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Opinion

  • More than 50 cities and counties in Kentucky have passed bans on smoking in public places, and we believe Marion County needs to add its name to that list.

    To be honest, we’re pretty darn close to being on that list already.

    Almost all businesses and restaurants in the city and county have made the decision to go smoke-free on their own.

    The final step is for our local leaders to pass a smoke-free workplace ordinance.

    By doing so, they would be making Marion County a healthier place to live and work.

  • Sen. Danny Carroll gave new meaning during the first week of this year’s General Assembly session to the adage “better late than never” by pulling a bill he presented as protecting the personal information of law enforcement officers, judges, social service professionals and even firefighters from criminal crazies seeking retaliation but instead would have greatly increased the burden for law-abiding citizens seeking vital information about their own government. 

  •  As we look forward to the opportunities and possibilities of a new year, many will resolve to improve their career outlooks in 2019. As is the case for any New Year’s resolution, such as eating healthier or saving more money, careful reflection, research and support are critical to your success. 

  •  The start of the New Year - Jan. 3 to be exact - officially marks one year I’ve lived and worked in Lebanon and Marion County.

    One year of writing. More than 250 stories. Thousands of pictures. And many, many people who have invited me into their homes, their businesses, and a few dairy barns, and most importantly, into their lives. 

  • As we usher in the New Year and the 153rd Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly, I’m honored to once again represent our district. 

  •  I will not let the bah humbug get to my Christmas spirit.

    Tis the season of caring and sharing and I feel so fortunate to live and work in an area with so much of that, not only at Christmas but all year long.

  •  The start of the New Year - Jan. 3 to be exact - officially marks one year I’ve lived and worked in Lebanon and Marion County.

    One year of writing. More than 250 stories. Thousands of pictures. And many, many people who have invited me into their homes, their businesses, and a few dairy barns, and most importantly, into their lives. 

  •  Jackie Wicker and Steve Masterson cast their final votes as magistrates on the Marion County Fiscal Court this past Thursday.

    They have been serving this county for 16 years. 

  •  As 2018 comes to a close, I’d like to extend warm wishes and sincere hope that you and your loved ones enjoy a holiday season in good health and full of happiness. I would like to take a moment to say Merry Christmas and happy new year to each of you and your family. My Christmas wish is that we all remember the reason for the season. Peace on earth and goodwill to all.

  • In 1897, Virginia O'Hanlon, who was then 8 years old, wrote a letter to The New York Sun. What follows is the letter and the reply that appeared in the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the Sun.

     

    DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.

    Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'

    Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

  •  The Kentucky Senate Majority recently held elections for our caucus’ leadership positions. While I was honored to serve as the Senate Majority President Pro Tem, Senator David Givens will re-assume the role of Pro Tem.

  •  A controversial nativity.

    A Roman Catholic church in Massachusetts did something this week that ruffled a few feathers. They put out a traditional nativity scene for passersby to see. It has an adoring Mary looking at her newborn, Joseph looking serene, sheep and a donkey, and three wise men who traveled a long way. 

  •  Remember the song: “Greatest Love of All?” It starts with “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.”

  • Recently, after shopping at Walmart, I returned to my car and found a business card on my windshield from a Lebanon Police officer. On the back, it read Good morning and thank you for your service. I truly appreciate the kindness of this officer and being recognized for my service.  More good deeds like this will go a long way.

    Bob Abell

    Calvary

  •  By Sen. Jimmy Higdon 

     

    The Kentucky Senate Majority recently held elections for our caucus’ leadership positions. While I was honored to serve as the Senate Majority President Pro Tem, Senator David Givens will re-assume the role of Pro Tem.

  •  Across the region employers are expanding and creating new jobs, developing a pipeline of skilled workers to counter increasing retirements, or even launching start-ups. It’s encouraging news for job seekers and it’s an excellent indicator of the region’s economic health. 

  •  When I find things I like, especially things that add value to my life, I try to share the wealth and tell people.

  •  Every November, National Adoption Month helps turn the community’s attention to heroic families who navigate a system rife with legal and emotional hurdles, eventually emerging as a happy — if a bit exhausted — adoptive household.

  •  Lately social media has been tiring me. I was watching YouTube one day last week, and a girl was talking about how she was trying to break the habit of picking up her phone and mindlessly scrolling in order to fill time, how she realized how much of her favorite TV shows she was missing out on by scrolling, and how she filled every wait in line, every break in conversation, to pick up her phone. 

  •  As the approaching holidays provide a brief break before the 2019 General Assembly, my wish is that everyone can take time out of their busy schedules to enjoy family and celebrate the reason for the season.