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Matter of Opinion

  • COLUMN: No fiddling with cell phones during government meetings

    While covering the Spencer County Fiscal Court Monday, I noticed something disturbing. A couple of magistrates intermittently appeared to be typing on their cell phones during the course of the meeting.

    Now in this day of constant information flow via text messages, Facebook and Twitter, and the unwillingness to separate from one’s cell phone at all, this may not seem like a big deal.

    But this was taking place during a public meeting — in which all communication involving public business is supposed to be available to the audience.

  • EDITORIAL: Just how healthy are we?

    Spencer County ranks as the 11th healthiest county in Kentucky, which should come as no surprise if you’ve already read the story on the front of this week’s paper.
    Yes, according to the County Health Rankings, released last week and compiled by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, our fair county ranks among the healthiest 9 percent in the state.

  • EDITORIAL: Proposed water hike creates sticky situation

    Taylorsville has been rightly abuzz with discussions surrounding the proposed water rate increases the city commission will almost inevitably need to levy due to the state-mandated wastewater treatment facility upgrade slated to begin construction March 28.

  • No slots without a vote, and no dead horses!

    By Larry Forgy, Guest Columnist

    The slot-machine-at-the-race-track crowd is trying to run daylight by the rooster. They got a Frankfort judge to rule that slot machines with pictures of dead horses can be placed in the race tracks when slot machines with pictures of cherries, oranges and lemons cannot.

  • To record or not to record . . . there is no question: Record

    With the type of blazing speed that would have made the legendary racehorse Secretariat proud, the Spencer County Fiscal Court yanked the curtains shut on one window of transparency for the new edition of our local government body.

    The court, with only new magistrate Jerry Davis dissenting, stealthily approved a motion on Jan. 3 to stop its own videotaping –­ and recording in general –­ of its meetings.