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Opinion

  • Gregory Wilson is scheduled to be executed on Sept. 16, by signed "command" of Kentucky's governor. As Gregory is now a face on front pages and a topic of public discussion, I ask to put a face and character to the person who will be killed in the name of Kentucky's citizens. I bear witness that he is not the same man who committed the crime.

  • The Sisters of Loretto have had a major presence in Kentucky and in Marion County in particular for hundreds of years. From their beginnings, they have sought to better the communities in which they work in a number of ways.

    Some of those ways have been more prominent than others, such as their work as educators. Visitors are welcome to walk around the grounds of the Motherhouse, located just outside Loretto. They offer retreat space for groups and for individuals as well.

    But another service they offer has been more subtle.

  • Addiction.

    Many of us have seen what addiction can do to a human being. Whether it’s an addiction to alcohol, drugs, gambling, or a number of other things, addiction ruins lives. Sometimes, it ends lives too soon.

    I know. I’ve seen it happen.

  • It was Saturday evening, Aug. 7, 2010.

    Place: Henning’s Restaurant

    Occasion: Lebanon High School Class of 1970 reunion!

    And believe you me, we came from far and near! Alabama, Denver and Maryland just to name a few.

  • Last week, we had a letter to the editor asking people not to kill rattlesnakes, while elsewhere in the paper we had two photos of people holding rattlesnakes they had killed.

    The irony was not lost on the newspaper staff, as I'm sure it wasn't lost on you.

    The issue reminded me of a story from my own past, when I was an intern at the Sweetwater Reporter in Sweetwater, Texas. Sweetwater is the home of the world's largest rattlesnake round-up (or so they claim). I wasn't working there at the time of that year's round-up, but I did see a few rattlesnakes that summer.

  • No one likes nuisances, and most people don't like being a nuisance to others (with the possible exception of siblings).

    Some nuisances you can deal with on your own by either going somewhere else or by making the nuisance go elsewhere. But when the nuisance is a house, what can you do?

  • Pushing her 5-year-old daughter, Claire, on the swing set in the back yard of their home on Hundley Lane, Betty Jo Higdon looks like the picture of health. Her face is glowing, her smile is vibrant and her laugh is vivacious. She doesn't look or sound like a person who has been fighting breast cancer for nine months.

  • Ready or not, school is back in session in Marion County.

    While many children (and adults) are still getting used to their new routines, including waking up earlier in the mornings, the overall sense seems to be that students and educators alike are energized and ready to get the school year started.

  • Karen Sypher is unbelievable.

    The police officers who investigated her initial accusations against University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino did not find her credible.

    The jury who listened to the evidence and the testimony during her recently concluded federal trial found her guilty of six counts - threatening communications with intent to extort (three counts), making a false statement to a government agent (two counts) and retaliation against a victim.

  • If you're a news organization, credibility is everything.

    It's your reputation, your standing in the community, even your bread-and-butter as your advertisers will not want to do business with you if you are not a credible source of information.

    To that end, it's very important to check the facts before sending a story to print, putting it on a web site, or broadcasting it over the airwaves.

    And even then, you're bound to make a mistake. It's not just a matter of IF, it's WHEN, because it will happen. And when it does, it's also important to correct that mistake.

  • The Westboro Baptist Church crazies are at it again, and apparently they do not have Bieber fever.

    Recently, the whackos from Westboro protested outside a Justin Bieber concert at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

  • We don't know who did it, and it's possible we never will. Regardless, we hope it doesn't happen again, and neither do local school officials.

    Last week, someone unloaded a pile of old school files into a recycling bin at the City of Lebanon's recycling center on Woodlawn Avenue. Normally, this would be a good thing. Recycling is something more of us should do more often.

  • Our State Rep. Terry Mills has written a column about the results of a recent legislative survey. One question in particular caught my attention.

    "The nation is under increasing pressure to consider alternative energy sources. Would you be willing to have a nuclear power plant in Kentucky considered as an alternative?"

    According to Mills, 58 percent of the people who responded said yes, they would be OK with a nuclear plant in Kentucky. (To read all of the questions and results, read Mills column at www.lebanonenterprise.com.)

  • A wide-ranging survey sent to 1,800 households in my district indicates the public has strong views on several issues tied to state government.

    About three out of four who responded, for example, believe Kentuckians should have the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment that would legalize expanded gaming.  Even more, about 83 percent, believe that if expanded gaming is approved, local voters should then have the right to decide whether they want it in their community.

  • Four years ago, I was waddling around like a fat penguin and being referred to as "sausage toes" by my doctor. The only shoes I could wear were flip-flops and my love for the summer sun was quickly diminishing with every pound I gained.

    Thankfully, for me and the sanity of everyone around me, I was only a few short days away from my planned C-section. It seems fitting that my delivery was planned down to the minute being that I have a touch (just a touch) of obsessive compulsive disorder.

  • It's a cliché in the movies and on television for a teacher to ask his or her students to write an essay about what they did during their summer vacation. If this was a movie based in Marion County, we hope at least a few children would write about their experience at the Marion County Public Library.

    Every summer, the library hosts a summer reading program. Through the program, school-aged children and teenagers have an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, get a meal and expand their minds.

  • "The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress." - Joseph Joubert, French essayist

    Having open discussions is crucial to making progress in any situation.

  • I'm a hypocrite.

    That probably won't be a surprise to anyone who knows me, but it's also the truth in more than one area of my life.

    It's not that I intentionally fall short of my ideals or that I say things with the intention of doing the opposite later. Nevertheless, it happens.

    As I write this, however, one particular thing is on my mind - texting and driving.

  • This past weekend in Marion County, you could have met people from all over the United States as well as Canada, China, England, France and South Korea.

    While we realize this could happen on any given day if you decided to take a tour of the Maker’s Mark Distillery, in this case we are talking about an event at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.

    Jets Over Kentucky 2010 attracted approximately 130 radio-controlled model jet pilots with 214 planes. Each year, this event continues to draw more and more people to central Kentucky for days at a time.

  • A few random thoughts now that I’ve had my fill of international soccer ...

    The World Cup may be over, but I have a feeling we haven’t heard the last of the vuvuzela.

    I’ve heard about an iPhone app, and I’ve already seen and heard actual vuvuzelas during a few recent bouts by the Derby City Roller Girls.