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Today's Opinions

  • From our readers - CASA volunteers serve children who suffer abuse and neglect

    Each year over 28,000 children experience abuse and neglect in Kentucky. To paint a picture of the need, the average Kentucky elementary school has 500 students. The 28,000 abused and neglected children could fill 56 elementary schools. This number includes 69 children in Spencer County.

  • Public servants work for you

    Elected officials are given enormous responsibilities by those who elect them. Perhaps the most important is to remember that they serve the public and are accountable to the taxpayer.

    For that reason, elected officials must be transparent, especially when it comes to the use of taxpayer dollars and equipment, supplies and materials purchased with those tax dollars.

  • Productive session ends

    The most productive and significant legislative session in modern history has officially come to an end. Although it was a short, 30-day session, the General Assembly has accomplished more in 2017 than we have in most 60-day sessions.

  • Much accomplished in 2017

    Long nights, intense debate, and media attention from across the globe wrapped up what started as a quiet final week of the 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Minutes before the Senate gaveled out for good, Governor Matt Bevin called this session the most productive in history.  It was truly an honor to work alongside the governor with the new House Majority to pass many great initiatives for our commonwealth.

  • Report child abuse

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and it is a sad commentary on our society when we need a public awareness campaign to remind us how we should care for the most vulnerable among us.

    Last year in Spencer County, officials investigated over 170 reports of child abuse, involving nearly 250 children.

    Child abuse and neglect is not limited to one neighborhood, or social-economic class. It happens across the county, meaning that one of these children who are hurting, hungry, cold or mistreated, may live across the street or down the road from you.

  • From our readers - Former election rival urges Riley to focus on County

    Shame on you John Riley.

    You defeated me two plus years ago in the judge’s general election and I am certainly not a “sore or poor loser.” To the contrary, I am free for the first time in my life.

    As a fulfilled person, I will devote the remainder of my life preparing for the hereafter and being with family.

  • Our history isn’t that long ago

    I’ve always loved history, especially Kentucky history. I can’t recall if Mr. Larry Dixon, my 7th grade history teacher at Belmont Junior High School in Winchester, was a highly skilled communicator or not, but something about that unit on Kentucky History grabbed my attention and never let me go.

    So while compiling this larger than usual issue of The Spencer Magnet has been a busy one for us here at the office, it’s been fascinating for me as well as I was able to do a little research into the 150-year history of this publication.

  • Filter the fake news

    Do you know a chronic fake news perpetuator? Mine is my cousin on Facebook. He spreads fake news like it’s his job. He reacts to each sensational headline with the correct amount of outrage. I don’t think it’s intentional. I think he sees someone else sharing these, he believes them to be true, and he clicks share. It is not a problem of malice; it is a problem of media literacy.