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Opinion

  • By Ken Begley

    Guest columnist

     

    Writer Garrison Keillor once said that "All wars in the U.S. have been controversial from the very beginning."  

    So true.

  • Certain events burn themselves into our memories.

    Depending on your age, you may remember vividly where you were when you learned about the attack on Pearl Harbor, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., and the space shuttle Challenger explosion.

    I suspect for most people old enough to remember, Sept. 11, 2001, has become one of those enduring memories as well.

  • By James Higdon III

    Guest Columnist

     

    At about 8:50 on the morning of Sept. 11th, 2001, I was about to leave my apartment in Brooklyn, when my phone rang. It was my parents calling. Usually when this happened it was because my mother was watching the Today Show and they were broadcasting outside in Rockefeller Center and Mom wanted to know if I could see Katie Couric from my window 10 miles away. 

  • These are tough times for our men and women in uniform, fighting two wars overseas while families struggle at home through the recession. As a veteran myself, I know how difficult it can be to be away from your family. That's why I want to express my appreciation to Gov. Steve Beshear for visiting our troops. They need to know that we are praying for them every day, and he went over there personally to tell that. Good job, Gov. Beshear.

    Paul Powell, USAF (Ret.)

  • By Les Rakes

    Guest Column

     

    The Wipeout was a household word for a few days in central Kentucky, so why was it cancelled, Aug. 16, just four days before it was scheduled?

  • I don't want to write this column, but I feel I must.

    An issue arose at last week's meeting of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission meeting. It's not an issue unique to the commission, but to my surprise it has come up more than once in the last few years.

    That issue: claiming that something is "off the record" at a public forum or public meeting.

  • Walking into the high school gymnasium as a freshman was probably one of the scariest experiences of my entire life.

    Not because I was a "green" freshman or because I was a little fish in a bigger pond. Rather, it was terrifying for me because I was bullied.

  • The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission has had some challenging times recently. After a year of seemingly constant public discussion about the direction tourism should go, and even about whether or not the commission should continue to exist, the commissioners will be making a huge decision in the near future when they select the next executive director.

  • 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.