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Opinion

  • Here you are, a week before Christmas and you still haven't figured out how you'll be filling all the stockings on your list.

    If your list is longer than mine (and it probably is since I'm pretty stingy), you may be wondering what you can get for that co-worker, in-law, parent, or romantic interest. For better or worse, here are a few holiday suggestions.

  • Editor's note: The following is a speech that was given by Hayden Johnson at the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Lebanon National Cemetery Saturday.

    We are gathered here today at this memorial site and memorial sites all across America to remember that we are one nation with one flag. We are all proud to be Americans that live in a free society made up of many people, many races, from many walks of life. The freedoms we enjoy today have not come without a price.

  • Band makes Bradfordsville parade very special

    We from the Bradfordsville community received a wonderful blessing during our Christmas in the Country parade when the award-winning Marion County High School band graced our Christmas festival with their talents. So often the small communities feel left out, but the band and those in charge felt that being a part of the festival was significant enough under near freezing weather conditions to march and perform in the annual parade.

  • The possible bailout of the Big Three American automakers has been prominent in the news for weeks.

    Many people have serious questions about giving money to companies that have a poor record of business management of late. The concerns are all the more understandable since the same people who have put the Big Three in their respective holes are the ones who intend to remain in charge.

  • To many people, it must have been a remarkable picture.

    After months of bitter campaigning, President-elect Barack Obama sat next to Sen. John McCain for a meeting a few days ago. They talked at length about how they could reach across party lines to discuss - and move forward on - some of the nation's most challenging issues.

    If they can do this on a national level, why can't we do it in Kentucky?

  • On behalf of the MCHS girls volleyball team, I would like to express our appreciation to Glen Richardson for his tireless efforts as athletic trainer at the high school. He spends an amazing number of hours advising and treating all the athletes at the school. To have this professional attention so available has made us the envy of most visiting teams who often make comments about Glen's contributions to the health and safety of our students.

  • It's been a while since someone was able to beat the Lebanon Middle School girls basketball team.

    No team has done it either of the last two seasons. To put it another way, the Lady Patriots have won 70 games in a row.

    The LMS girls most recent victory occurred Friday at Rupp Arena in an overtime thriller. With their 40-33 win over Crosby Middle School, the Lady Patriots became back-to-back state champions.

  • I got a lot of problems with you people! And now you're gonna hear about it! Frank Constanza, "Seinfeld", Dec. 18, 1997  

    The Christmas season is here, or should I say, the Christmas shopping season has arrived.

    But that means something else just as important is on the horizon: Festivus.

  • Where did your freedom come from?

    Some will say it is a gift from God, like the rights he gives you as natural, free citizens.

    His 10 Commandments and Lord's Prayer have pointed you in the proper direction.

    Apparently, it has taken many conflicts and wars to maintain our freedom.

    On Dec. 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor, America lost 4,522 dead, wounded and missing. American had time to retool for war then, but not now. It is a nuclear age.

  • Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. It is a chance for us to gather with family and friends to reflect on the great blessings that we enjoy as Americans.

    Of course, we have come a long way since the first Thanksgiving meal celebrated by the Pilgrims at Plymouth in 1621. They had very little food to eat and their shelters did not provide proper protection from the icy cold temperatures of their new homeland.

  • Great American Smokeout 2008   Each year in November, Americans celebrate the American Cancer Society's Great American Smoke Out. This year will be the 33rd such annual event. The Great American Smoke Out is a designated day where smokers from across our nation unite in cause and commit to give up smoking for one day.

  • The most recent Marion County Public Schools' district facilities plan identified Calvary and Lebanon elementary schools, Marion County High School and the Marion County Area Technology Center as the four buildings with the greatest need for construction and renovation.

    Of those four, the Marion County Board of Education frequently spoke about Calvary Elementary and the tech center as the two top priorities.

  • The sparkle in Ellie's eyes said it all when she, along with 46 of her furry friends, were loaded onto the PetSmart Charities' Rescue Waggin' at the Marion County Animal Shelter last week.

    The big kiss she gave community service worker Scotty Johnson was also a clear indication of the puppy's excitement. And, in a way, that wet, soppy kiss was a big thank you.

  • Photos make time stand still.

    They capture moments in life and keep them in that very moment forever.

    Photos are treasures that I hold so dear to me, and apparently many Marion Countians feel the same. Within the past few months, we have been accepting photos for our first ever photo contest and to my amazement and utter glee we had 44 entries. Each photo submitted is unique and special in its own way. Each photo tells a story. And we plan to share those photos with you next week in The Lebanon Enterprise and on our web site.

  • Before I do anything else, I want to acknowledge a factual error in last week's column. In 1984, Ronald Reagan won an overwhelming electoral victory, but it wasn't against Michael Dukakis.

    Alert reader James Spragens notified me of the mistake. Reagan actually ran against Walter Mondale.

    I still stand by the premise of the column. I just wanted to acknowledge the error.

    - Speaking of errors, the unfortunate events that have affected Marion County High School for the past two weeks garnered the attention of Louisville and Lexington television stations.

  • School, students, law enforcement went above and beyond

    As a parent of a student at Marion County High School, I want to commend the administration of the school and the school system, state and local law enforcement for the way in which they handled the recent tragic situation that was encountered by the school, the students and the community at large.

  • Italics: The following column is a reprint of Marion County High School Principal Taylora Schlosser's comments during the Veterans Day ceremony held at the high school Nov. 14.   Thank you. It is an honor to be asked to close our Veteran's Day ceremony.

  • Barack Obama made history in a number of ways Nov. 4. He is now the first African-American President-elect ever.

    He won the most decisive electoral victory since Ronald Reagan thrashed Michael Dukakis in 1984.

    And he's the first Democratic Presidential candidate to receive more than 50 percent of the popular vote since Jimmy Carter.

  • Pizza parties, candy and soft drinks - that's what teachers have routinely given their students as rewards for exceptional performance and behavior. It's been that way for years.

  • Marion County High School, indeed, all of Marion County was affected by the death of student Cody Greenwell Friday. Our hearts go out to Greenwell's friends and family as they cope with their loss.

    Unfortunately, Greenwell's death was intertwined with rumors that someone was thinking of harming students and staff at the high school. Those rumors were going around the high school Friday even both before news of Greenwell's death was known and over the weekend via text messages and the World Wide Web.