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Opinion

  • By Lindsay Kriz

    KPA Summer intern

     

    When I first arrived at The Lebanon Enterprise office on May 25, the first thing I noticed was how cozy the building was. I figured that the newsroom would have at least 10 cubicles where employees sat quietly and typed out their stories, sometimes mingling by the coffee machine or talking quietly with each other.

  • If you were hoping to avoid politics, well, you would be out of luck in Marion County.

    The Marion County Democratic Party held its annual pep rally Aug 18 at Centre Square. Usually, a few statewide figures make an appearance, but this year four of the six Democratic candidates for state office made the trip.

  • The Obama Administration has a transportation plan that is to tax you based on the miles you drive.

    Before they do this, they are considering factors such as capability of your state to enforce payments, the reliability of the technology, administrative costs and user acceptance.

    The U.S. Supreme Court once ruled that U.S. Citizens have the right to travel, but they did not say how!

    Travel control is people control.

  • Graham Memorial Park and Marion County Little League recently held the Kentucky Little League State Tournament here in Lebanon. The tournament took many hours to host and plan. On behalf of the Marion County Little League and Graham Memorial Park, we would like to express our appreciation to all the volunteers, sponsors, MCLL Board and park staff who made this event the large success it was. Everyone's hard work on this event will never go unnoticed or be forgotten.

  • Disbelief, frustration, anger and utter sadness were some of the emotions felt worldwide recently when Casey Anthony was ruled "not guilty" in a Florida court of law for the death of her daughter, Caylee.

    So many people followed that case, and many of those people were outraged when the verdict was announced, almost as if Caylee had been their own child.

    And, in a way, Caylee was our child.

    She was my child.

    She was your child.

  • I recently took an epic vacation to California, where I saw lots of celebrities, took a lot of pictures and had a lot of fun. I also came back with the worst sunburn I, and many of my friends and family, have ever seen. I won't include a picture or attempt to describe said burn, but let's just say things boiled over.

    I'm mainly healed now, thanks to antibiotic ointments and pills, but that doesn't mean I want to relive the experience, and I certainly don't want you to have to go through it.

  • On the morning of Aug. 11, there was a catastrophic accident deep in the knobs at the end of Rush Branch Road. A 30" tree twisted on its base as a timber man sought to harvest it and a foot long, two-inch diameter stake was driven completely through the man's upper leg, breaking the femur.

  • As food prices continue to rise, many of us are pinching pennies and looking for ways to make our money go farther at the checkout counter. With wise purchasing practices and proper planning, you can prepare nutritious meals that your family will enjoy eating while saving money at the grocery store. Planning is the key.

  • "You might be from Marion County if..."

    I never imagined that simple phrase would spark so much interest, but it did last week when I started a group on Facebook called simply that, "You might be from Marion County if..." (Not to be confused with Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck if..." one-liners. Some might say those two phrases are one in the same, but I disagree... Somewhat.)

  • The great world boxer Muhammad Ali says the Muslim diversity system is nothing to fear. Mr. Ali should go to the website persecution.com and read the stories of Muslim attacks and killings of Christians around the world.
    In Pakistan, Muslims have sentenced to death Asia Bibi for violating subsection C of Pakistan's 295 blasphemy law.
    So why don't all these friendly, harmless diversity Muslims stand up for her before she is put to death. She lives in a six-by-eight foot cell since her arrest in June of 2009.

  • I’m currently taking nominees for the next installment of the Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes book series, third volume. The criteria is: A living Kentuckian who has overcome extreme personal challenges and/or has given of themselves in a noble and sacrificial way. Their lives serve as examples to inspire others to greater acts of character. The nominee would be considered “ordinary”, commonly known only to people in their communities, but will have an “extraordinary” lasting impact.

  • We have been regaled by the radical right and the misguided Tea Party proponents with claims that the Dastardly Democrats are “tax and spend” lunatics responsible for running up nearly $14 trillion in federal deficits and driving the country into ruin. But the cold hard facts demonstrate just the opposite is true.

  • By Lindsay Kriz

    KPA Summer Intern

     

    As any geek who actually leaves their bedroom knows, the San Diego Comic Con is basically the Mecca for nerds. The convention, which takes place four days in July every year, is housed in San Diego, Calif., and attracts at least 125,000 patrons every year. And this year, once again, one of those patrons was me. 

  • In the book, Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction, author Luke Davies writes, “When you can stop you don’t want to, and when you want to stop, you can’t...”

    We are confident that statement hits home for anyone who has fought or is fighting an addiction. And, we know family members and friends of addicts can also relate. 

    Addiction is an ugly thing.

  • The purpose is to get people to quit. Simple as that.

    The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that beginning in September 2012, it will require larger, more prominent health warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the United States.

    The changes will be the first in more than 25 years and are "a significant advancement in communicating the dangers of smoking," according to the FDA.

  •  On page A7 of last week's Enterprise, Lauran Knott's name was spelled incorrectly in a cutline about a Harry Potter party at the Marion County Public Library.    

  • The last free man in America has made it official. Gatewood Galbraith has been campaigning for governor for several months, but last week he and his running mate, Dea Riley, finally turned in their petition to be included on the November ballot to the Secretary of State's Office.

    Galbraith will appear on the ballot as an independent candidate along our incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, and Senate President David Williams, a Republican.