have lost two pets in my life. The first, Rosie, died when I was in high school. She was an outside dog and watched me play more basketball than anyone else in my life.

  • With memories of the long winter starting to fade and the Memorial Day weekend now behind us, the time has come to begin planning for summer.
    There certainly is no shortage of activities nearby or across the state, and their popularity can be seen in the bottom line. According to an annual study released earlier this month, Kentucky’s tourism and travel industry was responsible for $12.5 billion in direct and indirect spending in 2013, which was a 2.6 percent increase over 2012.  Overall, these businesses employ nearly 176,000 people.

  • Superintendent is willing to make the tough decisions
    As a member of the Marion County Board of Education, I feel compelled to respond to your editorial “Ready, Steady, Go” in the May 14 issue of your newspaper, which detailed the numerous suspensions and resignations of school personnel during the past year. The conclusion reached in your editorial was that these departures seem excessive, when compared to past years, and that something needs to be done about it.

  • The school board is wrong
    What is happening to our once great Marion County school district? It is crumbling before our very eyes. What is with all the people let go, resignations, moving of people to various positions, etc.? I worked in the school system as a teacher aide and office position for 15 years and never have I seen the likes of what is occurring.

  • Memorial Day may be the unofficial kick-off to summer, but as we ready for the upcoming holiday weekend, it is vital that we never forget it is much more than that. It is also a time when we as a nation pause to mourn and to reflect upon those men and women who paid the ultimate price defending our freedom.
    The holiday is nearing its 150th anniversary, and given that it came about in the wake of the Civil War, it seems appropriate that there is still some debate between the North and South about its exact origin.

  • A photo in last week's edition misidentified a student at Marion County High School who was participating in a texting while driving exercise. The student's name is Stephanie Farmer not Stephanie Spalding.
    In a business brief last week, the phone number for Crystal Magick Cosmic Source was inadvertently omitted. The number is 270-321-2938. The business brief also should have mentioned past life regressions.

  • The Marion County Public School System has big dreams.
    That was evident during the district’s strategic planning summit last week at Centre Square, where school staff, site-base decision making council members, local officials and community leaders discussed the future of Marion County.

  • You may have heard recent news regarding the Legislative Ethics Commission rehearing the case against former State Representative John Arnold due to harassment of two LRC employees. The commission met Wednesday, May 7. Initially, the commission was unable to produce five votes to rule against Arnold, but this week, they voted to rehear the case. At the conclusion of a long day of testimony, the commission found Representative Arnold guilty of the allegations, and he was fined $1,000 for each complaint.

  • Vote Dudley Friend Adle for District 3 magistrate

  • When it comes to getting from points A to B, few states can match Kentucky. That’s not too surprising, given that we’re home to the country’s population center east of the Rockies, but the numbers behind our transportation systems are impressive nonetheless.

  • I had intended to write a column this week about politicians, but instead I’ve decided to write about a professional liar, James Randi.
    Fittingly, a documentary about Randi called “An Honest Liar” is scheduled to be released soon. For years, Randi worked professionally as a magician, although he prefers “conjurer”, under the name The Amazing Randi.

  • In the April 30 edition, there was some incorrect information reported about the 2014-15 school calendar. The story stated that the calendar had not been approved. Actually, the 2014-15 calendar was approved at the Nov. 26, 2013 board meeting. It was amended at the April 22 meeting to add scheduled makeup days.

  • We are over two weeks past the session, and there continues to be speculation about the Governor possibly calling an extraordinary session to act on more legislation, specifically Senate Bill 5. I am opposed to an extraordinary session. We had plenty of time to get the work done during the regular session, and bringing the legislators back to Frankfort would cost the tax payers $60,000 each day. There will be another chance to revisit lingering issues next January.

  • Father will keep fighting for son
    My son, David Litsey Jr., was killed more than a year and a half ago. I often think of a song he wrote, "Litsey, where you been so long?"
    Since his death, I'm tired of people whispering about me and pointing fingers when I walk by. Few people know what my family has been through. I feel like we have been railroaded by the court system.