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Opinion

  • Last week, I received a phone call from an angry reader.
    It was my mom.
    If you ask her, she’ll probably tell you she wasn’t angry.
    But, she was.
    She was practically yelling at me. Of course, if you ask her, she was talking in a “normal” tone.
    But, she wasn’t.
    She was ticked.
    Why?
    Well, thankfully, it wasn’t anything I did or said.

  • Maker’s Mark, you let your hometown down
    Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting of a Marion County Sheriff Deputy. It was something that I thought I would never see happen in my hometown and it was something that hadn't happened here in over 100 years. The painful memories for Marion County and Rakes’ sisters and friends have not ceased.

  • On Friday, our country will mark the 50th anniversary of one of its most tragic events: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
    Like the attack on Pearl Harbor before it and 9/11 after it, Nov. 22, 1963, is one of a handful of dates in history where those old enough to remember it will never forget where they were and what they were doing.

  • By Donna Kapfhammer

    I was horrified the day my husband came home for lunch and never returned to work as the editor of The Lebanon Enterprise. Incredibly, it took 36 years for me to realize that we left America’s marijuana capitol.
    When I was 24, I married and moved from Elizabethtown to Lebanon in 1977. My husband, Ron, was the new editor of The Lebanon Enterprise in Marion County.

  • By Senator Mitch McConnell

    For nearly five years, Kentuckians heard President Obama repeat one very familiar phrase: “If you like your current health care plan, you can keep it.” Kentuckians took the president at his word as he echoed this promise over and over again.

  • One of the more persistent challenges facing our country is finding ways to reduce the number of people killed or injured in a traffic accident.
    In one sense, we have come a long way. Four decades ago, for example, the number of highway fatalities regularly topped 50,000 a year, but the figures for 2011 were the lowest the United States has seen since 1949, a testament to tougher laws, safer roads, more focused enforcement and better technology in the cars and trucks we drive.

  • By Rick Arendt
    Guest Columnist

    Recently, The Kentucky Standard had a full-page color ad extolling the virtues (safe, reliable, American, and an opportunity for Kentucky) of the dream project of Williams and Boardwalk called the “Bluegrass Pipeline LLC”. They did not include the “LLC” in the ad. LLC stands for Limited Liability Corporation. This structure protects the assets of the parent companies (Williams and Boardwalk) from any troublesome lawsuits related to the project.

  • Today is National Eating Healthy Day.
    No, really, it’s true.
    Gov. Steve Beshear said so.
    So, put that bag of Halloween candy in the trash. Or, at least put it out of your sight for today.

  • A business brief announcing that Steven Glover has started working at The Hair Company included the wrong phone number. The correct number is 270-692-6747.
    Recent stories about the Marion County boys soccer should have identified John May as the goalkeeper.
     

  • Remembering our children
    Every year across the United States and around the world, families must deal with the holiday season after the unthinkable has happened — the death of a precious child.

  • He may have been referring to the members of the Royal Air Force, but when British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,” he could easily have been talking about our own country’s veterans.
    They make up less than eight percent of the United States’ population, but it is no overstatement to say our lives would be very different without their countless contributions and sacrifices.

  • On Nov. 22, 1992, The Caring Place opened its doors to women and children who were abused by their loved ones. Since that time, 6,000 people from Marion, Taylor, Nelson, Washington, Adair, Jefferson, LaRue and other counties have received services from our shelter. From the beginning, the outpouring of generosity and commitment from this community had exceeded our wildest dreams. We received cards and letters of encouragement and recognition from city and county officials, schools, businesses and churches.

  • By Hillary C. Wright
    Guest columnist

    With the latest crop of college graduates out pounding the pavement in their job search, you’ve probably heard the generalizations and seen the hesitation of many employers in the hiring of the millennial. This new generation has been identified by so many undesirable traits that it seems nearly impossible to overcome the reputation.

  • A caption in the Oct. 16 edition incorrectly identified Lexy Cambron as Laura Ackermann in a photo of the Marion County Marching Knights.
    A quote in the article in the Oct. 23 edition about Lebanon Power and Apparatus should have read, "We get calls because we're Lebanon Power and people think we're the utility company," Debbie said.

  • Whenever corporate leaders scout for new locations to expand or re-locate their business, they consider such obvious things as infrastructure, government incentives, taxes and the cost to build.
    Above all else, though, they look at the quality of the local workforce, according to annual surveys done by Site Selection magazine, a national trade publication that tracks economic development.

  • Halloween is tomorrow.
    Obviously, you don’t know who might show up, but I’ve got a few suggestions on what to hand out, depending on who comes knocking.
    - For members of Congress: Duct tape and bailing wire.
    I’m not sure who first said it, but I’ve been told more than once that you can fix anything with duct tape and bailing wire. By now, I would think the federal government has run out of band aids, considering how many they have used in the last few years.

  • By Charlie Pearl
    Guest columnist

    The Tibetan Buddhist monks from Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in India are gone now, on to other U.S. cities to create world peace sand paintings.
    But those fortunate enough to have spent time with them on their seven-day visit to Lebanon won’t forget the experience.
    Their genuine kindness, gentleness, compassion and love for everybody is contagious. You feel the ripples of peace.

  • On a typical day across the country, our domestic violence programs help more than 64,000 victims, 1,100 of whom live right here in Kentucky.
    But lack of funds, space and personnel mean another 10,000 have to wait for the services they need, including almost 90 here in the commonwealth.

  • “If you are losing faith in human nature go out and watch a marathon.”