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Letters

  • LETTER: Nixle is worth the cost

    About a year ago, Police Chief Toby Lewis told me about an Internet application called “Nixle.” I signed up (at no charge) and have been receiving text and email messages alerting me when emergency situations occurred. Any resident of Taylorsville could sign up to receive these notifications. I found them to be very valuable.

  • LETTER: Support diabetes research

    My name is Debby Cannon. My family and I live here in Spencer County. We have a daughter with type 1 diabetes. She’s had diabetes for seven years now and is an active and healthy 11-year-old girl.
    I contribute this to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Since our daughter’s diagnosis, I’ve served on the board of directors for JDRF. The past two years, I’ve been instrumental in the county’s “Carnival for a Cure” held downtown Taylorsville.

  • LETTER: Vote and make an impact

    Hundreds of thousands of young Americans are serving our military to preserve our way of life, and yet fewer and fewer of our citizens are participating in our democracy.  
    May 17 is our primary election day when Kentuckians will select candidates from their parties for offices such as governor, secretary of state, treasurer, agriculture commissioner and auditor.  Members of Spencer County Farm Bureau hope voters will make their voices heard by casting informed votes for our soon-to-be state government leaders.

  • LETTER: Shine the light on foster care

    May is National Foster Care Month, a time to shine the light on the foster care experience. Let’s start with some figures:
    - More than 6,800 Kentucky children and youth are in out-of-home care, with 75 to 80 percent of those in foster care. Most are placed in temporary foster care due to parental neglect or abuse.
    - The average age of a child in care: 10.7 years.
    - More than 73 percent of the children/youth in care are white; 19.3 percent are black and 4.3 percent are Hispanic.
    - The average length of stay for children in care is 25.5 months.

  • LETTER: ‘Good faith effort’ contract unfair

    Our son is a junior at Spencer County High School. Recently the students participated in state testing. Before testing, they were asked to sign a good faith effort contract. They were told this was a requirement for graduation. This contract states:
    During testing I will:
    I will be on time for every test
    I will have no unexcused absences
    I will answer all parts of the questions
    I will write legibly
    I will focus on testing during the administration time
    I will spend the allotted time on the exam

  • LETTER: Thanks for supporting Organ Donor Awareness

    As Circuit Court clerk of Spencer County, I would like to thank all Spencer County residents for their support of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Organ Donor Awareness Program.  April is National Donate Life Month, and it is a reminder that organ donation truly is the gift of life to a recipient in need. Every day 17 people die waiting for an organ transplant.  The medical miracles that are modern transplants would not be possible without the gift of organ donation.

  • LETTER: Still ‘spring cleaning’ Spencer County

    By the time you read this, the Spring Roadside Litter Abatement Drive will be completed, the high school students sponsoring a can recycling contest to aid the Humane Society will be finished, and the local police agencies will have completed Spencer County’s second nationwide drug collection initiative to keep unused drugs from being flushed into our water supply.
    That was a busy month, but we also have goals for May.
    When the water goes down, I am sure we will have a lot of trash, including old tires, to clean up along our streams.

  • LETTER: A call for change with Planning and Zoning

    Until we see changes with our current Planning and Zoning Commission, I would very highly recommend to anyone that is thinking about opening a business to do it in Bullitt or Shelby counties. You will have a much better chance of your business succeeding. Unlike in Spencer County, they appreciate and welcome new businesses.
    A lot of the times when people open a business, they use their entire life savings to invest in it to get it started as I did when I started Elmar’s BP in Elk Creek.
    It is very hard to start a small business and get it to succeed.

  • LETTER: Praises for a ‘miraculous recovery’

    For several years, I have lived with severe hip pain. The pain kept getting worse. I dismissed it as a case of sciatica. Needless to say, I had massages and took a lot of aspirin. Finally, after not being able to get on my horse or ride my bicycle, I phoned Spencer County Physical Therapy. Owner Becky House told me to drop by for a free evaluation.
    I always thought Elk Creek was a great place to get a good meal and fill up my car with gas. I never expected to meet someone as qualified as Becky at her board-certified clinic. What a surprise.

  • LETTER: Volunteerism articles ‘some of the best’

    I, as well as other readers, have appreciated the series about Spencer County services and volunteerism that Deanna Godman has written, including stories on the mentoring program at Spencer Elementary, the Spencer County Family Resource Center and the Life Long Learning Center.
    I have learned more in the past months about what services and volunteer opportunities are available to our residents than I had been previously aware of.
    The extra research and interviews with those involved have made these articles some of the best in The Spencer Magnet.