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Opinion

  • By Beth Flanagan

    Guest Columnist

     

    I left Lebanon some 18 years ago and have recently moved back. While I was gone, one of my favorite memories of this town was the slower pace and general friendliness of its people. Now that I am living here again, I wonder what has happened to my hometown. I see rude, careless and stupid drivers everywhere I go. Let me cite several examples.

  • After seeing so much negative press around our School Superintendent Mr. Donald Smith, and our recently elected, re-elected, members of the school board I feel compelled to pen the following:

  • I just wanted to say kudos to the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission and its director, Chris Hamilton, for another great year at the Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival. We liked the new events and the bull riding at XB Arena was just great.

    Mr. Higdon of Higdon’s Foodtown and the state senate welcomed us and came by the Hampton Inn and had coffee with us. We met him last year at Big Jim’s Steakhouse and he remembered us when we went to his grocery!

  • "What are you doing for New Year's?"

    There's a good chance you have been asked or will be asked that question some time in the next few days. We hope that you do something you'll enjoy, whether it's dancing the night away, toasting the new year with friends and family or just spending a quiet night at home.

  • By Jimmy Higdon

    State Senator

     

    The Senate majority gathered Dec. 9-10 to discuss the upcoming session and lay out legislative priorities. The session will only be 30 days; we have only a brief time so we have to make the most of it and respond to the issues we heard from voters in the fall.

  • By Joseph B. Stevens
    Guest columnist

    As I listened to the Marion County School Superintendent's defiant tone on the radio this morning, he sounded like a person that is threatened by the incoming school board, and he also sounded like he was challenging the new school board to bring facts to the table about what is happening in Marion County schools. So, let's lay some facts on the table:

  • "Mommy, is this fattening?" my four-year-old son asked as I sat down on the couch beside him with a bowl of popcorn.
    Completely shocked, I replied, "No, honey, it's not fattening. And you don't need to worry about that anyway."
    As he began to munch on the popcorn and watch his favorite Spiderman cartoon, I wondered to myself, "Why on earth would he ask such a thing? He's four years old, why would he even care?"
    But, I already knew why. And, I'm ashamed to say that I'm to blame.

  • This letter will hopefully be of help to all concerned parties regarding the cancellation of Marion County Public Schools in the impending case of inclement weather.

  • As an editor you are entitled to your opinion. Personally, I think it stinks!!!!

  • In light of a recent news article, I write to provide information about the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission's efforts in assisting the 2010 Farmers National Bank Heart of Kentucky Tennis Open. The FNB Heart of Kentucky Tennis Open has been a late summer annual event in Lebanon for the last five years. Lebanon is one of only eight cities that participates in the Central Kentucky Tennis Series competition. The Kentucky USTA named the CKTS as the 2010 community tennis association for the state.

  • My husband and I had such a great time in Lebanon during the Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival. Your tourism director, Chris Hamilton, and Christy Lee were so hospitable. We loved seeing the lights at Ruley's Santa Claus Land, Maker's Mark and bull riding at XB Arena! We can definitely say we had the small town Christmas experience!
    Stacey Battoclette
    Cincinnati, Ohio

  • I applaud Governor Steve Beshear for stepping in and working with AK Steel and the Environmental Protection Agency in trying to resolve environmental violations at the Ashland coal plant. According to a Dec. 9 article in The (Ashland, Ky.) Independent, company representatives acknowledge problems at the plant and project $50 million to resolve these problems to the satisfaction of the EPA. I wish the governor and AK well, and hope that they will come to the reasonable solution they seek If they are successful, many good-paying jobs will be saved.

  • No one is perfect.

    We all make mistakes. We don't always use the best judgment and, occasionally, we act before we think.

    We are human, after all.

  • Can you imagine leaving your family, your home and basically all of your belongings and starting your life from scratch?

    Last week, I met a woman who has been forced to do just that. She is a victim of domestic violence. Or, rather, I should say she is a survivor.

  • Kudos to the Marion County EMS/Rescue Squad on Walnut Street for their efforts to keep Marion Countians safe while driving this holiday season. Their impossible-to-miss signs and the wrecked car in front of their station are great reminders of how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe during the holidays by remembering a few simple driving rules.  The signs plainly outline the ways to keep safe and make sure you have a ‘Happy Ever After’.  

  • Something happened last year that I didn’t like, and it seems to be happening again this year. I hope it changes as we do have snow coming. All the other schools are on the news at night saying no school. Our darned school person, whoever he/she is, is not putting our notices out until 6 a.m. on the day of no school! This is not fair to us grandparents or our grandchildren!

  • The Lebanon Tourist & Convention Commission and its director, Chris Hamilton, made the second running of The Bourbon Chase a huge success. The experience in Lebanon was greatly enhanced over year one. I look forward to working with Lebanon to improve it even more in 2011.

    Mike Kuntz