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Opinion

  • The Elf on the Shelf... If you haven't heard of this Christmas phenomenon yet, you soon will.
    Many of you already have an elf at your home. And, if you don't, well, there are some parents out there who would say you should consider yourself lucky. Apparently, there are some parents who don't particularly like having the "responsibility" of a little elf in their home.

  • Look in your medicine cabinet. Take a peek in your glove compartment. Glance at your kitchen counter.
    You may not realize it, but you could be looking at one of the biggest drug problems facing Marion County and Kentucky.
    When used carefully and correctly, prescription pills can go a long way toward treating a lot of medical issues. Unfortunately, it doesn't take much for a medical treatment to turn into chemical dependency.
    We still have other drugs in our community, but prescription pills have become the biggest concern for local law enforcement.

  • By Alicia Matthews

     

    Christmas is here, it's that time of year -

    Everyone is rushing, spreading good cheer!

    But far, far away in a land strange to most - 

    Our troops stand watch, at our Bases and Posts.

     

    Our children are excited to sit on Santa's lap -

  • If you haven't received a questionnaire from State Rep. Terry Mills, I suggest you give him a call. This is your chance to give him some input before the 2012 session of the General Assembly.

    That said, what you'll see below are my views on the issues on the questionnaire. I'm only one constituent, however, so I hope he'll hear from many more of you, too.

  • Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said that one of his top priorities, if re-elected, would be working to create jobs so that every Kentuckian who wants a job has one.

    Now that the election is over, another of Beshear's secondary goals - expanded gambling and gaming - has moved to the front burner.

  • I am writing to you about a letter I read in the paper two weeks ago. I was very disappointed to hear Anthony Epps wished he had never moved back here. Well, the truth is it made me mad. This community supported him for years. I looked up to him and I am older than he is. I know for a fact that The Lebanon Enterprise supported him, too. I just think he needs to put his problems in God's hands and not take it out on the community.

    Brenda Wren Murphy

    Lebanon    

  • By Lisa Tolliver

    When I was in school pizza was pizza. But in comparison Pluto was also a planet.

    Now, Congress has declared pizza a vegetable and Pluto is no longer a planet. It's crazy how things change.

  • You may be having trouble deciding what to get for a person or two or five or everyone on your Christmas gift list. If that's the case, never fear. I'm back with my holiday gift suggestions.

    Some of you may be waiting until the last minute hoping for inspiration. Well, I understand everyone can't be as on top of their gift-giving as I am. 

    (What? Have I bought all my gifts? No, not exactly, but I know what I'm getting everyone on my list. I think.)

  • State officials are often accused of trying to balance the budget on the backs of county governments.

    HB 463, which was approved earlier this year, may turn out to be the latest example of that.

    When Gov. Steve Beshear signed the bill into law, he touted the legislation as an effort to be tough and smart on crime. The bill was also promoted as a way to save the state $422 million over the next 10 years.

  • The Party of "NO" 

    The Republican Party has utilized the filibuster three times more than any Senate in history in order to thwart any legislation that might help the American people... believing that voters will oust the incumbent president as long as the economy sucks.

     

    The Party of "MEAN" 

    Cheers the idea that someone without health insurance should be allowed to die.

  • By Debra Stamper

    Guest columnist

    Third party tax purchasers can buy a homeowner's delinquent property tax bill and get the right to hold the debt, plus 12 percent interest, plus administrative fees, plus attorney's fees for up to 11 years as a first lien on a home. If the amounts due are not paid, the third party tax purchaser CAN FORECLOSE on the home. 

  • "Running is like celebrating your soul. There's so much it can teach us in life."

    - Molly Barker, founder and executive director of Girls on the Run

     

    Every time I step on the pavement in my running shoes, I make new observations of how life and running are so very similar.

    Life is hard. So is running.

    Both take dedication, heart, endurance, guts, strength and humility.

  • Congress has an opportunity this week to make a historic decision that would permanently change the culture of spending in Washington. Our nearly $15 trillion of accumulated debt is a threat to our nation's economic recovery, our national security and the welfare of future generations. 

    We have already succeeded in changing the debate in Washington from "How much can we spend?" to "How much can we cut?" Now, we must go even further and pass a Balanced Budget Amendment.

  • Yeah, that's me with a stick of dynamite in my mouth.

    I wonder, would the Turtleman consider that "Live Action?"

    Sure, I'm not catching snapping turtles with my bare hands or getting sprayed on by skunks, but I'm going to be trying to escape from a villain on stage in front of (I hope) a packed Angelic Hall Friday night.

    And, anyone that knows Lynn Farris knows how truly evil he can be...

    (Kidding, Lynn.)

  • We can understand why Anthony Epps would be upset.

    We doubt anyone wants to have their name in the paper for being arrested for DUI. The same would be true for whatever punishment is handed down from the courts if that person is found or pleads guilty.

  • The recent discussions regarding the possible need for school uniforms or a district-wide dress code has reminded us of the old adage, "If it's not broken, why fix it?"

  • November is Adoption Awareness month. In recognition of this unique way in which to become a family white ribbons will be worn. I ask that all of you who are touched by adoption to please wear a white ribbon during the month of November.  If you see someone wearing a white ribbon, please ask him/her how adoption has affected his/her life. If you are interested in learning more about adoption, call 1-800-928-4303.

  • More than 11 million Americans receive home delivered health care from home health providers. In their honor, I would like to join the National Association for Home Care and Hospice in celebrating November as National Home Care Month. My focus is to increase awareness in both the community and among health care professionals, to educate on the criteria and indicators for home care utilization and to express gratitude for business we have and will receive.