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Today's Opinions

  • Appeasement is surrendering

    Appeasement, while intended to avoid conflict, often only delays and intensifies it. It’s a lesson taught by history, both distant and recent, but a lesson obviously not learned.

    We saw appeasement in Ferguson, Missouri, last year when riots erupted following a false narrative describing a police shooting. The media continued to push the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” lie that many news outlets have finally admitted was erroneous. That lie only stoked the flames and fueled the fires that set that small St. Louis suburb ablaze.

  • Children should be priority

    Before returning to the Spencer Magnet last month, I spent seven years working for a nonprofit whose mission was to provide healing and hope to abused and neglected children.

    At Sunrise Children’s Services (formerly Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children), there were constant reminders of young lives scarred by mistreatment. The stories were horrific.

    There were children who had been kept in cages and given dogfood to eat. Kids old enough for middle school who had been hidden in secret, never learning their colors and shapes, let alone numbers and letters.

  • From our readers: Crack down on speeders

    There is a legitimate way to increase Spencer County’s income and increase safety within the community at the same time.

    We can do this by taking advantage of the fair number of drivers who are “want-a-bee” NASCAR racers that experiment on HWY 44. Some indeed are probably pretty good because most of them seem to manage to get home each evening. But--on the other hand--you can pity us poor average guys who have to mix it up dodging them while “put-putting” along at our boring rate of 55 MPH.

  • Corrections and Clarifications

    Last week’s story on Sheriff Buddy Stump’s request for new vehicles stated that he was requesting the purchase of a cruiser and a pickup truck. While Stump submitted a bid sheet listing prices for four vehicles – two trucks and two cars for the purpose of comparison, he said he was only requesting one vehicle at the present time, preferably a pickup truck.

  • Down on Main St.

    Do you remember your first date with your spouse? How about when you met your in-laws for the first time? If so, you know the value of a first impression.
    Perhaps you’ve interviewed people for a job, or your daughter brought home a boy for the first time - and once again, that initial greeting can send a powerful message.
    It’s the same with a community.

  • McConnell keeping his word in opposing Obama’s war on coal

    Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, who won re-election overwhelmingly last November, has been taking quite a pummeling from the left of late for daring to actually fulfill a campaign promise. Specifically, McConnell said he would take the fight to the Obama administration in its war on coal, which has already cost thousands of jobs in Kentucky.

  • From our readers: Constitution and Bill of Rights

    George Washington was a Federalist and the first Congress was a majority Federalist assembly. That included both the Senate and House. The Federalists appointed the first Supreme Court and they began to form a Federalist leaning government by their interpretations of the Constitution. A Federalist is one who wants a strong Federal government with little or no States or Individual Rights. The Federalists formed the government that we now have and little has changed.

  • Effort to clean up parks unites community

    Have you ever had that overwhelming feeling of walking into a situation where so much needs to be done that you don’t know where to start? Perhaps you feel it when you need to clean out the garage or attic or after a wind storm knocks down trees and limbs all over your yard.
    You stand back, scan the area and dread the time, effort and energy that will be required for the task. However, five minutes into the job, and the dread slowly dissipates as you begin to see progress.