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Opinion

  • By Kandice Lanham

    Marion County's middle schools will celebrate Arts & Humanities Day during the New Harmonies Smithsonian exhibit from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 29, at Centre Square. The showcase will feature visual arts, dance and a combined band and chorus performance by Lebanon and St. Charles middle schools. The theme will be Kentucky folklore, using different genres of music. A final performance will be at 6 p.m.

  • A group called Kentucky Family Values started running radio ads last week criticizing Bill Pickerill, the Republican candidate for state representative.
    KFV claims that, as a city councilman, Pickerill approved a "300 percent" pay raise for himself, but denied pay increases for local police officers. As a result, officers left Lebanon for other communities and made the city unsafe.
    "It's not even a half-truth," Pickerill said in a phone interview.

  • I am worried about the state of our nation. I am fearful for my children's future. Every day "pop culture" mocks our country's history and the values America was founded on. News organizations, "think tanks" and the ivory towers of America's universities are asking, "Is the Constitution still relevant?" Why is this happening? It is a leadership problem.

  • Fourteen years ago last Sunday, a man riding a bicycle across the wind-swept prairie in Cheyenne, Wyo., discovered the tiny, nearly frozen, body of Matthew Shepard beaten to a pulp and crucified on a deer fence... barely clinging to life... the only place on his face not covered in blood washed clean by a tear from his right eye that had run down his cheek. Matthew could have been your son, or your brother, or maybe, your friend...

  • I wasn't sure what to expect when I applied for a press credential to cover the Oct. 11 Vice Presidential Debate, but I also knew this was an opportunity I might never have again. I went to Danville Thursday knowing only that, no, I would not be sitting in the auditorium, and that Centre College was hosting a festival to coincide with "The Thrill in the 'Ville II."

  • This past July marked my 10th year with The Lebanon Enterprise.

    And in those 10 years, things have changed drastically with this newspaper.

    Actually, the word "drastically" doesn't even begin to describe the number of changes we have experienced here at the Enterprise.

    Our heads are still spinning, to be honest.

    But, there is one thing that hasn't changed.

    Newspapers still matter.

  • By Delena Trent

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

    In observance of this The Caring Place put together a checklist of "signs" of a relationship that is headed down a dangerous path. 

  • By Caroline H. Little

    There's an excessive amount of gloom and doom being spread around these days when the talk turns to the future of newspapers. In fact, the mere mention of the future of newspapers suggests that there might not be one. There is no question that the newspaper business has been disrupted. And yet, what the doomsayers fail to see is that newspapers are well on their way to ensuring that a bright future lies ahead.

  • By Charlie Pearl

     

    Last fall I said I wouldn't be doing this again.

    I changed my mind.

    Along with 50 others, I'm participating this week in the ninth annual Governor's Autumn Bicycle Ride Across Kentucky.

  • It's customary for this newspaper to write an editorial the week after Marion County Country Ham Days to praise the Chamber of Commerce and the countless volunteers that make the annual fall festival such a huge success.

    Looking back in our archives, it's interesting to see how the festival has continually grown.

  • It's customary for this newspaper to write an editorial the week after Marion County Country Ham Days to praise the Chamber of Commerce and the countless volunteers that make the annual fall festival such a huge success.

    Looking back in our archives, it's interesting to see how the festival has continually grown.

  • By Charlie Pearl

    Last fall I said I wouldn't be doing this again.

    I changed my mind.

    Along with 50 others, I'm participating this week in the ninth annual Governor's Autumn Bicycle Ride Across Kentucky.

    Starting Thursday, GABRAKY is a four-day, 250-mile journey going from Carrollton by the Ohio River to Dale Hollow Lake State Resort on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

  • There was an error in the news story analyzing local ACT scores in last week's edition. The informational graphic showed that the average math score for Marion County High School seniors was 19.6, which is actually 0.2 points higher than the state average.

  • I'm a little dismayed that it's news that two restaurants have been turned over to the county attorney. I guess the first thing I'm dismayed about is the tourist and convention commission is depending on restaurants collecting and sending taxes to promote their endeavor. Restaurants have the greatest fail rate of any small business in the USA. They already have an 80-hour-a-week job without collecting taxes.
    So you're giving the county attorney $100+ an hour to follow-up.

  • Update: Since the Sept. 26 print edition went to press, the Enterprise has confirmed that a Gravel Switch Historic District is also on the agenda of today's meeting in Springfield of the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board. Both the Loretto and Gravel Switch historic district proposals are part of a proposal to create historic districts in Crossroad Communities in Marion and Washington County. The Washington County districts include Mackville and Willisburg.

  • The people of Marion County have big hearts.
    I've witnessed that firsthand on many occasions.
    It's just one of the reasons I'm proud to live and work here.
    But, I have to get something off my chest that has been bothering me for the past several years.
    I'm disappointed in Marion County's support, or lack thereof, of the March of Dimes.

  • A news item in the Sept. 12 print edition should have read that the Marion County Fiscal Court approved hiring a part-time employee to assist with cross-referencing mapping information that is required for the county to be eligible for E911 service. This will be an employee of the fiscal court, not the PVA's Office, although the PVA Office's is also assisting with the mapping.

    A news brief about the United Concerned Citizens early bird collection for its annual Thanksgiving Dinner should have read that Thanksgiving will be on Nov. 22 this year.

  • Rivalry games always inspire emotions, and that makes that game a little more special for players and fans on both sides.
    That's true of the Louisville-Kentucky rivalry. The Marion County-Washington County rivalry is no different.
    But that's not an excuse for vandalism, and unfortunately, that's what happened at both high schools last week. On Friday morning, we learned that the football fields at Marion and Washington counties had been defaced.

  • On behalf of the Loretto Community, I publicly state that Loretto strongly supports the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011 (SB 1258) sponsored by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, (D-NJ).

  • Parents and their children exercising... together!
    I witnessed that very thing Saturday at the seventh annual Family Fitness and Safety Day at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon.
    It was a welcome sight to see.
    I watched children and their parents compete in sack races, run through obstacle courses and they even humored me and did some of my "Girls on the Run warm-up exercises," which included squat jacks.