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Opinion

  • I can’t describe the emotion I felt when I learned of the state retirement system board’s decision to keep its current executive director, extend his contract for 30 months and award him a 25-percent raise – to $215,000 annually.

  • On Nov. 11, our nation will come together as it has for nearly a century to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed their time, talents and even their lives and limbs to preserve our freedom.
    Altogether, there have been more than 40 million men and women who have been part of the U.S. Armed Forces since the Continental Army was first established 240 years ago this past June. Tens of millions more have served, or still are serving, as members of the National Guard and the Reserves, both of which trace their history back even further.

  • What would you think if several miles of a 70-year-old natural gas pipeline in your county was converted to carry hazardous liquids? Industry giant Kinder Morgan plans to do just that. The hazardous liquids are highly explosive and pose a myriad of health and community safety risks, yet they are colorless and odorless, so you won’t know that you’ve driven into a vapor cloud until your car explodes.

  • Artoberfest a huge success; Centre Square is an asset
    On Saturday, Oct. 17, Kentucky Classic Arts and the Marion County Arts & Humanities Council co-hosted a very successful fundraiser called Artoberfest. Because of the generosity of artists, volunteers, and businesses, we raised thousands of dollars for local arts events and education. As one of the event organizers, I am extremely grateful to all involved.

  • By the Reverend Anthony Gilbert
    Minister of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

    From its embryonic formation at the conclusion of the 1980's, the House of Foundation was the starting point, which evolved into the Community Service Center. The person responsible for this benevolent outreach to meet the needs of the less fortunate of Marion County was the Reverend Father Ivo Cecil. It was through his compassionate vision as guided by God that something special had been created and continues to the present.

  • It’s hard to miss with the TV commercials, direct mailers and yard signs soliciting votes – but Kentucky is about to have a general election.
    The candidates, including those running for governor, have done their jobs. Now, it’s up to voters to do their jobs.

  • As a matter of public policy, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and bullying were seldom discussed for much of our country’s history, much less adequately addressed. Thankfully, that era is largely behind us. Today, society is much more aware of these acts of aggression and how to stop them, and as a result, we’re seeing a greater number of victims get the care they deserve.

  • By Carrie Bridgman

  • Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier and the temperature cools considerably. It’s also the time of year when some sports fans start feeling frustrated if their favorite teams or coaches haven’t lived up to expectations. This year’s letdowns remind me of some of the disappointments of years past.

  • On behalf of the AARP Foundation Tax Aide program, I want to recognize the Marion County Extension Office for hosting our Tax Aide site there for more than 10 years. Volunteers from other counties have manned your local site but they are either resigning from their positions or moving to another location. Thus, it is with regret that I must close this site unless we can recruit two or three local volunteers. 

  • In a month where we often turn on the air conditioning during the day but the heat at night, it seems appropriate that October has been set aside nationally to raise awareness of our energy needs.
    This annual designation began nearly a quarter-century ago and gives us an opportunity to especially highlight renewable fuels and energy conservation, twin areas where Kentucky routinely gets high marks.

  • By Warren Hawthorne
    Guest columnist

    Since its opening in 2012, the Marion County Heritage Center has been growing new exhibits. The center now devotes two rooms to Don Johnson, a local trumpet player. It also houses the largest private collection of J.W. Pepper musical instruments. Recently, Friedemann Immer gifted Don Johnson his childhood trumpet, which is on display. Immer is a world-class baroque trumpet player. The heritage center also has a trumpet that is believed to be from the Royal Family of England.

  • Bailey Foxworth's piece, "Sports prepare me for the real world" in the Oct. 7 edition really resonated with me. Foxworth is absolutely right that sports teaches those life skills so necessary to get along in the real world, such as working as part of a team and time management. She was also quite correct in her assertion that not only sports teaches these skills, but also other extracurricular activities, such as band, student government, etc. Congratulations, Bailey, for an excellent piece.
    Harry Toder
    Springfield

     

  • For nearly a decade now, Kentucky has made significant progress when it comes to reducing the number of traffic fatalities in the state. Totals that topped 900 annually between 2002 and 2006 dropped to 638 in 2013, a number not seen since the late 1940s.
    That downward trend, unfortunately, has begun to move in the other direction. Last year’s total was 34 higher than 2013’s, and through the first week of this month, we’re 58 ahead of the same point 12 months ago.

  • By Greg Higdon

    Manufacturers in the Lincoln Trail region and across Kentucky offer abundant prospects for those with the right skills and training. Yet for today’s advanced manufacturers, it’s a challenge to find employees with the right technical and life skills.

  • By Carrie Bridgman

    Last week I took my friend B. to the Waterfront Wednesday concert in Louisville.  B. loves live music and has definite tastes: she likes jazz, blues, folk, easy listening and classic rock. She dislikes heavy metal, punk and New Age music.  She enjoys music with interesting rhythms. The folk rock band we saw last week, Vanderveer, met her standards perfectly. 

  • By Delena Trent
    Executive Director
    The Caring Place

    Women of domestic violence are 70 times most likely to be murdered in the few weeks after leaving their abusive partners than at any other time in the relationship. And the number of children exposed to domestic violence every year is 10 million.

  • I found myself teaching elementary-age students about civics and public service in Casey County this week as part of America’s Legislators Back to School Program.

  • Most Kentuckians know that the commonwealth plays a major role in the auto industry. In fact, only two states produce more cars and trucks than we do. But, far fewer are likely aware that our work in aerospace and aviation has overtaken it.
    Last year, that industry accounted for nearly $8 billion in exports, topping the $5.9 billion generated by our auto parts and assembly factories. Overall, about half of everything that Kentucky ships beyond our borders ultimately goes toward moving people and products over the ground and in the air.

  • By Cathy Wilson

    It’s no secret that women are underutilized in the manufacturing field. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women comprise nearly 50 percent of the total U.S. labor force, yet only account for 27 percent of all workers in manufacturing.