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Opinion

  • I worked for the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission for five years and have been with the tourism industry for almost six. I cannot express enough what a tragedy this would be if this tax and the office were taken away. I have seen firsthand all the wonderful things tourism has done for Lebanon and proud to say I was a part of it. 

  • At the start of this year, I decided that I needed to use my skills and experience to give back to this community, and to Kentucky, because when I needed help (in the 1980s), I got it right here in south central Kentucky. 

  • If I were Trent Milby, I would be ashamed of myself. I would like to know what the Marion County girls basketball coach was thinking during his team’s district-opening game against an obviously over-matched Campbellsville team last week.

    70-7 at halftime? Come on!

    Having superior teams, which Marion County does, cannot be avoided. 

  • This is about your article regarding exercise (Feb. 23 edition). I feel you were remiss for not mentioning Lebanon Health/Fitness Gym. They have everything a person could need to get and stay in shape, such as machines, trainers, etc. 

    The Silver Sneakers program is one of the best with an excellent trainer from right here in Lebanon. Several insurance providers cover the reasonable cost. Mine doesn’t, but I feel like I get my money’s worth every month. 

  • Stevie Lowery, you should be ashamed of yourself.  When you first became editor of the paper I was proud of you for accomplishing this at such a young age. This is the first time I have thought that maybe you were not experienced enough because I think the editorial in last weeks issue was the most childish article I have read. 

    You say that Kenny (Marrett) was personally attacking Chris (Hamilton). Excuse me, but are you not doing the same to him?  

  • This letter is being written in regards to the last editorial. I found the statements to be very one-sided, opinionated, and simply slanderous. I felt compelled to write this letter for one simple reason, I felt as though the blasphemy was much more than what I believe the community needed or wanted to read.

  • I grew up in Lebanon and I still read the paper every week. I am not usually an outspoken person, but after reading the editorial in last week’s issue, I had to respond. Stevie Lowery is entitled to her opinion, just as everyone is, but since I don’t have a page in the weekly paper dedicated to my opinion, this is the only option I have, so this is how WE see it.   

  • My most sincere apology to Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Bell for not recognizing either at the recent Black History Program. Both are long time, most supportive members, of the Marion County Branch NAACP. Both serve on the Executive Board. 

    This oversight should be attributed to the mind and certainly not the heart.

    Jerry Evans

    NAACP Branch President

  • As the Marion County Board of Education goes through the process of hiring a new superintendent for the second time in less than two years, its members must be aware that everyone is watching.

    We’ve said it before and we’ll repeat it here: The selection of a superintendent is the single most important decision the board will make. Other decisions are certainly important, but none are as big as who will be the next leader of our school district.

  • Watching someone self-destruct is disturbing.

    Watching someone you love self-destruct is torture.

    So, last week while most people were laughing at Charlie Sheen, star of “Two And A Half Men,” and his bizarre interviews on television and the radio, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him.

  • Long after a legislative session is in the history books, it is often remembered by just one or two of its most prominent bills. Early last week, the General Assembly gave its overwhelming approval to the one that will almost certainly top this year’s list.

  • By Donna Carman

    Landmark News Service

     

    If Tuesday morning (March 1) had dawned like Monday morning, then we could say that March was roaring in like a lion, so hopefully it would go out like a lamb. 

    But Tuesday morning was much tamer, so look out on March 31.

  • The mission of the Lebanon Tourist & Convention Commission is to develop, increase and promote tourism in Lebanon and surrounding areas by featuring its history, culture, products and recreation/convention facilities.

    Our goal is to become a choice destination for group travel, conventions and individual leisure/recreation travel. Through these efforts, the commission seeks to increase visitor spending, local revenue and job development, thereby enhancing the area's quality of life.

  • Over the course of the last week, the Kentucky House of Representatives honored fallen military members and their families in a solemn, moving ceremony in the House chamber. This tradition began in 2004 and the service has become one of the most significant experiences of the session.  

  • As the 2011 General Assembly Session draws to a close, many committees start to meet more frequently in order to address any unfinished business. Our mornings are occupied with committee meetings, reviewing bills with staff, and meeting with different advocates on the issues.

  • When I was younger, I didn't view physical activity as exercise. Sports were just a fun way to pass the time. My brother and I would play baseball, basketball or football (depending on what was in season) with other kids in the neighborhood and our friends from school. I ran cross country in high school and played tennis my senior year. In college, I continued to play pick-up basketball, and I started making the weight room part of my weekly routine.

  • In my experience with individual people, businesses and organizations, I have found that those who "have nothing to hide, hide nothing." This past week, I have attempted to get more facts and figures from the Postal Service regarding the situation that will affect our postal routes in St. Francis and Loretto.

  • I was surprised that last week's extensive article on health and fitness through Zumba failed to give any information on our locally owned and operated Lebanon Health and Fitness center on Main Street. Open 24 hours, it features a certified trainer in-house, weight training equipment, kick-boxing, an aerobics class and the popular Silver Sneakers program. Silver Sneakers is a nationally recognized fitness program for seniors. It is so popular and effective that many insurance companies sponsor membership because of its preventative aspects.

  • This was a very busy week in Frankfort with several rallies and many constituent visits. As for legislation, education and healthcare were the focus of a number of the bills we passed.

  • Each legislative session, the General Assembly spends much of its time on just a few areas: public safety, improving government services, education and our health.

    In the 2011 Regular Session, that focus in the Kentucky House can be found in such high profile bills as raising the high school dropout age from 16 to 18, closing an unexpected deficit in Medicaid and cracking down on drunken driving. Many others also neatly fit within those categories.