en Letters to the editor - ‘Kentucky Proud’ label is deceiving <p> The legislative process can be like making sausage <img src="" alt="State Sen. Jimmy Higdon" title="State Sen. Jimmy Higdon" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> I have reviewed Judge Phillip Shepherd of the Franklin Circuit Court&rsquo;s opinion that was released on June 20. I have respect for the judiciary, but I fully expect this opinion to be expedited straight to the Kentucky Supreme Court. The judge&rsquo;s decision pertained to Senate Bill (SB) 151, but his ruling calls into question a number of bills passed last session. Most notable is the state budget and a bill capping the percentage of payments due by local governments on increased pension payments.<br /> Playing games or developing addictions? <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> &ldquo;Video games are the modern-day version of playing catch.&rdquo;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> I read that quote recently, and while I hate to admit it, I know it&rsquo;s true.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> I have a soon-to-be 12-year-old son. &lsquo;Nough said, right?</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Remembering Andrew Cecil <div id="cke_pastebin"> Recently, I reflected on memories of a great young man, Andrew Cecil. He attended University of Louisville and majored in political science. He was a hardworking and dedicated &ldquo;A&rdquo; student. He never complained even though he was fighting cancer at the same time he was attending UofL. He was taking the last class he needed to graduate but could not finish due to his declining health. He withdrew from the class and a short time later he lost his battle with cancer. He died in October of 2011 at age 25.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> God Bless America <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the values on which our great nation was founded. Written in the Declaration of Independence, these words ring true for all Americans and have held fast for more than two centuries. Ratified on July 4, 1776, the Declaration has long been held in the hearts of the American people as a source of hope and inspiration to protect the freedoms we hold so dear.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Journalism is so important right now <div id="cke_pastebin"> As an editor, even in a small town like Lebanon, I&rsquo;m sure you feel pressure in a day when journalism is being mercilessly attacked and a Maryland newsroom becomes a shooting gallery.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> We citizens are counting on professionals like you to continue fighting for truth, justice, and the American way! We need ethical journalists all over the country now more than ever.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> New Lincoln Trail Youth Academy explores today’s local careers <img src="" alt="Lisa Boone - Guest Columnist" title="Lisa Boone - Guest Columnist" align="left" hspace="6" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> The new Lincoln Trail Youth Academy is offering a summer job like no other. It&rsquo;s an opportunity for young adults to explore local careers in high-demand fields, gain work experience and learn the job search and soft skills they need for long-term success.&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Plus, they&rsquo;ll earn $9 per hour for their time spent at a workplace or in a classroom.&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> A little boy named José <img src="" alt="Stevie Lowery - Publisher" title="Stevie Lowery - Publisher" align="left" hspace="6" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> I can&rsquo;t stop thinking about a 5-year-old little boy named Jos&eacute;.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Jos&eacute; and his father recently fled the violence in Honduras and ventured to the United States, where they were separated at the border. Jos&eacute;&rsquo;s father was arrested and sent to a detention facility, and Jos&eacute; was flown to a foster home in Michigan.&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">