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Today's Opinions

  • Pension may drive state budget debate

    As we approach the holidays I would like to take this opportunity to say Merry Christmas to each of you and to your family. My wish is that you can take time out of your busy schedules to enjoy family and celebrate the reason for the season.

    The holidays provide a brief break before the 2016 General Assembly. The debate of how to address the Kentucky employees’ and teachers’ retirement systems combined estimated $25 billion in unfunded liabilities will likely dominate the session as legislators work to pass the state’s next 24-month budget.

  • Letters to Santa

    In this week’s Magnet, you’ll notice our entire B-section is made up of letters to Santa, written by young children from both elementary schools in Spencer County. This has become an annual tradition with our newspaper, one we know many of our readers enjoy browsing through.

  • Kentucky’s dependency on alcohol is troubling

    Cha-ching. That’s the sound that rings from the chambers of local government whenever a new proposal to sell alcohol is brought up for discussion. It jingled repeatedly last Tuesday during the Spencer County Fiscal Court meeting when Judge-Executive John Riley and County Attorney Kenneth Jones spoke of a change to the county’s ordinance that would allow alcohol sales by the drink on Sundays.

  • Inauguration celebrated history and made it

    As the fog lifted on Dec. 8 for the inaugural celebrations in Frankfort, I was reminded of the smooth transition of power we enjoy in our Commonwealth – and nation.

    In a fitting tribute to that transition Gov. Steve Beshear participated in the parade honoring the person replacing him as chief executive of Kentucky. In addition, former governors Paul E. Patton, Brereton Jones, Martha Layne Collins and John W. Brown, Jr., joined in the parade.

  • Tax credit would help make school choice more affordable
  • Obama off target on ISIL

    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday regarding the President’s insufficient plan to defeat ISIL:
    Monday evening President Obama addressed the Nation concerning the threat ISIL poses to our people.

    Unfortunately, the American people did not hear of a strategy or plan to defeat and destroy this terrorist army. Instead, they heard a restatement of a military campaign crafted to contain ISIL within Iraq and Syria.

  • God has already fixed this

    Sunday evening, I attended two church services, both of which were the telling of the Christmas story through music and drama.

    The first was told through the voices of small children at Spencer Christian Church, a performance my wife helped direct that required rehearsals that began months ago.

  • From our readers: Concerns about apartment expansion are legitimate

    I’d like to address Charlotte Caple’s letter to the editor on December 2nd concerning the “inaccurate” information on the flier she received, alerting neighbors of additional subsidized housing planned for our area.