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Opinion

  • By Charlie Pearl
    Guest columnist

    The Tibetan Buddhist monks from Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in India are gone now, on to other U.S. cities to create world peace sand paintings.
    But those fortunate enough to have spent time with them on their seven-day visit to Lebanon won’t forget the experience.
    Their genuine kindness, gentleness, compassion and love for everybody is contagious. You feel the ripples of peace.

  • On a typical day across the country, our domestic violence programs help more than 64,000 victims, 1,100 of whom live right here in Kentucky.
    But lack of funds, space and personnel mean another 10,000 have to wait for the services they need, including almost 90 here in the commonwealth.

  • “If you are losing faith in human nature go out and watch a marathon.”

  • By Circuit Judge Roger Crittenden
    Chair of the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission

    Imagine facing serious, life-changing legal issues such as bankruptcy, foreclosure, domestic violence and wrongful eviction and not being able to afford an attorney.
    That’s the reality for thousands of low-income Kentuckians.

  • Men of courage and spirit traveled across the globe and visited Lebanon along the way. They brought with them gifts, merchandise and a message of peace. These men taught, learned and loved. 

    And while they may never return, they sure left something behind. 

    Of course, I’m talking about the monks from the Tashi Kyil Monastery, in India.

    I got to experience the monks and their lessons last week in a way different from most. 

    Through the lens. 

  • By Terry Geoghegan and Tom FitzGerald

    Landowners  contacted by the Bluegrass Pipeline Partners LLC, the Williams Company or one of their representatives about selling an easement for the construction of a 24-inch pressurized natural gas liquids pipeline across their property, rightfully have questions about whether granting such an easement is in their interest. 

  • The 9/11 terrorist attack on this country was diabolical and expensive. But far, far more costly than the 3,000 American lives and three buildings lost that day was the subsequent cost … 6,735 young American kids that died on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan (so far) and the trillion dollar-plus  that it cost to prosecute that war.   

  • Consider the quotes and the statements below:

  • By Ryan Craig

    Editor, The Todd County Standard

    Despite the hubbub concerning the Affordable Care Act or Obama Care or (depending on your political leaning) the end of civilization or the beginning of a beautiful tomorrow, I look forward to trying to get different, cheaper insurance.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m kind of like Switzerland when it comes to the idea of a marketplace to shop for insurance.

  • From a historical perspective, it is not much of a stretch to say that some of the Western Hemisphere’s first farmers were Kentuckians.

    That’s because the Red River Gorge in Eastern Kentucky is just one of a few hotspots in North and South America where archeologists say modern agriculture took its first steps. Early bands of pre-historic settlers found its soil and climate ideal to domesticate such wild plants as the sunflower, whose seeds added both flavor and nutrition to their food.

  • The government shutdown is underway. 

    Well, the partial government shutdown is underway.

    The House and the Senate have not yet reached an agreement on a funding bill, and as a result “non-essential” government services have ended and employees have been furloughed. (Members of Congress are still being paid, however.)

    Locally, the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources and Soil Conservation offices are closed.

  • By Delena Trent

    Executive Director, The Caring Place

    For almost 13 years, you’ve listened to me talk to your organizations and churches. You’ve read my articles published in the newspaper and you’ve donated from your hearts. For that, I am so thankful.

    Here are two letters from former clients that tell you the true stories of what they went through before escaping a life of domestic violence and emotional abuse from their partners.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed the 100th anniversary of the post office building in Lebanon and wish everyone could have been there. The pictures showing the progress of the building and its growth from 1911 to 1913 were fascinating! I hope that all builders took pictures back then and still do this today!

    Geri Rucker

    Lebanon

  • We are writing this letter in regard to the Ham Days celebration as we have attended for several years and enjoy it so much. But, this year we were surprised that the shuttle buses had been done away with. They are a great asset to helping the elderly in getting to the celebration without having to contend with the traffic.

    It is wonderful that the idea of Ham Days started in 1969.

    Keep up the good work.

    Rev. and Mrs. Ron Moroni

  • No matter the subject, it seems we always want to know how we compare with others. 

    It happens on the playing field, in the boardroom and in the classroom. It also takes place among the states as they try to gain any kind of competitive edge.

  • By Kaelin G. Reed

  • As we move into fall and our schedules become full with our kids’ homework and after-school activities, it’s always a good time to focus on their safety, too.  Much like the calls and e-mails I receive from constituents in need of the Veteran’s Crisis Hotline, I also receive a number of calls and e-mails from constituents looking for information on the Amber Alert program, as well as the best way to get information on sexual predators in the community.

  • Senator Higdon is wrong

  • The last group of inmates have left Marion Adjustment Center.
    The Kentucky Department of Corrections data shows that on Sept. 16, 14 inmates were being housed at the private prison in St. Mary.
    As of Sept. 17, MAC was no longer listed in the state’s daily count reports (available here: http://goo.gl/gHhMz).
    I apologize for not reporting this sooner. I had the information for last week’s paper, but among the various stories we juggle, I forgot to actually type it.