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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: The right person is county clerk

    It’s nice we have a county clerk that will be responsible and honest on the job. It’s fitting that Lynn Hesselbrock be chosen to finish out the position of county clerk, after all, she did run for the position and was a close second. With all the issues in the office why would Judge-Executive Bill Karrer want to appoint someone in the office as a replacement and possibly have the same old, same old problems?

  • COLUMN: Economic development – do you want it?

    A wise editor once told me that most smaller communities suffer in the area of economic development because their leaders don’t want to become economically developed.
    Sure, to your face, they’ll tell you they want to bring in more business, industry and people to their town — they want to see their city grow. But, when given the chance to move forward and urge economic development, they sit quietly, listening for crickets, and failing to second a motion that could move their city forward.

  • LETTER: Home Tour filled with Christmas spirit

    Since moving to Taylorsville 12 years ago, I have attended many wonderful Christmas Home Tours. But, perhaps because of my age or the uncertain times in which we live, this year the tour was especially poignant. Thank you to the hosts and hostesses who shared their homes, church and office with everyone in the community.

  • LETTER: Reader takes issue with county clerk appointment

    To the victor, go the spoils, a high ranking republican told me, concerning the recent appointment of Lynn Hesselbrock to the county clerk’s position. Qualifications? My understanding is Hesselbrock’s experience is based in nursing. Granted she did run for the seat and barely lost, but with a presidential election coming up and taking an office over, that has exhausted its budget.
    I must ask the question, what was Bill Karrer thinking? Another back room secret deal? On the job training?

  • COLUMN: Thoughts from the past week

    While there was no shortage of good ideas for the new Spencer County Public Library at a public meeting last Thursday, I, for one, have to say I was quite disappointed with the turnout.
    I counted around a dozen people at the meeting — and that count included the library director, the architect in charge of the project, a representative from the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, three library board members and this newspaper editor.

  • COLUMN: Each day presents choices, choose wisely

    Each day, we are provided with choices. You alone control not necessarily what your day entails, but how you deal with what comes your way.
    I was reminded of this in full force over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
    I traveled back to Pineville to spend time with family and overall, had a wonderful trip. My mother, however, didn’t quite see it that way.
    Thanksgiving Day went off without a hitch, but Black Friday took quite a literal translation at the Mason household (as a reminder, my maiden name is Mason).

  • LETTER: Donate to fundraiser for Kenyan orphanage

    My name is Nolan Thompson, and I am helping to host a variety show for the benefit of an orphanage in Kenya, Africa. I am writing to tell you a little bit about it.
    When I was in third grade, I watched my mom collect toys, blankets and toothbrushes for homeless people. That really sparked my interest in helping people.
    In May, I did a food drive for Alabama after a tornado hit. I did it because my dad was taking stuff down there and I thought it would be nice to have more people involved in the project.

  • COLUMN: Sexist campaigns aren’t for me

    Marketing was not my major in college, and thus, I don’t claim to know anything about it.
    However, to my untrained brain, any marketing move that blatantly eliminates half of a potential customer base doesn’t seem to be a good one.
    Dr. Pepper recently released a new product that features “10 manly calories” and boasts the slogan, “Dr. Pepper Ten: It’s not for women.”
    Wow, OK, Dr. Pepper. Now that you’ve clued me in, I won’t buy your new product or any of the other ones.