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Opinion

  • Cells, science, ethics, medicine, and morals: just some of the words that describe the world of stem cell research. To the average American, this is just some educated mumbo-jumbo that is hardly worth following. The Bush Administration cooled the flames of stem cell research in early 2001, by limiting the amount of taxpayer dollars that could be spent on the research. 

  • Putting the cart before the horse.

    It's a common mistake when beginning a new project. People get so excited about thoughts of the end result that they innocently skip over some of the most essential steps along the way.

    That is what we believe has happened with the Marion County Historical Society and its plans for a local history museum. The society and its members have hundreds of fascinating items to include in exhibits and a list of possible volunteers to help with the day-to-day happenings at the museum, but several key components are missing.

  • Fewer shavees showed up this year, and less money was raised, but none of that changes the reason Marion County hosted its third St. Baldrick’s Saturday.

  • For the past year, the Marion County Historical Society Board of Trustees has focused on the message of “Opportunity, Challenge, Responsibility.”

  • Poor judgment indeed!

  • As my colleagues and I returned from the 2009 session's five-day hiatus, we quickly resumed our work attending meetings, hearing testimony, studying proposed legislation and approving bills in the House chambers as only 12 days remain in this year's legislative session.

    Legislative committee meetings were full of debate and action this week.  The House Banking and Insurance Committee approved legislation that protects life insurance policyholders.

  • I am writing to express my displeasure with the manner that the staff of The Lebanon Enterprise have conducted a judgment of my receiving and forwarding e-mail.

  • If you search for "white pride" in any Internet search engine, you'll return hundreds of thousands of results. You'll notice quickly that those results contain frequent references to skinhead, neo-Nazi and Klan organizations. Knowing this, maybe you'll understand why we were concerned when a local elected official sent an email to the editor of this newspaper with the subject line "Proud to be white."

    That email came from George Edelen Jr., a city commissioner in Bradfordsville.

  • A killer once stalked me almost snuffing out my young life.

    The deadly force didn't lurk around corners, sneaking quick peeks or huddle outside the shrubs in front of my house - watching, waiting.

    This frightening phantom was hiding inside my chest, little by little, growing over many years.

    It was coronary heart disease.

    The dreaded slayer takes more lives than any other disease in the U.S. and it had my number.

  • Going beyond full measure

    On behalf of the Marion County Board of Education, I am writing to express appreciation for Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly's commitment and diligent work in clearing the county roads for safe school bus travel. We were very pleased to return to school Monday, Feb. 9, after 10 consecutive days of school cancellation. This was made possible because you placed in high priority the resumption of education of our children as soon as possible.

  • Ron Perry, 60, of Lebanon was kicked out of a basketball game at Marion County High School Jan. 23, 2007.

    That incident has triggered a chain of events that has continued for two years, and may end up with Perry testifying before the Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee later this week.

    On that night more than two years ago, Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Jimmy Clements arrested Perry for second-degree disorderly conduct and third-degree criminal trespass.

  • In the aftermath of the 2009 ice storm, many citizens have taken it upon themselves to clean up their yards and haul the debris to staging areas, where it will be processed and hauled away.

    Beyond that, many citizens have even helped family, friends and neighbors to clean up their yards.

    In every community and every corner of the county, citizens can be proud of the work they have done.

  • Continuing down the road of bills being proposed in this session of the Kentucky legislature, we find ourselves staring, or rather, glaring at a bill from Sen. Denise Harper Angel, (D-Louisville). Harper Angel's bill would require fast food restaurants to post calorie counts on drive thru menu boards.

    It also applies to burgers and fries as well as menu items at any restaurant chain with 10 or more locations in the state.

    It has been estimated that drive through windows account for 60 to 80 percent of a fast food restaurant's sales.

  • Peering through my camera lens, listening to the unique sounds of a bagpipe, I bit my lip trying to hold back tears while David Ford's casket was being lowered into the ground Friday afternoon.   These emotions came as a surprise to me.

    Why were my eyes welling up with tears? I didn't know Ford or his family. I was there simply to cover the story, but I found myself grieving. I was grieving for Ford and, even more so, for his children.

  • For two weeks, I've wanted to write a column about the ice storm in Marion County.

    I wanted to write about the many, many good deeds I've heard about during the storm. It's been inspiring to see and hear what people have done for their neighbors and for complete strangers. It's also been inspiring to see this community endure.

  • House members spent much of this, the second week of February, discussing the daunting task of how to address the $456 million budget shortfall that is adversely affecting our state and studying the merits of a revenue bill that has been proposed as the first step on a long road to economic recovery. 

    For more than two months, legislative leaders from both chambers have been meeting to find a solution to our state's dire financial situation and crafted this plan as a compromise that they feel lays the groundwork to help us regain our financial footing.

  • I write this on Sunday night, 13 days after the "Declaration of Emergency" was faxed to State Emergency Management Headquarters and another letter was expedited to the Governor, stating that Marion County was lacking the necessary resources to adequately address the unfolding crisis.

    My first thought is - thank you God - to date Marion County, still to my  knowledge, has not had an ice storm related fatality. All the people in Marion  County, with the good Lords' help, are responsible for this miracle.

  • As we reconvened the February portion of the 2009 General Assembly, one of the first orders of business was to hear Governor Steve Beshear deliver his State of the Commonwealth Address.

    The Governor began by mentioning the devastating ice storm that left thousands of our citizens without electricity and sheer destruction in its wake. I extend my thanks to Governor Beshear for successfully gaining federal aid for our state.

  • As I sat in front of my fireplace Friday morning, I reflected on my blessings and the events of recent days. Due to power outages, my fireplace was my only source of light. I remembered a story of Abe Lincoln doing his homework by the fireside. I tried reading The Lebanon Enterprise by firelight; however, it didn't work too well for me.

    But on to more serious issues: The past week's events are historic in Marion County. Never in modern history has our community been more challenged. The weather-related hardships were countless.

  • Marrett is a good Samaritan

    We would like to publicly show our appreciation to Lebanon City Councilman Kenny Marrett for helping supply our home with heaters and propane during this state of emergency. Without his help, we would have had to endure the frigid weather without any means of heat but blankets. We also understand he was forwarding the heaters to the next family in need. He is definitely a kind and compassionate individual.