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Opinion

  • By Jama Watts
    Guest columnist

    In the state of Kentucky, October is Archives Month, making it the perfect time to break out the shovels and dig up those ancestors! From 5- 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, the library is hosting a genealogy workshop with yours truly. 

  • The wars military men and women fight on America’s behalf are not always on the battlefield, or at least not what most of us envision when we hear the word “battlefield.” I was vividly reminded of that when I heard the news last week that more than 60 airmen and women from Kentucky’s Air National Guard were preparing to depart to Senegal. Their mission is to help establish a cargo-processing hub for Operation United Assistance, the international effort to battle Ebola in West Africa.

  • Switch to McDonalds and Grimes
    Burger King recently moved their national headquarters to Canada from the United States. Senator Mitch McConnell failed again to close tax loopholes for when corporations move out of the country.

  • Each fall, the National Census of Domestic Violence Services takes a real-time, 24-hour look at the true impact domestic violence has on our country.
    Nearly 90 percent of the United States’ care and prevention programs participate, including Kentucky’s. According to the survey’s latest findings, they provided shelter to more than 36,000 victims on Sept. 13, 2013, the latest year in which information is available, and another 30,000 received non-residential help ranging from counseling to legal advocacy.

  • By Keith Anderson
    Director of News, ECM Publishers

    There are hundreds of beautiful towns in the United States. And each of them has a claim to fame. Whether it’s the Fire Hydrant Capital of the world in Albertville, Alabama, the giant statue of Paul Bunyan welcoming visitors to Brainerd, Minnesota, or the giant ice cream sundae statue in LeMars, Iowa, every city has a desire to be known for something.

  • By Robert M. Williams, Jr.
    National Newspaper Association President

    What do you care most about in life?
    Most of us would put family at, or near, the top of such a list. Friends would be there. So would our jobs or businesses, our livelihoods. Our homes. Maybe our pets. Our hobbies and pastimes. Add in those around us: Neighbors, the community, etc.
    That’s our world, our “sphere of influence.” Whatever happens to those who inhabit that place in our hearts and lives means something to us.
    We monitor.

  •  It’s a tradition for this newspaper to write an editorial the week after Marion County Country Ham Days to praise the Chamber of Commerce and the countless volunteers that make the annual fall festival such a huge success.

    And, each year, it seems the festival continues to grow.

  •  School board an ‘embarrassment’

  • By Ruth Ann Fogle

    In June of this year I had the opportunity to attend a concert at Saint Augustine Catholic Church where I shared an experience I would have never dreamed possible in Lebanon.

  • By Mo Miller

    There is no doubt manufacturing is one of our most critical industry sectors. Last year, manufacturing supported one in six private-sector jobs in America, and it is our state’s top economic driver, representing 17 percent of Kentucky’s GDP. 

  • Unite to end domestic violence
    With domestic violence awareness month approaching in October, it seems the ugliness of this abuse has reached an alarming rate on women and children of professional sports. As fans spend their income on entrance to these games and premium sports channels on television, it makes one pause. How much of their income is donated to the shelters that protect the victims of these rages, athlete or otherwise?

  • Marion County schools have been through several changes in the past five years. Through it all, education professionals, community members and business officials have all stressed that education needs to be a priority.
    That is all well and good, even if people sometimes disagree over what that means.
    But everyone should also remember something else: students are responsible for their own education.
    Parents and teachers do have influence, certainly, but it’s up to each individual student to decide how much effort he or she will put into it.

  • I’ve been traveling a great deal this week to attend my committee meetings. Monday, the Interim Joint Committee on Education met in Lee County. Wednesday, I traveled to Paducah for the IJC on Labor. And Thursday, I was back in Frankfort for the Veterans, Military and Public Protection meeting. It was well worth it as I was able to see so much of our beautiful state and hear the current issues so important to our people.

  • By Kenny Fogle
    Executive Director
    Tri-County Kentucky United Way

  • All you fellow baby boomers will remember that Lebanon provided us with several recreational facilities when we were kids that the children growing up now don’t have.
    These venues included a movie theater, a skating rink, and a bowling alley.
    For many years, the Arista Theater was a fun place to see a movie on weekends. It was located where the new judicial center is now. Also, the drive-in movie theater on the Loretto Road was a gathering place; it is now gone.

  • By Wendell Lawrence
    Executive Director
    Lincoln Trail Area Development District

    Finding talented individuals to fill open positions is one of the greatest challenges businesses in our region face. But the Greater Louisville Region, including the eight counties of the Lincoln Trail Area Development District, has a distinct advantage in developing a pipeline of skilled employees ready for new opportunities.
    That advantage is veteran talent.

  • Some things just make sense.
    Some things make so much sense that there is no reason to debate or have lengthy discussions about them. Sometimes certain things make so much sense that we should all exclaim, “Yes! Let’s do it! Let’s make it happen!”