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Opinion

  • Marion County's youth stepped up during ice storm

    I would like to commend all the young men who volunteered their own trucks, saws and labor during our recent disaster. From everything I witnessed, we older people will leave Marion County in great hands and good hearts.

    Magistrate Jackie Wicker

  • Driving down Riley-Gravel Switch Road on Friday morning, admiring and cursing the ice that covered the trees and power lines, I noticed a mailbox that read, "COPE."   I passed it by, initially, not giving it a second thought.

    But, after a few feet, I stopped the truck and backed up to take a photo of that icy, rusty mailbox.

    That mailbox spoke volumes to me in regards to the past week in Marion County.

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  • Approximately every two seconds someone in America needs blood. Blood is needed every day for patients with blood disorders, those being treated for burns or undergoing chemotherapy, and premature babies, just to name a few. The need is constant.   However, just 38 percent of the United States population is eligible to give blood and just a fraction of those eligible - 8 percent - actually donate.

  • Inevitably the question will be asked. It may not be tomorrow, the following day or five years from now but it will be asked. It will be asked of Democrats, Republicans and the highly coveted Independents. It will roll smoothly from the tongues of generations that are currently too young to appreciate the significance of the moment. "Where were you when Barack Obama was sworn in as President of the United States?"

    The answer to this question will, in a majority of cases, be two-fold.

  • President should stand up for Bible

    Our new President [Barack] Obama should endorse the Bill of Rights as it is written for all citizens. David fought Goliath!

    He should acknowledge public law 97-280 as good and proper.

    Wisdom comes from God. David was young!

    All of us should read Deuteronomy on the blessings of God and the consequences of not following God's plan. David defeated Goliath!

    The new President as well as citizens should read and stand up for the Bible and fear God.

  • This past weekend, the United Concerned Citizens Organization sponsored a variety of activities to remember the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The events included a march through downtown and a discussion on diversity.

    But looming over everything that happened this weekend was the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

  • The following is adapted from a speech Senator McConnell gave on the Senate floor on Jan. 12, 2009.   Thanks to the trust of the people of Kentucky, I've received the privilege of another term in the U.S. Senate. That's an extraordinary gift from the voters, and I'm grateful to have the next six years to serve our Commonwealth and our country.

    As a new Congress and a new presidential administration begin, I look for lessons from great Kentuckians who have served our state in public office in the past. One who stands out is Wendell Ford.

  • January is School Board Member Recognition Month

    In difficult economic times like these, a community's elected officials face incredible challenges. Often, they are required to make difficult choices and decisions - It's called leadership, and our community is fortunate to have five such individuals on the Marion County Board of Education.

  • Like the last strum of a banjo, the sounds of the 2009 Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff linger in the minds of those who attended this year's festival.

    Those sounds include a return performance by the Hager's Mountain Boys, a North Carolina band that is quickly picking up fans in the heart of the Bluegrass State.

    Those sounds include Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, one of the best touring acts in bluegrass music today.

    And those sounds include hundreds of people from near and far cheering and applauding the performances they were treated to over the weekend.

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  • I've got a great idea for a New Year's Resolution: Get healthy and increase household income by eliminating state taxes on "necessities" and taxing "non-necessities" instead.

    In 2007, my husband and I moved from Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minn., a to the Lebanon-area of Marion County. I love it here. But I think I know why Kentucky is so poor and so unhealthy: "regressive" and excessive tax policies on the necessities of life, and little to none on the "non-necessities".

  • Warning: Ladies, if you haven't watched the two-hour special of The Bachelor on ABC, which aired Monday night, stop reading now! I would hate to ruin your DVR (commercial-free) experience. 

  • Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. - "Jabberwocky" By Lewis Carroll   In general, I respect the History Channel. Its series like "The Universe" provide a greater understanding of the world around us as well as everything around the world.   At the same time, other programming, e.g.

  • On the front page of today's paper and on page A14, we take a look back at the year that was. It's impossible to know what will happen in 2009, so we're throwing away our crystal ball. Instead, we've decided to share some of the headlines we'd love to print in 2009.   Rancho Poultry, Fuel Total Systems ahead of schedule

    Since these two businesses should create hundreds of new jobs in the county, we look forward to the day when they put out the "now hiring" signs. The sooner this gets here, the better. 

  • This New Year I want to wish you a Merry Christmas! I have this strange belief that Christmas can be celebrated every day of the year. I realize Christmas 2008 is a fading memory, but before you place it in your scrapbook of holidays, take a moment to reflect on how you can enjoy the best of Christmas every day of the year. When Christmas is in your heart, you can pull it up and savor the finest aspects of Christmas anytime. But we have to get beyond the nastiness of Christmas memories to the true meaning of the event.

  • The Marion County Honor Guard participated in its 95th funeral of 2008 Monday afternoon.

    It was also the 77th burial at the Lebanon National Cemetery this year.

    It's a funeral that shouldn't have happened, at least, not this soon. It's a funeral that was the direct result of a random act of senseless violence.

    William Scott Miller, 42, of Frankfort was buried Monday afternoon. He died after he was shot while driving on Interstate 635 in Dallas.

  • Profiteering and gouging should not be allowed

    Since the manipulated oil prices are down, it seems that overcharging for food and electrical energy should not be allowed.

    I'm speaking of the increases by the TVA and RECC. Both have no reason to gouge the public like they are.

    If government entities have overspent their budgets, that is not a reason to try and balance the books on the backs of the people.

  • On Jan. 6, the 2009 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly will convene and we are slated to consider many important issues this year.  As your elected representative, I want to know your opinions and thoughts.  Please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire included this column and return it to me.

    Once completed, you may return it by mail to Room 451D, Capitol Annex, Frankfort, KY 40601. You may also fax your response to (502) 564-7690.  I thank you in advance for completing this questionnaire.

  • As I was watching Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer the other night with my 2-year-old, I was reminded of the fact that everything I say (or do) is being closely listened to and, very often, repeated. We were at the point in the program where the abominable snow monster is trying to attack Herbie, Rudolph and Yukon Cornelius. Thankfully, Yukon Cornelius and his ice pick save the day and the trio manage to escape on a glacier into the ocean, putting them out of the snow monster's reach.