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Opinion

  • The eighth anniversary of 9/11 has prompted some discredited conspiracy theories to be trotted out once again. 

  • From time to time I get an email offering me an invitation to join facebook. To date, I have and plan to continue to decline this invitation.

    I don't remember when I first heard about facebook. I listened as friends explained to me that they were on it, that they loved it and inevitably that they wanted me to be on facebook, too.

    I've never been a big Star Trek fan, but my perception of facebook is that it is somewhat like the Borg from The Next Generation series. In other words, resistance to facebook is futile.

  • Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon was the place to be Saturday afternoon as nearly 600 children and adults participated in the annual Family Fitness and Safety Day sponsored by the Marion County Fitness and Nutrition Coalition.

    For more than two hours, the Enterprise was there taking photos and it seemed as if every single person had a smile on his or her face.

  • Have you heard the latest one about President Barack Obama? It's not a joke, really. It's also, not really new, either. A small, but vocal group has been repeating it as long as it appeared Obama was on his way to becoming President. I'm referring to the claims being made by the so-called "birthers" who have managed to convince themselves that the President is not a "natural born citizen." It's a ridiculous claim. It's just as ridiculous as believing that 9/11 was an inside job orchestrated by the government. Both claims are disprovable.

  • Growing up in a small town, I always dreamed of eventually moving to a big city and living the big city life. I had it all planned out. I was going to graduate from college and become a reporter at a daily newspaper in a metropolitan city, namely Nashville. I remember even telling people when I would come home to visit during college that my plans were to move to Nashville and work for The Tennessean. I had no desires or intentions to move back to Marion County. I was bored with my hometown. There was "nothing" here for me to come back to, or so I thought.

  • Bela Smith is 86 years old, a Navy veteran and a model ship builder.

    Smith moved to Lebanon about 40 years ago, which is about the same time his interest in model building set sail, so to speak.

    Now, he didn't start building models when he moved here; he's just built a lot more of them since he's been a Kentucky resident.

    Smith is a veteran of both World War II and Korea. He completed his service with the rank of shipfitter third class.

    What is a shipfitter, you ask?

  • Perk (noun) - A benefit given to an employee in addition to a salary, for example, the use of a car or membership in a club.

    A "perk."

    That's how Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith initially described his use of a board-owned vehicle to make the 56-mile round trip drive from his home in Harrodsburg to Marion County and back each day for work.

    That "perk" also included filling the tank with the school district's gas at the bus garage.

  • H1N1, better known as the swine flu, is here. Here meaning North America, the United States, Kentucky. Eventually, it will get to Marion County.

    But depending on who gets infected, we may never really know.

    The bottom line for everyone is that swine flu is something to be aware of, and it's a good reminder of the common-sense precautions we can and should take to reduce the spread of disease, be it a strain of the flu or something else.

  • There certainly is a lot of debate in Congress as well as small town America about the challenge of reforming healthcare/health insurance in the United States today. An impression that I continue to find missed in the popular media is regarding individual choice by consumers and patients to control our own healthcare outcomes and costs. There is a division that seems to be forming in these discussions about the level of control by the government over these choices, which may impact our healthcare decisions.

  • One of my favorite things to do, if I'm not too busy at work, is to take a break and surf the Internet news sites, including online newspapers, for weird or interesting news stories. Many daily papers have a "weird news" or "offbeat" category that includes many of these types of stories.

    Well, last week, I found myself with a few minutes to spare and I decided to surf for little news nuggets of weirdness and man, I hit the jackpot!

  • Sophomore year - Marion County High School's Valentine's Day dance - that's when it started. "It" being my obsession with being tan.

    I remember asking my mom if I could go to the tanning bed so that I could be tan in the little black number I bought for the dance. She hesitantly said yes, but tried to get one of her friends, Mary Lou Marrett, to talk me out of it. Mary Lou warned me of how bad it was for my skin, how it caused premature wrinkles and how it was highly addictive for some people.

  • Earlier this summer, 18-24 year olds from throughout the Lincoln Trail Area Development District were invited to participate in the GEL-IN program.

    The program was designed to encourage young adults to think green and to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and leadership.

    The program ran from July 15-31, and Madison Beach, Brittany Taul, and sisters Dakara, Imari and Shatara Hazelwood were chosen to represent Marion County.

  • "To me, this is about preserving history and making it available to everyone." - Sergey Brin   The above quote is attributed to one of the co-founders of Google, Sergey Brin, a 35-year-old Russian-American computer scientist.   It seemed a little odd to us.

    When you think of the World Wide Web and the Internet you think of new technology. You think of the future - not the past.

  • Summer is typically the time movie studios release their big multi-million dollar blockbusters on big screens all over the country.

    This Friday, July 31, for the first time in a decade, Marion Countians may have a chance to watch a movie on a big screen in Lebanon. It may not be a summer blockbuster ("Happy Feet" is scheduled to be shown), but the first "Cinema at the Square" should be a memorable event (weather-permitting, of course).

  • It was refreshing to see the guest column in the July 15 edition of The Lebanon Enterprise by Brooke Lee. She expressed very well what some students in our community are trying to accomplish to reduce underage drinking. Many people think the problem of underage drinking in Marion County is minimal or doesn't exist. But, talk to teenagers, they will tell you that it goes on all the time.

  • Years ago, when I still lived and worked in Iowa, I was on a plane from Chicago to Omaha when an older man who walked with a cane and severe limp took the seat next to mine.

    He was on his way back to British Columbia, and he still had to switch planes a few more times before he got home. As we talked, I couldn't help asking him about his health issues.

    When I asked him what he thought of Canadian health care system? He said he loved it.

  • This week's Lebanon Enterprise is depressing.

    Any time we have bad news to report, it's depressing, but it's rare that so much bad news happens all at once.

    During the last eight days, Marion County has experienced a murder/suicide, an attempted murder, the arrest of four firefighters (and reports from the Kentucky State Police that more arrests are possible) and a car accident that forced an emergency Caesarean section. More sadly, the baby, Raelyn Michelle "Skeeter" Gribbins, died the day after the accident.

  • I subscribe to The Lebanon Enterprise, which means I receive my copy in the mail late in the afternoon.

  • YAC, or Youth Advisory Council, was started at the high school two years ago by students who felt there was a problem that needed to be addressed. We meet once a month in the morning before school starts.  Being an active member of this club since its beginning has impacted me greatly. We have made a lot of accomplishments that I had never dreamt of.  The purpose of this club is to raise awareness of underage drinking. Among the students at school, I'm in the minority of kids who don't drink.

  • "A good man's gone" That was the headline of my father's column on the opinion page in the April 8, 1981 edition of The Lebanon Enterprise. It was about his buddy, John Sheperson, who he referred to as "Shep," who had been working as a Kentucky State Trooper in Marion County for 11 years and had been promoted to sergeant, which meant he would be working in Morehead instead of Marion County. I was only a year old at the time, so I obviously didn't read this particular piece by my father, but a copy of the article was given t