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Opinion

  • Last week, I reported that both the House and the Senate voted for a responsible approach to resolving the Medicaid budget shortfall. Unfortunately, late Friday, the Governor vetoed all the key accountability provisions and is now left with an open checkbook combined with an unlimited credit card funded with your tax dollars.

  • Sitting in the gymnasium at Lebanon Middle Thursday afternoon waiting for a school assembly to begin, I watch as Trent Higdon helps the sound technician with the microphone. He's doing the mic test, making different sounds and saying different words, trying to perfect the volume.

    Soon, Trent spots me with my fancy camera and reporter's notebook. He comes over to me and immediately starts asking me questions.

    "Are you a newspaper reporter?"

  • The State Senate adjourned March 24 having signed the Senate Committee Substitute to House Bill 1, legislation to resolve the Medicaid budget shortfall. Without even a need for a conference committee, the bill passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly with only two no votes.

  • During the legislative session that ended earlier this month, Kentuckians saw a textbook example of what positive things can happen when both parties in the General Assembly come together and work toward the Commonwealth's greater good.

    The end result was a landmark law that stands as the biggest change to our criminal code since it was overhauled in the mid-1970s. It showed just how effective the legislative process could be when everyone has a seat at the table and a desire to do something truly meaningful.

  • By Don White

    Guest Columnist

     

    The following questions and answers were put together by Don White. How well do you know University of Kentucky basketball?

     

    QUESTIONS

    (1) What was Rick Pitino's record in overtime games as coach of Kentucky?

    (2) Who was the first UK player to wear number 77?

    (3) Where did UK play home games prior to the building of Memorial Coliseum?

    (4) Who was the only UK player from McCreary County?

  • In reading Stephen Lega's "Business as usual", the "Editorial" and the "Letters to the Editor" in the  March 16 edition of The Lebanon Enterprise, I could not help but notice the high level of emotions and the absence of a most important question: i.e. What type of tourism is desired?

    Is it family tourism with little sales appeal for Lebanon, or convention tourism, which brings with it the inevitable prostitution and other crimes?

  • If E911 is so good then let the people vote on it.

    If E911 is explained to the people, then when they vote on it your local government will see they support it.

    Without a vote by the people, how can you be sure that the people support it.

    So, be democratic about it and set up a vote on this issue by Marion County citizens.

    K.L. Jones

  • Last fall, when the General Assembly finalized the calendar for the 2011 Regular Session, this past week was scheduled to be one of the quietest of the year. It was set aside as part of a 10-day period known as the veto recess, which gives the governor time to consider legislation sent to him and then gives legislators a chance to use the session's final day to consider vetoes, if any occur.

  • One week into most narrowly-called special sessions, the General Assembly has completed its work, sent the final legislation to the governor for his signature, and headed home - or at least has a pretty good idea of how long that process might take. Then again, we usually try to have an agreement in place before the special session is called, hoping to save our own time and taxpayers' money. That hasn't been the case for this special session.

  • Watching the television news, reading the newspapers and surfing the Internet, images of the disaster in Japan are everywhere.

    On March 11, Japan was hit by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded. The magnitude-9.0 quake set off a deadly tsunami that crashed into the small island nation. Thousands of people are dead, many more are still missing or injured and almost half a million people are homeless. The country is also facing a nuclear crisis.

  • The Lebanon City Council’s recent vote to eliminate the city’s restaurant tax, which would kill the local tourism commission, has created a buzz around town.

    But, it’s not a done deal yet.

    The council must approve two readings of an amendment to its tourism ordinance and that amendment must be published officially before the tax would end.

  • I was pleased to read Ms. Lowery’s opinion in The Lebanon Enterprise dated March 2. It is the same feelings that I have heard other people express about the tourism commission and the recent controversy surrounding this.  

  • What a sad night it was for the citizens of Lebanon.

  • After reading the Enterprise’s web story on the March 7 city council meeting, I am ashamed and appalled at all of you.

  • The Marion County Chamber of Commerce  Board of Directors is in support of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention  Commission. The chamber believes that the transient room and restaurant taxes should continue in order to support the commission’s initiatives.

  • 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.