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Opinion

  • I have been an avid reader of Parents Magazine since before I had my son, and there is one story I read that I have never been able to forget.
    It was a horrific story about a Virginia couple that had a picture perfect life: A comfortable house, well-paying jobs and two little boys they adopted as babies from Guatemala.

  • By Joseph B. Stevens

    Guest Columnist

    Most people have heard the phrase: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” This phrase has been attributed to Albert Einstein for a great number of years.
    When I think of that phrase, and watch what is happening in our school system, especially MCHS and the Board of Education, I find myself wondering if that is what we are doing now.

  • By Lindsay Kriz

    KPA Summer Intern

  • “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”
    - Cynthia Ozick

    Memorial Day means different things to different people.
    For some, it’s a day off from work.
    For others, it’s the first official day of summer break.
    And, for many of us, it’s just another day at work.
    Far too few of us actually observe the day the way it was meant to be observed, which is to honor and remember all of the people who have died serving our country.

  • By Stacey S. Manning

    Landmark News Service

    There are moments in our lives when we will never forget where we were or what we were doing.

  • Jack Brammer of The Lexington Herald-Leader’s Bluegrass Politics blog reported last Friday that Gov. Steve Beshear has released the names of Republicans who are his “supporters.” The list of 70 GOP members who are endorsing Beshear’s re-election bid appears at the end of the entry.

    And the first name on the list is Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw. (To read the full blog entry, go here http://tinyurl.com/3epwevf.)

  • The Heart of Kentucky Bourbon and BBQ Musicfest is good for Lebanon.

    And it has the potential to become something great.

    We know there currently are a variety of side issues related to tourism, the event and the event organizer, but let’s set those aside for a moment.

    Here are some of the positives we saw:

  •  A photo in the May 11 Enterprise from the Lebanon Elementary School Derby parade should have identified one of the students as Maggie Overstreet.

  • With children being arrested for toy guns, I think parents should take a serious look at their educational and authority structure and its training.

    Apparently, the democratic habit of questioning authority or conventional wisdom could place your or your children in  conflict with “The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders”, fifth edition (DSM-V) to be published in 2013.

  • By Brandy Wiser

    Guest columnist

  • Peggy Downs is a special person.

    I learned that quickly as a teenager boarding school bus No. 173 every morning and afternoon. Every single day as I got on the school bus, Peggy always greeted me with a warm smile.

    However, one particular summer morning sticks out in my mind. 

  • The trial of Adrian Benton began Monday. Benton is one of two men facing charges as a result of the death of John G. Mattingly III, a Marion County native and University of Kentucky student.

    The other defendant in the case, Raymond Wright, pled guilty while jury selection was taking place. He admitted that he pulled the trigger, and for that, he will likely receive life in prison.

  • David Williams and Richie Farmer offer Republicans bold conservative leadership and an opportunity to change Frankfort from a liberal taxing administration to one of fiscal conservatism. Senator Williams, as our governor, will also turn back efforts to raise taxes  on small business.  He knows many small businesses are struggling and that raising taxes would sound a death knell.  Williams and Farmer will stand for business friendly policies.

  • May is National Foster Care Month, a time to shine the light on the foster care experience. Let's start with some figures:

    - More than 6,800 Kentucky children and youth are in out-of-home

    care, with 75 to 80 percent of those in foster care. Most are placed in temporary foster care due to parental neglect or abuse.

    - The average age of a child in care: 10.7 years.

  • Words cannot begin to express my gratitude for the generous support for The Caring Place shown by the communities of Lebanon, Springfield, and Bardstown. Your generous donations of money and gift certificates, volunteer support, and participation in the first annual Stick Horse-Egg and Spoon Derby was fantastic. 

    Elizabeth Wallen

    Springfield, KY

  • Putting together a newspaper is often like trying to figure out how to fit round pegs into square holes. Other times, it's like trying to fit octagon-shaped pegs into trapezoid-shaped holes.

    And then there are the rare occasions when it's like trying to fit pentagon-, rhombus- and octagon-shaped pegs into two different triangular-shaped holes.

    This past week was one of those rare occasions.

  • "I'm still kicking ... It will get better as time goes by, but we won't ever forget it." - Hilda Perkins, flood victim

     

    Hilda Perkins' words ring true for many people throughout Marion County who were impacted by the 2010 flood, which occurred the first weekend in May of 2010.

  • By Melissa Knight, Guest columnist

    After reading the article, "Tourism changes in the works," which appeared in The Lebanon Enterprise on Wed., April 27, I feel compelled to respond with concerns I and many others I know have about what is happening politically with the Lebanon Tourist & Convention Commission (tourism).

  • Webster needs to add a new word to next year's dictionary.

    I've always heard that the arrival of a newborn brings sleep deprivation to a household.

    Folks, sleep deprivation doesn't touch the state of mind I'm in.

    In my farewell column in the Enterprise, I announced that my wife and I would soon be drafting a rookie.

    After nine months of being extra nice to my wife (sorry honey, that was a limited warranty), the rookie has arrived.