• LETTER: Public servants can get a lot accomplished

    What is a public servant? I believe a public servant is one who walks with God.
    I remember when I was out in sin, the things that meant most to me always referred back to what I could do to promote my own agenda. After I accepted Jesus, I had a different outlook on life. This outlook was to serve Jesus first of all, then Jesus would give me direction to serve others.
    A few weeks ago, one of the girls who worked in my office, said, “Junior, why don’t you run for judge again, we would go in there and give the people a 75 percent tax cut.”

  • LETTER: Work together

    When I talk with the people in our community and I ask them how we can work together to improve our community, I often get this answer: It does not matter how you try to improve things, they (the officials) are going to do what they want to do. Our county can be a thriving and loving community if we all work together and focus on the positives of our hometown.

    Jeanie Smith

  • LETTER: Share ‘both sides’

    I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for running Ashley Scoby’s opinion piece in last week’s newspaper entitled “Spencer County is great, but deserves better.” It was a well written piece that echoed much truth through the eyes of someone who is a talented writer and has taken a bird’s eye glimpse into our community. And yes, she is right, we deserve better.

  • LETTER: Don’t oppose the business because of the circumstance

    A few weeks ago The Spencer Magnet published an article on the front page about a local businessman that had been arrested and charged with the unlawful subjection of two women to sexual contact without their consent. Whether these charges are trumped up, or legitimate, I do not know; I could speculate, but what difference will it make? The charges and arrest have been made and The Spencer Magnet did its job.

  • LETTER: Are stand-your-ground laws a problem?

    Twenty-six states have stand-your-ground laws on the books (including Kentucky). Eric Holder recently has been critical of these laws because he feels they contribute to situations like the one involving Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.
    This was a tragedy.

  • LETTER: Shelburne’s charity softball game a success

    The sixth annual WAMZ Softball Game hosted at Ray Jewell Park that benefits St. Jude, was clearly a winner this year collecting a record amount of $6,200. That amount set the Shelburne team at a grand total raised for St. Jude over these six years, at $17,200.

  • LETTER: No one is perfect

    We all have our mistakes and our shortcomings. Sure, the businessman has to be professional in his position and carry himself appropriately.
    I have seen a lot of people come in and out of the station [Smith’s Service and Tire], bums, blue collar folk, white collar folk, drug addicts, normal Joes and famous folk.
    The sad thing is that all of a sudden, this place is so quiet and cold. All because of somebody that didn’t feel treated fairly.

  • LETTER: Citizen ‘demands’ city halt records destruction

    Editor’s note: This letter was originally submitted as a complaint to City Clerk Steve Biven regarding a recent decision of the City Commission to destroy audio recordings of meetings older than six months. A news article on this subject may be found on page A-1. The open investigation referred to in this letter is regarding McKemie’s communication with the attorney general’s office and a letter sent to the city from that office in September 2012 requesting a host of water rate-related records.

  • LETTER: EMS thankful for anonymous donations

    Spencer County EMS has received two anonymous gifts in the last six months. The first gift came when we were laying new carpet in the conference room of the station. The plan was to lay new carpet in the conference room and shampoo the offices; carpet was also brought and installed in the offices. When I asked the installer, “Who paid for this?” He replied, “I’m not supposed to say.”

  • LETTER: Controlling your tongue

    I preached recently on controlling your tongue. Even though we sometimes try, no one can control their tongue. When I grew up in this little town, when someone told something that did not come out the way it should, we would say your mouth started before your brain was in gear.