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Opinion

  • 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.

  • 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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