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Opinion

  • At the start of January, there are two things that can always be counted on: It will take at least two weeks to write the new year correctly on such things as checks, and the General Assembly will return to the Capitol to begin a new legislative session.

  • By Beth Flanagan

    Guest Columnist

     

  • Governments big and small have been going through their rituals of transition this month. 

    The new Congress was sworn in last week, as was the new General Assembly in Kentucky. Governors around the country took office, and we recently had the swearing in for the new Lebanon City Council, local city commissions and Marion County Board of Education members.

    On a personal level, I'm grateful that we avoided the pomp and circumstance that sometimes surrounds these events.

  • Usually, the first week is an organizational week during which the different parties elect their leadership. This year was different. When we announced the Senate Majority legislative agenda in December, we committed to move aggressively on passing legislation regarding job creation, education, and transparent and responsive government. With the passage of these bills, the "Agenda for Prosperity," very few can say we didn't deliver on that promise this first week.

  • My family was visiting from Texas during Christmas. My grandson went to Walmart and lost his wallet, thinking it was gone for good with all his Christmas money in it. But, because of Lewis Browne and his honesty, my grandson has his wallet back. Lewis made calls until he was able to locate my grandson. Thank goodness there are still caring and honest people.

    Charlotte Falvai

    Lebanon

         

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  • Last week, I spoke with our local state legislators, State Rep. Terry Mills and State Sen. Jimmy Higdon.

    While both are in the majority party in their respective houses of the Kentucky legislature, neither has established the seniority or the political clout to assume a leadership position just yet, which is to say neither is likely to have tremendous influence on how things shake out at the Capitol between now and the end of March.

  • 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.