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Opinion

  • 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.

  • In baseball, grand slams are only possible when a batter takes advantage of a rare opportunity. The circumstances have to be just right, and on the rare occasions when that happens, the batter still has to capitalize on the situation.

    This year, Lebanon got that kind of opportunity, and it knocked one out of the park.

    The 2011 Kentucky State Little League Tournament came to town July 16-21, and the Marion County Little League did a marvelous job as the tournament host.

  • By Lindsay Kriz

    KPA Summer Intern

     

    Like half the population of the United States (and at this point, even the world), I took an interest in the Casey Anthony trial, which recently reached a verdict, as most of you already know. I wouldn't say I was obsessed with it on a Nancy Grace scale, but I would tune in every once in a while to watch the trial and home videos that were broadcast on every news channel. 

  • With the way things have been going this summer, maybe we should all take a lesson from the Dallas Mavericks.

    That's right, we need to do what we can to beat the heat.

    Weather forecasters are calling for temperatures in the 90s in several parts of Kentucky this week, with the potential for heat indexes as high as 110 degrees. For our purposes, the heat index would be the opposite of wind chill factor.

  • Despite all the talk about enhanced 911 in Marion County, previous trips have been sidetracked repeatedly. This time, however, the effort may be picking up steam.

    In March, the Marion County Fiscal Court and the Lebanon City Council agreed to share the costs of the mapping and addressing that must be completed before E911 can be put in place.

  • Every day when I arrive to work and when I leave to go home, I see Kara Tingle Rigdon's face.

    For months, a missing person's poster has been taped on the Enterprise's front door that includes Kara's photo and information about her disappearance.

    This Sunday, July 17, will mark the one-year anniversary of when she was last seen.