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Today's Opinions

  • Empowering state’s teachers

    Early mornings turned to late nights and spirited debate echoed through the House and Senate chambers as we closed in on the final days of the 2017 Legislative Session in Frankfort. A flurry of bills were sent to Governor Matt Bevin’s desk this week, highlighted by measures to empower our Kentucky teachers and create better learning environments for our Kentucky students.

  • “Tim Tebow Bill” passes House

    On March 7, the Kentucky House of Representatives passed House Bill 58, informally dubbed the ‘Tim Tebow’ bill. If signed into law, House Bill 58 would allow homeschool students to participate in public school extracurricular activities for the school in their respective district.

  • From our readers - Viewpoints on issues facing Spencer County

    This is a copy of a message I sent to Judge Riley and all of the Spencer County magistrates who have public email addresses.  (Squire Rogers has no email address available.  Do you, my fellow citizens, agree or disagree?  

    Either way, let your voices be heard by contacting your magistrates or judge, or by attending a fiscal court meeting.

    Here is my opinion on various issues facing the county:

  • From our readers - Animal Shelter is not poorly run

    As director of the Spencer County Animal Shelter in Taylorsville, I would like to emphasize that the shelter report that aired on WAVE 3 last week was not to show that we have a poorly run shelter: indeed, it was quite the opposite and probably the reason there wasn’t more coverage about our shelter. Being listed as one of the neediest shelters in Kentucky means just that: we NEED more to run a shelter that adheres more closely to state shelter regulations. If you watched closely, our shelter looked better than any other shelter in the news segment.
     

  • March Madness is here!

    Despite the snow flurries and the brief return to winter weather, this is a great week in Kentucky. It’s March Madness and this special time of the year offers a brief respite from all the political talk and hate and debate that seems to dominate the airwaves and social media these days.

  • Pace picks up in House

    We are in the final stretch of the Regular Session and the House has been hard at work to better Kentucky, not only on bills from our own chamber, but reviewing Senate bills as well. With just a few legislative days remaining, the brisk pace can be expected right up until the clock runs out. We passed several measures this week, dealing with multiple issues facing the Commonwealth.   

  • Preparing for the worst

    Mike Woodford has been a busy man for several months as he has labored to help the Levee Commission prepare emergency plans that are required as part of the levee recertification process.

    Last week, he held a meeting with local officials to help iron out the process of sandbagging and evacuations in the event of a severe flood event in Taylorsville, and before that, he spent untold hours researching maps, flood plans and past records needed to help put together a plan of action should the waters ever breach the floodwall.

  • Faith and friends get us through

    I didn’t know Joseph Sheeley, but I knew some of his family. I knew some of his friends and some of the adults who interacted with him daily at school. And like so many others in this community who never had the privilege of knowing him personally, I’ve still been grieving his loss.

    Through social media posts, interviews with those who knew him, stories I’ve heard and a video that was made to honor him after his tragic death Saturday night, I feel like I’ve gotten to know him over the last 48 hours. This kind of story just breaks my heart.