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Opinion

  • The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission are supposed to be the fun people in government. Lately, that hasn’t been the case.
    Two of the last three meetings were plagued by closed sessions, talks of discipline or removal of Executive Director Nena Olivier, and personnel decisions were discussed when the public had the right to know what was going on.

  • By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    Late last week I was scrolling through Facebook and noticed a video PETA made about the dairy industry had worked its way into my newsfeed.
    I watched, deciding to see what shenanigans and propaganda they were spewing that day.
    They were on their soapbox, talking about how cruel the dairy industry is. How they keep their cows locked up, constantly pregnant and take their calves away as soon as they’re born.

  • Someone stole our bikes. The realization couldn’t have stunned me more than if I had been slapped in the face.
    My wife, Emily, and I were only a few months into our first year of teaching in South Korea. I remember that spring day when we saw the two shining bikes glistening in the sunlight outside a shop next to the bus stop. I could imagine the tiny bells on the handlebars ringing at us, calling out for us to buy them.

  • The halls of the Capitol may be relatively quiet when July arrives, but that doesn’t detract from the month’s importance when it comes to running state government. It marks the start of another fiscal year and, in even-numbered years, is when most new state laws take effect.

  • If you saw me at the Marion County Fair last week, you probably didn’t see me on any rides. You would have seen me taking pictures of concerts, fireworks or perhaps trying to capture the joyous faces of everyone else having fun on the rides. In any case, my feet were planted firmly on the ground.
    Truth is, I love fairs. I love theme parks. The problem? I have an irrational fear of heights.

  • By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    This weekend, while I was in Lexington visiting a friend, we went to a restaurant that advertised, quite frequently and proudly, that their burgers are antibiotic free.
    While the burger was amazing, it wasn't the lack of antibiotics that made it that way because anywhere you go in the United States, there will be no antibiotics in your meat.
    Let me tell you why.

  • States have often been called laboratories of democracy, and for good reason: That’s where most cutting-edge ideas to improve government are first tested. The good ones are widely copied while the unworkable ones teach a valuable lesson as well.

  • By Jennifer Carman

    Much has been written about how job seekers should present themselves on social media. But how can employers seeking talent in the Lincoln Trail region capitalize on social media to draw in the best and brightest?
    An effective talent search leverages many channels, and social media can help companies not only promote career opportunities but also develop its reputation as an employer and engage potential applicants.

  • Excuse me, but I’m about to channel my inner “Pollyanna.”
    For those of you who aren’t familiar with Pollyanna, let me explain.
    In the best-selling novel, Pollyanna, a young orphan, has been taught by her father how to play "the glad game," in which the goal is to "find something about everything to be glad about.”
    I’ve been trying to do this more often in my own life.
    Sometimes it’s difficult, or darn near impossible, but I still try.

  • I thought I was being smart when I slipped my wallet into my front pocket. I remember the smirk on my face when my wife, Emily, told me I should put it in the suitcase because it was all the money we had for this trip.
    “I’ll be fine,” I told her, patting the front of my jeans. A pickpocket would never go for the front one. It would be too easy for me to catch them.

  • By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2016, HR 1942, was referred to committee in late April and is currently still there.
    This bill would make the sale or transport of horses and other equines for the purpose of consumption illegal. It would also label them as not domesticated for human consumption.
    Most of you are probably wide-eyed with your jaws on the floor right now. Horse slaughter in the U.S., who knew?

  • As it has for nearly two-and-a-half centuries, our nation will pause on Monday to celebrate its “birth” day, commemorating a time 240 years ago when the Founding Fathers declared our independence.
    Since July 4, 1776, we have weathered a war for our freedom, a war against ourselves, and wars against those who would like nothing more than to see us and our values falter. Although the world has changed in countless ways since Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, our commitment to protect and promote freedom has never wavered.

  • The Fourth of July gives us all a chance to reflect on our country and to take pride in our nation's enduring principles. It is the day on which the Declaration of Independence was ratified by exemplary visionaries who dared to create a new form of government and new laws for a new people. For the first time it was decided that every person is born with certain God-given rights and that government should have no powers of its own other than those granted to it by the people.  

  • The middle of the year is coming in a couple of weeks on July 2. It’s disappointing, really. I had dreams. Aspirations. But like so many who make New Year’s resolutions and soon forget them, I now regard myself a failure for having neglected the promises I made all those months ago.
    I was going to be a marathon runner. I was going to do 100 pushups without stopping. I was going to read a book every week. I was going to give up sugar for the entire year.

  • On Wednesday June 8, an article was published on Jalopnik, a daily automobile news and gossip site, titled "Horses Are Pointless."
    Naturally, this peaked my interest as a horse person, so I clicked and read.
    The author, who should have stuck to writing about cars, proceeds to "let you know what the experience is like, from someone who's been around the block a few times with the idiotic beasts."

  • I am writing as a citizen of Marion County and as a teacher.
    It is reasonable that facilities need to be adequate and in good repair for the schools to operate effectively. As a citizen I would like a little more detail about what is needed and who determined these needs and their cost.

  • As many of you know, there has been a highly debated proposal to convert a natural gas pipeline that runs through Marion County and five of Kentucky’s six congressional districts into a natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline. An article from last week’s Danville Advocate reported that several community members that oppose this pipeline conversion were writing letters to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) demanding a full environmental impact study of the Utica Marcellus Texas Pipeline Project.

  • It has often been said that the war against illegal drugs is an ever-changing battlefield. When we seem to be making headway on one front, another tragically opens up. Over the past dozen years, those “fronts” in Kentucky have ranged from meth and synthetic drugs to prescription pain medicine and heroin.
    According to the annual report the state’s Office of Drug Control Policy released last week, a new name has been added to that list: fentanyl.

  • On June 1, I proudly stood with Governor Matt Bevin as he announced additional funding for students participating in dual credit courses with the establishment of the new Kentucky Duel Credit Scholarship. Along with the Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner, Governor Bevin announced that $7.5 million will be allocated to school districts across the state for the 2016-17 academic year.
    Dual credit programs allow students to receive both high school and postsecondary academic credit for approved courses, at either a local high school or postsecondary institution.

  • I always smile when I hear the Johnny Cash song in which he claims to have been “everywhere, man.” Though I will never be able to spout off those famous lyrics like the man in black, I still find myself tapping my foot trying to pick out all the different places he lists where I’ve been. Truth is, it’s quite a few. I’ve even lived in some of them.

    “I’ve been everywhere, man.”