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Opinion

  • More than three million Americans have epilepsy or a seizure disorder, and 50 million worldwide. I am one of thousands of volunteers working to raise awareness of this condition.

    Epilepsy is just as common as breast cancer, but many people know little about it or what to do when someone is having a seizure.

  • Here we are on the brink again with Congress leaving Washington D.C. for a month or longer recess an no budget written for the fiscal year and the lawmakers having to pass a standby bill to keep the government running while they are out in the country seeking re-election in November. Just the fellows we need returning! Well, we know that a lot of them are not returning to D.C. next year.

  • By Linda Ireland

    Landmark News Service

     

    A debt collector yelled at me this morning. I tried to yell back - but I think she hung up the phone before I got to that point.

    And I think it was a debt collector. She had all the required traits - attitude, persistence, hide like a water buffalo.

    The funny thing is ? it wasn't my debt.

  • The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission was born of controversy, and many people have grumbled about it from the beginning.

    We have not agreed with every decision the commissioners have made, and we have not supported every idea tourism officials have presented to the community. Nevertheless, the tourism commission is worth preserving, and it has done good things in and for our community.

  • I recently had occasion to pay a visit to your "Friend of the Court", Phillip George. I have never been treated so disrespectfully by any professional in my 60 years.

  • Can the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission survive if there continues to be in-fighting? No! Can it survive if the Commission learns to work in harmony? Yes! Does the population of Lebanon really care? I believe not! The people of Lebanon do care when "meals out" and taxes cost more than they did before the commission was established.

  • Let's cut to the chase. Normally, I'm not this on top of things, especially my Christmas shopping.

    But as it turns out, I've taken care of almost everyone on my shopping list.

    And because I've been diligently contemplating what to get the people on my list, I've also come across some ideas that may help you as well. If you are like me, finding the right gift for a few people is always more difficult than you expect.

  • The following is similar to the resignation letter Jim Richardson submitted to Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw and Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission Chairwoman Carlotta Brussell. Richardson has served on the tourism commission since its inception, but he resigned last week.

  • By JoBerta Wells

    Landmark News Service

     

    You will be sad to find out that I have had to cancel my grand tour of the country. I know you were looking forward to my travelogue in The Casey County News. Well, it couldn’t be helped, you know. There were too many things against me.

  • By Frank Johnson

    Landmark News Service

     

    Have you ever had one of these moments?

  • Over the past year, President Obama has traversed this nation speaking to a variety of organizations and/or labor groups about jobs.

  • Animal cruelty and pet abandonment are due to ignorance, stupidity and lack of compassion and the act is unconscionable. 

    On a 100-degree afternoon in August, a lone car pulled into the Lebanon Wal-Mart parking lot, opened the door and dragged a poor unsuspecting seven-month-old pup out of the car taking off her collar and simply drove away. By the time we found Bella (that's what we named her), she had been alone in the parking lot for two days in the blistering heat. Her only refuse was a small median strip of grass in the midst of a constant flow of cars.

  • While Halloween was a day for witches, ghosts and goblins, the fondest memory I made during the recent holiday was watching my son enjoy one of the most innocent and pure childhood traditions during this time of year - playing in the autumn leaves.

    It may not seem that significant to many of you, but it was to me. This was the first time (at least that I know of) that my 4-year-old son discovered the joys of playing, jumping and burying himself in a huge pile of leaves.

  • While reflecting on the insignificance of the "Aqua Buddha", I came across a news item that offered a respite from the onslaught of campaign advertising. The Dead Sea Scrolls are getting the Google treatment (more on that later). The text and translations have been available for some time, but digitizing the scrolls and scroll fragments will allow more people access to what is inside. These scrolls were discovered in the 1940s quite by accident. A teenage Bedooin shepherd had gone up to some caves searching for a goat that had gone missing.

  • Marion County Country Ham Days has been a source of community pride for decades. This year was no different as tens of thousands of people arrived en masse in downtown Lebanon for another successful festival.

    The numbers reported during last week's follow-up meeting confirm, that overall, this year's event was another success.

  • Nov. 2 is Election Day. Marion County voters will have a say in local, state and federal races. We encourage every eligible voter to go to the polls. If you don't know where you vote or to cast an absentee ballot, call the Marion County Clerk's Office at 692-2651. We've also had a few late additions. In the past few weeks, several write-in candidates have filed.

  • What were you doing when you were 11 years old?   Can you even remember back that far?

    When I was 11, I was boy crazy and insanely obsessed with New Kids on the Block. My biggest concern was what outfit I was going to wear to school or who I was going to sit by at lunch.

    I was too busy changing outfits to change the world. I was like most kids at that age - more concerned about myself than anything else. Typical, right?

    Not in the world of 11-year-old Noah Jones from Bowling Green.

  • For years, we've been hearing how families spend less time together now than they did in previous generations. We've also seen countless reports on the growing (no pun intended) obesity rates in the United States. Maybe now is the time to do something about it. Just ask long-time physical education teacher Danny Marks. He is living proof of how important regular exercise is. He's not only been a P.E.

  • The United States Supreme Court will soon listen to arguments that will test the very fabric and mettle of the First Amendment’s right of freedom of speech.

    The case stems from members of the Topeka, Kan. Westboro Baptist Church’s constitutional right to picket at military funerals.

  • Editor’s note: This week is National Newspaper Week. Since the 1940s, the Newspaper Association Managers group has sponsored National Newspaper Week. It’s a week-long celebration and recognition of the important role of newspapers in their communities. The theme is “Newspapers - the print and online connector for today’s communities.”