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Opinion

  • Editor’s note: The following letter, written by George Spragens, chairman and chief executive officer of Farmers National Bank in Lebanon, was emailed to Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser and the members of the Marion County Board of Education on June 5. The Enterprise received a copy, and Spragens granted the Enterprise permission to publish the letter.

     

    Mrs. Schlosser,

     

  • Please, people, do not throw grass clippings on the road. This can make the road very slippery and dangerous, especially to motorcycles and bicycles.

     

    Mary Ann Ohsol

    Lebanon

  • The state budget passed by the General Assembly provides significant support for the farm community, specifically for agricultural development in our rural areas.

    Building up Kentucky’s rural economy is critically important, especially at a time when many of our young people are migrating to urban areas for economic opportunity. We need to make strong investments in local agriculture in order to promote rural economic opportunity.

  • The heat of summer is upon us as we wrap up graduations, prepare children for summer camps, and get ready for vacations. I am proud of the many successful graduates we have here in the 14th Senate District, and I wish them all the best in their future endeavors.
    With the summer and time spent at home, however, comes a series of potential threats to public safety. Recently, I have heard of an uptick in scams, especially phone scams that attack our elderly.

  • I try my hardest to be a very honest person. No one wants honesty, that is a fact, but everyone needs it. Let me unpack that further for you: No one wants honesty, they want to hear/see/receive what they expect in their heads, they aren’t training their ears to hear something different than what they have picked out in their minds already, and that’s why honesty is such a hard pill to swallow.
    Example?

  • My two youngest children attend Calvary Elementary. We purchased our house BECAUSE they would be attending CES. We voted for the recallable nickel because we were promised some of the funds would be used for improvements at Calvary. Now we find out the LPC has decided to push us to the bottom of the priority list because there aren't enough kids that attend? Perhaps it's 

  • “Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership. Always keep your word.” – Brian Tracy

     

    Sometimes our very own words can come back to bite us.

    Especially when they are in print, in black and white, in the newspaper.

    I was reminded of this within the past week while I was writing the news story about the Local Planning Committee’s recent meeting (which starts on page A2). 

  • I grew up between 8 mile (yes, exactly like Eminem) and 10 mile road, right outside of Detroit. A lot of times, when I tell people that I grew up in Detroit, I watch their eyes widen slightly and they immediately ask me if it’s as bad as it looks on TV.

  • ‘Tis the season for commencement speeches.

  • Let me be the first to admit I was not sure what to expect on our 10-night cruise aboard Coral Princess from Ft. Lauderdale to the Panama Canal and back.

    It had been more than 40 years since my wife and I had been on a cruise — and I really wasn’t sure I wanted to be on this one.

    However, am I ever glad that I went. I didn’t just like it. I loved it, and we’ve already signed up for another Princess Cruise.

  • Have you ever met someone who literally does not quit? 

    As in, a person who doesn’t have the “quit” gene, so to speak.

    A person who sets her mind to doing something, and she’s going to do it no matter what gets in her way. No injury, obstacle, deadline or natural disaster is going to get in the way of accomplishing her goal.

  • Across most of the U.S., states are struggling to quell a worsening opiate epidemic. While this is happening, one problem continues to rage on in states across the country.  

    NBC News reported on meth with some shocking results. Not only is meth, also known as ice, crank, speed, chalk and gak, the highly addictive and damaging drug is still a huge problem throughout the US According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, in 2015 meth offenders made up the highest proportion of federal drug offenders in 27 states.  

  • Imagine the difference we could make in the Marion County community if $490,000 in grants were available to our local nonprofit organizations each year. 

    In the next 10 years, nearly $196 million will transfer from one generation to the next in Marion County. That is just our piece of the $7.7 trillion transfer of wealth that will ripple through this country over the next decade. 

  • Spring is upon us in Kentucky. It is a time of celebration with Mother’s Day festivities wrapping up, graduation ceremonies and Memorial Day around the corner.

    This month is also Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and I encourage you to participate in the many events being held around the Commonwealth to raise awareness for this condition. LymeDisease.org has developed a Lyme Disease symptom checklist to help you document your exposure to Lyme Disease and common symptoms.

  • In today’s political climate, government agencies should be going out of their way to be completely transparent.

    Last week, the Marion County Board of Education chose not to when they held a budget work session at noon on a Monday and chose not to record their discussion.

    I specifically asked for the work session to be recorded. 

  • Where was State Rep. Brandon Reed?

    There was a great crowd in Bradfordsville on May 1 for the candidates forum, standing room only.

    All the candidates were present except two, Stephanie Compton, who had a family emergency and sent her regrets. Where was State Rep. Brandon Reed? No one saw or heard a word from him, although he was invited.