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Opinion

  • We recently had an early morning house fire scare. The house filled with smoke, and we could not find the course so we called 911. The dispatcher notified the Gravel Switch Fire Department. 

    I should add that this was the worst weather night of the season. 

    It was sleeting, freezing rain, and snowing with temperatures in the teens. They arrived promptly, took control and began looking for the source of the smoke. It was hard work because of the type of construction of our house.

  • Of all the gifts that Benjamin Franklin gave us, one of the most far-reaching has to be establishing the forerunner of our country’s public libraries.

    They have been a mainstay in Kentucky almost from the beginning, when the first opened in 1795 at what is now Transylvania University in Lexington. Some historians believe it was also the first outside of the 13 original colonies.

  • By Randy Patrick

    Landmark News Service

  • By Joberta Wells

    Landmark News Service

    I was not a pretty baby when I was born. I looked like Winston Churchill but it is my opinion that all new babies look like ol’ Winston. They don’t start getting cute until they are around 6 to 8 months old.

  • Barb’s Décor & Gifts was the winner for the best gift shop in the Best of Marion County. Pretty Please was the winner for the best home décor. An ad composed by the Enterprise incorrectly stated that Pretty Please won for best gift shop.

    Also, Shear Delite should have been referred to as Best Beauty Shop instead of barber shop.

  • I walked into a sixth grade classroom last week and I counted at least four students who I had recently watched perform on stage at Angelic Hall.
    “Isn’t that something,” I thought. These children are starring in musicals and plays in their hometown. How cool is that?
    I’ll answer that question for you - it’s very cool.

  • We find ourselves close to Christmas again, the time of year signifying an end and a beginning. An end to a year that culminates with this celebration of Christmas, and a look ahead to the new year full of promise and possibilities. 
    However, it feels like we just got up from the Thanksgiving table, with the holiday so much later in November this year. With this shorter time period between the two holidays, time is even more precious than usual, and fulfilling obligations to work, family, friends and community are more difficult, often causing more stress.

  • By Lee Ransdell

    Izu Oshima is an island that represents small town Japan. It is a community of nine thousand people living quieter lives than those in the nearby big city of Tokyo. There are no big department stores. There are no fast food restaurants. Instead, there are small family run restaurants and stores. These are places everyone goes to and runs into friends and family. Like the small towns that define Marion County, community is very important to the people of Izu Oshima.

  • Toward the end of each fall, the General Assembly’s administrative staff takes a closer look at some of the issues it thinks could be debated during the upcoming legislative session, which in 2014 begins on Jan. 7 and runs through mid-April.
    While it is too soon to say how many of the nearly four dozen topics in this year’s publication will be on the House and Senate’s agenda, this early preview nonetheless serves as a handy reference for legislators and the public alike.

  • Dog gone
    On Dec. 5, I arrived home to hear a gruesome account of a brutal killing of a beautiful Akita dog. It was blond in color and it had visited my home off and on for three days. It won my heart over in such a short time. He was a big dog but a playful pup at heart.

  • Buy local. I think we have all heard of, and are aware of, the movement that is taking place all over the U.S. People are developing a strong interest in supporting small local businesses that bring an individual spin on the retail experience and are tailored to their region.
    With Christmas ahead, many of you will be hosting many festivities and family dinners. I hope you will take advantage of the many products and services Kentucky owned businesses offer throughout the region and state, when planning for your events.

  • My parents, like millions of Americans, got up early to seek out some “Black Friday” deals. For the most part, people were able to get away from the stores unscathed.
    But not everyone did.
    Maybe it’s just because we live in a world with 24-hour news stations and social media outlets that allow anyone anywhere to report what is happening around them, but stories about violence between holiday shoppers seem to be a regular part of post-Thanksgiving reports.

  • In need of genealogy help
    I am writing to The Lebanon Enterprise to ask for the help of the residents of Marion and surrounding counties.

  • Our schools may still have a couple of weeks left before Christmas break and the end of the fall semester, but some of the latest “report cards” on Kentucky’s academic progress have already arrived.
    Perhaps the most well known of those came in early November, when the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) gave its latest breakdown of our fourth and eighth grade scores in reading and math.

  • What do you like about yourself?
    Have you ever asked yourself that question?
    It’s not a question we ask ourselves very often, if ever.
    Usually, we focus on the things we don’t like, especially us girls.
    In fact, most of the time we are so focused on the things we don’t like that we lose sight of our positive qualities.
    And, believe it or not, we all have positive attributes.

  • Greetings from Frankfort. It is hard to believe that we are embarking on the end of November and heading quickly into the Christmas season. The year is flying by, and we will soon be into 2014!
    This month has seen a lot of activity here in Frankfort with interim committee meetings hearing various legislative agendas for the 2014 General Assembly. Next week is a welcome respite from this busy pace as we take a moment as a nation to be thankful for blessings, families and friends during Thanksgiving.

  • If Benjamin Franklin had had his way, it’s possible that the centerpiece of most Thanksgiving meals this week would not be the turkey.
    While he did not actually recommend it replace the eagle as a symbol of our nation, he did, in a letter to his daughter, believe that the turkey’s qualities were more virtuous. He called it “a true original of America” and “a bird of courage.”

  • Marion County has nothing to be ashamed of
    I found the column entitled “Going down Marion County’s memory lane” published in the Nov. 13 edition of The Lebanon Enterprise to be quite interesting. Especially when I came across the name of my late father, George W. Trotter.

  • By Alan J. George

    I am struggling to understand why The Lebanon Enterprise chose to publish a guest column that served no purpose other than to allow an individual with an obvious agenda to string together several disjointed ramblings and baseless and unwarranted rants and personal attacks. I am referring, “of course” (to borrow her phrase - see below) to the Nov. 14 guest column from Donna Kapfhammer.

  • By Kevin George

    I read the guest column by Donna Kapfhammer, ironically on the anniversary of my
    mother's 93rd birthday. My father, Dr. Eli George, was Hyleme's brother and my
    mother and Aunt Nonie were as close as sisters. I spent many summer days playing all day with my cousin, Hyleme, Jr. so I know a little about which I speak.
    And why is it significant that I refer to my mother. Anyone who knew Gloria George would know that she was never subservient to my father or anyone else for that matter.