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Today's Opinions

  • From our readers - Reader thanks good samaritans

    I want to thank several people (whose names I do not remember) for recently coming to my aide.

    On Saturday, July 16, I was on my motorcycle riding east on Hwy 1169 from Normandy towards Rivals. A deer jumped into my path, and after striking it, the motorcycle and I ended up in a ditch on the right side of the roadway. The motorcycle was upside down and I had a broken arm as well as other serious injuries.

  • From our readers - Protecting our planet

    We are now in the middle of one of the hottest string of high temperatures for our section of the country.

    For that reason, we are going to have our non-profit groups sign up for the Roadside Litter Abatement Summer Program the last three days of August and the first two days of September.  Also, the groups will have all of September to clean the roads they draw, in case we also have a September heatwave.    

  • Culture wars are far from over

    An oft-used tactic to demoralize an opponent  is to act like the contest is over and that their side has lost.

    We see it in sports occasionally when one side is up on the scoreboard and begins to taunt or mock the losing team, only to be humiliated when the underdogs rally to set up a fantastic finish.

    In the culture wars, this past week has very much been a rallying point for those who tout more traditional, conservative viewpoints.

  • From our readers - Levee Trail Committee working with others for common goal

    As the chair of the Taylorsville Levee Trail Committee, I was pleased to see both the article and editorial by Mr. Shindlebower in the August 10, 2016 Spencer Magnet.

    As a clarification, our committee is 100 percent committed to complying with the Spencer County Levee, Flood Control and Drainage District No. 1 (Levee Commission) to ensuring that none of our activities create any adverse impacts to the ongoing recertification process. Having said that, we do not see that working with the Levee Commission toward this common goal will delay the levee trail process.

  • Better safe than sorry

    It would have been easy to quickly dismiss Friday’s phoned-in threat to Taylorsville Elementary School as simply a hoax and resume normal operations. However, school officials and local police are to be commended for taking the threat seriously and going the extra mile to ensure the safety of students throughout the day.

  • DEA blows up pot propaganda

    The high hopes of marijuana advocates went up in smoke last week when the Drug Enforcement Administration refused to remove the drug from their list of Schedule 1 controlled substances.

    In making the announcement, the DEA said their decision was “tethered to science,” noting that there is no known medical benefit, but a high risk of abuse.

    The decision clouds the law, especially in a number of states where recreational marijuana has been legalized, and in even more states where medical use of marijuana is legal.

  • Public awareness key to national security

    Too often we hear of terrorist attacks and deadly incidents that in many cases could have been prevented or somehow lessened. Strange and erratic behavior is sometimes the first clue to a potential danger posed to our community. That is why the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security developed the “Eye on Kentucky” program.

  • Don’t rush the levee trail

    We’ve championed the idea of a trail around the levee for a while, and now that it’s been identified as a priority project in the city’s strategic plan, excitement is building.

    That excitement creates energy and momentum and the last thing needed now is for the wind to be taken out of the sails.

    To be clear, that doesn’t appear to be what the Levee Commission is trying to do as they urge the trail committee to hold off on actual work until they can complete the complex task of having the flood wall recertified.