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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Rain delays spring cleaning

    We have seen more water hit the ground in the past five weeks than many people have ever seen. Water levels have risen to never before seen heights. The overflow at the lake was last seen with water pushed to the bridge.
    All this means that when the waters drop and the sun stays out to dry the ground, we are going to see people catching up on their normal spring activities, from gardening to fishing and boating.

  • 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

  • GUEST COLUMN: Understanding early warning sirens

    The Spencer County Emergency Management Agency has nine outdoor warning sirens located throughout Spencer County. They are designed to inform residents who are outside of a possible emergency. The sirens activate simultaneously countywide during an emergency. The outdoor warning sirens are part of an emergency system designed to provide immediate and valuable information to citizens. The system is not designed to alert those who are within a home or other structure.
    What to do if the sirens
    are activated

  • 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.