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Opinion

  • I've watched a lot of Seinfeld episodes in my day, and I've had a chance to meet and cover some pretty interesting people through my work.

    I bring this up because many people I know and care about are going through some big changes.

    Some are going through big changes in their relationships. Others are preparing to welcome a new life into their lives, and still others will be waiting longer than they anticipated to do so.

  • Animal neglect and abuse have always been with us. Studies have shown that neglect gets worse when unemployment increases, but that it did not worsen following the closing of the Texas and Illinois slaughter houses.

    Moreover, slaughter auctions continue, unabated. Horses are simply hauled to Canada and Mexico. Over 134,000 American horses were slaughtered in 2008, the second highest number since 1995!

    Euthanasia is a humane solution for older horses, when their owners wish to rid themselves of a mouth to feed. The cost is minimal.

  • The Caring Closet, located at 221 West Main Street in downtown Lebanon, needs you!

    The Caring Closet is a thrift store and outreach center that assists women and children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. Our store is open to the public with all proceeds going to help these individuals.

  • Imagine the following scenario:

    You go into the doctor's office for a routine exam. You have a list of errands to run and many other important obligations to tend to, but you decided to take time out from your busy schedule to go ahead and get the exam over with. Sure, the results in the past have always been normal, and you're confident that there is nothing to worry about, but it's better to be safe than sorry, right?

  • Driving around town during Memorial Day weekend you could count on one hand the number of flags displayed. It is so sad that so few bothered to recognize and honor our veterans. What has happened to patriotism?   L.C. Higdon

    Lebanon 

  • This year, Relay for Life is celebrating its 25th anniversary nationwide! As many of you know, Relay for Life is one of the most unifying events that the American Cancer Society has to offer. Communities gather each year to join efforts and raise funds to support the American Cancer Society's mission of fighting cancer through research, education, advocacy and patient services.

    It is for many reasons that hundreds of volunteers participate in Relay for Life each year. For some, they walk proud of the fact that they, themselves, have conquered cancer!

  • Memorial Day gatherings in Marion County have kept alive a tradition that began in 1868 when the holiday - originally known as "Decoration Day" - was first observed. We came together as communities, towns and families to place flowers and flags on the graves of those who gave their last full measure of devotion to our country. But we know our words and actions cannot match the power of the sacrifices made by so many. We honor them. We praise them.

  • "Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."   "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause/who at best knows in the end the tr

  • The year was 1963. Young, charismatic John F. Kennedy was President, a group of shaggy-haired musicians called the Beatles were taking Britain by storm, and the Rolling Stones were trying to win over the hearts of teenage girls. The economy was booming; the cost of a first class postage stamp was four cents and a gallon of gas cost a whopping 30 cents a gallon!

    In 1963, with the average life expectancy of 69 years, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday.

  • Last summer, the announcement - by the governor, no less - that a $43-million chicken processing plant would bring hundreds of new jobs to Marion County was welcome news.

    And just as significant, it would have added some diversity to the county's industrial base.

    The prospect of a new plant opening in the foreseeable future was a reason to remain hopeful, even while the economy continued to decline locally and nationally.

    We expect that many people, including ourselves, are disappointed by the recent announcement that Rancho Poultry will not be coming.

  • For some people, "exercise" is a dirty word.

  • We knew it would come up sooner or later, and we should have known that Bardstown would beat us to the punch.

    The Bardstown City Council recently approved the first reading of an ordinance allowing Sunday alcohol sales in grocery, liquor and convenience stores. It's no surprise that some local residents want Marion County to do the same.

  • In tough times, change is often necessary.

    And there is no question that economically things are still tough. When the economy is bad it affects everything and everyone, and that includes education.

    In response, the leadership team at Marion County High School is planning some changes.

    Unfortunately, we already know that there will be fewer teachers on the payroll next year, and that means the teachers who are left will be asked to do a little bit more.

  • The Loretto Motherhouse will be featured on Kentucky Life on KET1 May 16 at 8 p.m. and May 17 at 4:30 p.m. and on KET2 at 7 p.m. on May 17.

  • Not many things in life are free, but public libraries may be one of the best uses of our local tax dollars.

    The library is where we can educate ourselves, reach out to the world around and let that world into our lives.

  • A few thoughts from the past week:

    As if we needed another reminder that life doesn't always go according to our plans, we now have swine flu in the news.

    In recent years, we've dealt with mad cow and bird flu, and we've previously dealt with chicken and cow poxes.

    Maybe pigs were just late getting in on the act.

    - State and national health officials are urging people to be cautious with regard to swine flu.

  • Thanks to Burger King, I will never be able to look at SpongeBob the same again.

    But, if I'm being completely honest, I never really liked the bright yellow smart allec to begin with, but now I have all the more reason to choose watching my friends Diego and Dora over "Bobby," which is what my son calls him.

  • In today's paper, you'll find a pair of stories about Donald Wayne Smith, who will become the next superintendent of Marion County Public Schools, effective July 1, 2009.

    Newspapers don't always do a good job of explaining why we do what we do, but that's what I will attempt to do with this column.

    These are certain facts we know about our next superintendent - for instance, Smith is 41 years old, married and has three children - but we also realize people in Marion County will want to know more about the next leader of our local school system.

  • Support disabled vets  

    House Bill 20, as written up in an earlier issue of the Enterprise, was passed 97-0.

    It was to give totally disabled vets three free nights a year in our state parks.

    I just found out the Senate threw it out.

    I am very disappointed and feel that it is a slap in the face to Kentucky's totally disabled vets!

    I have written our senators, McConnell and Bunning, and I ask that others write them, too.

    They each have websites that enable you to email them easily.

  • Friday, local and state officials gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking of what will become the Marion County Judicial Center.

    The new center will house the circuit and district courtrooms and the circuit clerk's office. The old courthouse, which was built 74 years ago, has served the county well, but a new judicial center is a necessary expense.