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Opinion

  • Toward the end of each fall, the General Assembly’s administrative staff takes a closer look at some of the issues it thinks could be debated during the upcoming legislative session, which in 2014 begins on Jan. 7 and runs through mid-April.
    While it is too soon to say how many of the nearly four dozen topics in this year’s publication will be on the House and Senate’s agenda, this early preview nonetheless serves as a handy reference for legislators and the public alike.

  • Dog gone
    On Dec. 5, I arrived home to hear a gruesome account of a brutal killing of a beautiful Akita dog. It was blond in color and it had visited my home off and on for three days. It won my heart over in such a short time. He was a big dog but a playful pup at heart.

  • Buy local. I think we have all heard of, and are aware of, the movement that is taking place all over the U.S. People are developing a strong interest in supporting small local businesses that bring an individual spin on the retail experience and are tailored to their region.
    With Christmas ahead, many of you will be hosting many festivities and family dinners. I hope you will take advantage of the many products and services Kentucky owned businesses offer throughout the region and state, when planning for your events.

  • My parents, like millions of Americans, got up early to seek out some “Black Friday” deals. For the most part, people were able to get away from the stores unscathed.
    But not everyone did.
    Maybe it’s just because we live in a world with 24-hour news stations and social media outlets that allow anyone anywhere to report what is happening around them, but stories about violence between holiday shoppers seem to be a regular part of post-Thanksgiving reports.

  • In need of genealogy help
    I am writing to The Lebanon Enterprise to ask for the help of the residents of Marion and surrounding counties.

  • Our schools may still have a couple of weeks left before Christmas break and the end of the fall semester, but some of the latest “report cards” on Kentucky’s academic progress have already arrived.
    Perhaps the most well known of those came in early November, when the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) gave its latest breakdown of our fourth and eighth grade scores in reading and math.

  • What do you like about yourself?
    Have you ever asked yourself that question?
    It’s not a question we ask ourselves very often, if ever.
    Usually, we focus on the things we don’t like, especially us girls.
    In fact, most of the time we are so focused on the things we don’t like that we lose sight of our positive qualities.
    And, believe it or not, we all have positive attributes.

  • Greetings from Frankfort. It is hard to believe that we are embarking on the end of November and heading quickly into the Christmas season. The year is flying by, and we will soon be into 2014!
    This month has seen a lot of activity here in Frankfort with interim committee meetings hearing various legislative agendas for the 2014 General Assembly. Next week is a welcome respite from this busy pace as we take a moment as a nation to be thankful for blessings, families and friends during Thanksgiving.

  • If Benjamin Franklin had had his way, it’s possible that the centerpiece of most Thanksgiving meals this week would not be the turkey.
    While he did not actually recommend it replace the eagle as a symbol of our nation, he did, in a letter to his daughter, believe that the turkey’s qualities were more virtuous. He called it “a true original of America” and “a bird of courage.”

  • Marion County has nothing to be ashamed of
    I found the column entitled “Going down Marion County’s memory lane” published in the Nov. 13 edition of The Lebanon Enterprise to be quite interesting. Especially when I came across the name of my late father, George W. Trotter.

  • By Alan J. George

    I am struggling to understand why The Lebanon Enterprise chose to publish a guest column that served no purpose other than to allow an individual with an obvious agenda to string together several disjointed ramblings and baseless and unwarranted rants and personal attacks. I am referring, “of course” (to borrow her phrase - see below) to the Nov. 14 guest column from Donna Kapfhammer.

  • By Kevin George

    I read the guest column by Donna Kapfhammer, ironically on the anniversary of my
    mother's 93rd birthday. My father, Dr. Eli George, was Hyleme's brother and my
    mother and Aunt Nonie were as close as sisters. I spent many summer days playing all day with my cousin, Hyleme, Jr. so I know a little about which I speak.
    And why is it significant that I refer to my mother. Anyone who knew Gloria George would know that she was never subservient to my father or anyone else for that matter.

  • Last week, I received a phone call from an angry reader.
    It was my mom.
    If you ask her, she’ll probably tell you she wasn’t angry.
    But, she was.
    She was practically yelling at me. Of course, if you ask her, she was talking in a “normal” tone.
    But, she wasn’t.
    She was ticked.
    Why?
    Well, thankfully, it wasn’t anything I did or said.

  • Maker’s Mark, you let your hometown down
    Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting of a Marion County Sheriff Deputy. It was something that I thought I would never see happen in my hometown and it was something that hadn't happened here in over 100 years. The painful memories for Marion County and Rakes’ sisters and friends have not ceased.

  • On Friday, our country will mark the 50th anniversary of one of its most tragic events: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
    Like the attack on Pearl Harbor before it and 9/11 after it, Nov. 22, 1963, is one of a handful of dates in history where those old enough to remember it will never forget where they were and what they were doing.

  • By Donna Kapfhammer

    I was horrified the day my husband came home for lunch and never returned to work as the editor of The Lebanon Enterprise. Incredibly, it took 36 years for me to realize that we left America’s marijuana capitol.
    When I was 24, I married and moved from Elizabethtown to Lebanon in 1977. My husband, Ron, was the new editor of The Lebanon Enterprise in Marion County.

  • By Senator Mitch McConnell

    For nearly five years, Kentuckians heard President Obama repeat one very familiar phrase: “If you like your current health care plan, you can keep it.” Kentuckians took the president at his word as he echoed this promise over and over again.

  • One of the more persistent challenges facing our country is finding ways to reduce the number of people killed or injured in a traffic accident.
    In one sense, we have come a long way. Four decades ago, for example, the number of highway fatalities regularly topped 50,000 a year, but the figures for 2011 were the lowest the United States has seen since 1949, a testament to tougher laws, safer roads, more focused enforcement and better technology in the cars and trucks we drive.

  • By Rick Arendt
    Guest Columnist

    Recently, The Kentucky Standard had a full-page color ad extolling the virtues (safe, reliable, American, and an opportunity for Kentucky) of the dream project of Williams and Boardwalk called the “Bluegrass Pipeline LLC”. They did not include the “LLC” in the ad. LLC stands for Limited Liability Corporation. This structure protects the assets of the parent companies (Williams and Boardwalk) from any troublesome lawsuits related to the project.