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Opinion

  • 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.

  • The Community Service Center Board Members would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to anyone who donated food items or money to help others in need.

  • I just finished reading Homegrown and Memory Closet. How many of you remember Ninie Sooter Glasscock who is now Ninie Hammon? She used to write for our own Lebanon Enterprise and other local papers. She lives in London, England, now and has written several books. I really enjoyed these two books.  They are both about things that really happened around here, and if you lived here during the 80's you will recognize the specific events.

  • I would like to take this opportunity to publicly express my gratitude to the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission for purchasing the "Snowflakes" for downtown as part of our decorations for the Christmas season.

    I have personally received many positive comments concerning the added beauty to our lighted garland and  peace banners.

  • "Are you safe? Are you sound? Are you whole? Are you well?"

    I was reminded of that memorable quote from Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who last week as I laid lifeless in bed for two days. I, like many of you, had become a victim of a vicious 48-hour virus (that actually lasted 72 hours).

    It was a very strange occurrence because, you see, I don't get sick.

    Or, so I thought.

  • People have asked - and for good reason - why the superintendent's residency matters. It doesn't affect what goes on in the classrooms in Marion County. It doesn't affect test scores. So, why is it an issue?

    It may seem trivial on first look, but it matters for reasons we have yet to hear anyone explain. The next superintendent's contract will have a residency clause, as it should. The question that has been asked, but not answered (at least not publicly), is why is this in the contract at all?

  • Although it is too soon to say what exactly will become law when the 2011 legislative session concludes next month, several major initiatives that the Kentucky House of Representatives would like to see on that list moved further down the road this past week.

    That includes one of the chamber's - and Gov. Beshear's - top priorities this year: Keeping Medicaid from facing a catastrophic deficit in the months ahead.

  • Kudos to you for the column on “Don’t be a litterbug, get your pets fixed” by Weny Doric. Kudos again for the letter submitted from the St. Francis community about dogs (pets in general) being shot. I believe there can never be enough articles written and published about abandoned and abused animals.

  • Surely, two of the most satisfying experiences in life must be those of being a grandchild or a grandparent.” 

    - Donald A. Norberg 

     

    Some of my fondest childhood memories involve my grandparents.

  • Legislative committees were hard at work this week approving many bills that then moved to the Senate floor for consideration by the full body.

  • As we returned to Frankfort to resume the 2011 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly, we are faced with issues that are as wide and varied as the monster snowstorm that cut through much of the United States this week. Several bills have already passed through the House of Representatives and are on their way to the Senate for consideration.

  • By Joseph B. Stevens

     

  • The General Assembly returned to Frankfort this week after the January recess to continue our 30-day session. Protecting the lives of the unborn and saving tax-payer dollars were two themes that emerged.

  • I usually do not respond to editorials. I consider it an exercise of futility,  after all the editor has the final word, however the last week editorial was of such a personal nature, I deemed it necessary.

    I suppose my decision concerning the superintendent could be viewed as a “flip flop” but, if so, it was a good “flip flop” based on facts and public sentiment.