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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Set a goal to reduce, reuse, recycle in 2012

    As a big ol’ united world, we set a record Oct. 31. Not only did we celebrate Halloween, we passed a landmark by going over 7 billion people inhabiting our planet. Should we also throw a party for this epic event? I think we need to look at the existing facts of life.
    Of all the existing water sources in the world, only one percent is fit for human use in its present state. Our current fueling systems are polluting the air, and depleting our natural resources. And, in the U.S., we have a serious infrastructure problem.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Start eating healthy!

    Today is Start Eating Healthy Day. On this day, the American Heart Association encourages families and organizations to make small changes to incorporate healthier food choices and increase awareness of the importance of good nutrition.
    Start Eating Healthy Day is about building good cardiovascular health through making great lifestyle choices and emphasizing the benefits of a proper diet.
    The association urges people to focus on food – choosing nutritious items and preparing them in ways that promote heart health.

  • LETTER: County clerk ‘has worn out her welcome’

    I don’t usually write letters to the paper, but in this case I just couldn’t help myself. I have read several issues of The Spencer Magnet reporting on County Clerk Judy Puckett, and I must say I am absolutely appalled at the fact that she still holds an office.
    I have met Judy on several occasions and I have to say she is a rude public official.
    With this money situation, I mean, what kind of person have we elected?  She doesn’t even clerk fiscal court meetings any longer, which is part of her job, and seems to hardly ever be in the office.

  • COLUMN: Polls, Halloween and Election Day

    If you’ll notice, just a bit to your right, we have the results of this week’s poll question. Granted it’s not exactly a controversial topic, we still didn’t get very many votes this week.
    It doesn’t take a mathematical genius to see that, ahem, one-third of our voters were dressing up for Halloween and two-thirds were not.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Cutting Saturday delivery no answer to USPS dilemma

    To ensure its future the United States Postal Service (USPS) must do more than seek short-term fixes to its long-term financial problems. Year after year, the United States Postal Service continues to raise postal rates to cover its growing expenses without adequately addressing its significant underlying organizational and operational issues. Instead it is offering to cut service by eliminating Saturday mail delivery.

  • COLUMN: Introducing and adding solid waste goals

    We have now completed our state-managed waste tire amnesty program of 2011. It started on a wet note, but, although windy, Friday and Saturday were much better than they could have been. I do not have a final tally, but Martin Tire Service hauled several trailer loads to the shredder.
    We now have a four-year wait until our name comes up again, so please make a note to dispose of any scrap tires you may accumulate in a proper manner. It seems that Simpson Creek will have to be added to Salt River on our list of waste tire contaminated streams in Spencer County.

  • COLUMN: Halloween leads us toward family tradition

    Halloween isn’t typically thought of as a holiday steeped in family tradition – at least not for my family.
    Sure, I went trick-or-treating as a child and dressed up in my fair share of costumes, but I can’t put my finger on anything I would count as a tradition.
    However, this year, just a few days before Halloween, I find myself thinking about family quite a bit.
    Halloween is a surefire sign that it’s fall and with fall comes my favorite holiday – my birthday, of course – followed by Thanksgiving and then Christmas.

  • COLUMN: Recycle aluminum and save energy

    As you read this, the Waste Tire Amnesty is history for four years, the Fall Rumpke Curbside Pickup is finished, and we have our non-profit groups lined up to collect the roadside litter for our Fall Litter Abatement Program.
    If you missed the Waste Tire Amnesty, please call me and tell me why, so I can make the necessary adjustments in our method of announcing events to the public at large. If, for some reason, you missed the curbside junk pickup notices, call me and tell me what could be done that would catch your attention.