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Opinion

  • 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. 

  • 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.