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Opinion

  • Suicide.

    People don't like to talk about it. People don't like to think about it. In fact, the word is taboo in many homes. But, it's something I had to face when I was only 10 years old. One of my very best friends at the time tried to commit suicide by taking an overdose of pills. Thankfully, she wasn't successful.

    I can still remember walking into the hospital to visit her soon after it happened. My mind was racing as my twin sister, mom and I made our way to her hospital room.

  • Remembering our heroes at Christmas

    A wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Lebanon National Cemetery at noon on Saturday, Dec. 13, to honor Lebanon's veterans. The public is invited to participate in what has become an annual tradition throughout the country.

    The Wreaths Across America story began over 15 years ago with a tradition of placing wreaths on the graves of our nation's fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. It has since branched out to include 286 locations, including the Lebanon National Cemetery.

  • For years, I have been telling friends that The Christian Science Monitor is the best newspaper in the United States.

    It's a realization I reached in college while working on a thesis I never completed. I was attempting to compare the coverage of the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979-80 in The New York Times and the Monitor.

    Although I never finished the thesis, my interest in the Monitor grew as a result of the research I did do. I started reading the Monitor off and on for national and international news.

  • I never thought to be writing a column for The Lebanon Enterprise, but I must respond to B.L. Conway’s column of Sept. 17.  In his column he states that we should not fear voting for Obama. He postulates that the three reasons that someone may choose not to vote for Obama is because he is a “man of color”, due to his name and its implications, or because he is a liberal.  He makes the comparison that Jesus was a “man of color” and a liberal.

  • For years, politicians have won elections one of two ways. Either one candidate convinces the voting public that he or she is the best person for the job, or one candidate is so feared by the voting public that the other candidate becomes the lesser of two evils.

  • An opportunity to help

  • In 1789, when our nation’s Constitution was penned, the founding fathers bestowed American citizens with certain rights and liberties that were hard fought for, but needed to establish our great nation. Yet, almost 220 years later, many take for granted one particular privilege that is a foreign concept to numerous other countries.

  • Life can be so unexpected.

    Things can happen in an instant that change your life forever.

  • Election should be an easy choice

  • As I started to write this article, there was a message on the answering machine asking for a yes vote on the nickel tax on Nov. 4. The caller stated, “You will be voting for one nickel period and it will not lead to any more add-ons. It’s to be used for maintenance and renovation of current buildings.”

  • Squished. Squeezed. Squashed. I experienced all three of the above sensations last week when I had my very first mammogram at Spring View Hospital. And let me just say that “squished” is probably the most accurate of the three words above. But, there was also some squeezing and squashing involved. In fact, there are many other descriptive words I could use to describe my mammogram experience but they probably aren’t appropriate for the newspaper.

  • Marion County citizens have heard about the recallable nickel for more than a year. It’s clear that proponents and opponents of the “nickel” see this issue in markedly different ways. For opponents, the nickel is yet another tax on an already overtaxed population. For supporters, the nickel is an investment in local schools and an opportunity to make even greater strides to improve our educational system. No matter what side you are on, we hope when you go to the polls Nov. 4, you base your decision on facts, not fear.

  • This past weekend TG Kentucky celebrated its 10th anniversary in Lebanon.  This is a milestone worth celebrating for any business of any size. It just happens that TG is also Marion County's largest employer with more than 900 employees, according to the company's website. TG marked its milestone in a variety of ways. Local and company officials planted a tree.

  • Vote Palagi

    I am writing in support of Kate Palagi for Lebanon City Council. I’ve known Kate nearly six years and believe her professional experience, community involvement, and role as a mother of three make her an excellent candidate for city council. Kate is a true champion for Lebanon.

  • As a community we have a big decision to make, one that bears life changing consequences. Many citizens wanted to have a voice in the making of this decision therefore, a petition was signed. Now the nickel tax will go to vote. Yep, that's the American way. Either the nickel tax will pass or it won't. But either way there are consequences. Either we use the money of our own taxpayers to better the facilities where the future of Marion County receives their education or we keep our money to ourselves.

  • Holliday was right about Morgan statue

  • Editor's note: The following is a condensed version of the testimony Calvary Elementary School teacher Tammy Parman gave in front of the Kentucky Senate earlier this month.

     

    Teachers know that what gets tested in school is what gets taught. Performance events and math portfolios are examples of this: they are gone. Writing portfolios were reduced from seven to four pieces, and now to three. These reductions made the teacher's job easier, but were they really best for the students?

  • While Congress and President Bush recently completed work on an economic stimulus package for America, farm interests have been pushing for another type of economic boost known as "the farm bill."   Sometimes mischaracterized as a subsidy program for large-scale corporate farms, the nation's farm policy actually goes a long way toward providing a sense of economic stability in rural communities.

  • By all accounts, Mackey Hagan has done a remarkable job as the health insurance agent for Marion County employees.

    During last week's fiscal court meeting, Magistrate John Arthur Elder III said several employees have praised Hagan's service. Marion County Judge-Executive John G. Mattingly added that he was not aware of any negative comments regarding insurance coverage this year.

    That's commendable, but there is something that happened last week at the fiscal court meeting that we find unsettling.

  • While Congress and President Bush recently completed work on an economic stimulus package for America, farm interests have been pushing for another type of economic boost known as "the farm bill."

    Sometimes mischaracterized as a subsidy program for large-scale corporate farms, the nation's farm policy actually goes a long way toward providing a sense of economic stability in rural communities. And it does so with a broad reach.