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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Nixle is worth the cost

    About a year ago, Police Chief Toby Lewis told me about an Internet application called “Nixle.” I signed up (at no charge) and have been receiving text and email messages alerting me when emergency situations occurred. Any resident of Taylorsville could sign up to receive these notifications. I found them to be very valuable.

  • LETTER: Support diabetes research

    My name is Debby Cannon. My family and I live here in Spencer County. We have a daughter with type 1 diabetes. She’s had diabetes for seven years now and is an active and healthy 11-year-old girl.
    I contribute this to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Since our daughter’s diagnosis, I’ve served on the board of directors for JDRF. The past two years, I’ve been instrumental in the county’s “Carnival for a Cure” held downtown Taylorsville.

  • COLUMN: Keeping it local, and doing it well

    If I’m going to do something, I want to excel at it.
    The reverse is also true: if I don’t pick up something easily, I’m likely to stop trying.
    I never learned how to ride a bike or whistle because it didn’t come easily right away. Occasionally I try whistling again, but I get frustrated and stop nearly as soon as I start.
    I also would rather play caddy for my husband when he plays disc golf than play myself because I’ve yet to master the game. How can I master it when I never play? Good question.

  • COLUMN: Rain delays spring cleaning

    We have seen more water hit the ground in the past five weeks than many people have ever seen. Water levels have risen to never before seen heights. The overflow at the lake was last seen with water pushed to the bridge.
    All this means that when the waters drop and the sun stays out to dry the ground, we are going to see people catching up on their normal spring activities, from gardening to fishing and boating.

  • LETTER: Vote and make an impact

    Hundreds of thousands of young Americans are serving our military to preserve our way of life, and yet fewer and fewer of our citizens are participating in our democracy.  
    May 17 is our primary election day when Kentuckians will select candidates from their parties for offices such as governor, secretary of state, treasurer, agriculture commissioner and auditor.  Members of Spencer County Farm Bureau hope voters will make their voices heard by casting informed votes for our soon-to-be state government leaders.

  • LETTER: Shine the light on foster care

    May is National Foster Care Month, a time to shine the light on the foster care experience. Let’s start with some figures:
    - More than 6,800 Kentucky children and youth are in out-of-home care, with 75 to 80 percent of those in foster care. Most are placed in temporary foster care due to parental neglect or abuse.
    - The average age of a child in care: 10.7 years.
    - More than 73 percent of the children/youth in care are white; 19.3 percent are black and 4.3 percent are Hispanic.
    - The average length of stay for children in care is 25.5 months.

  • LETTER: ‘Good faith effort’ contract unfair

    Our son is a junior at Spencer County High School. Recently the students participated in state testing. Before testing, they were asked to sign a good faith effort contract. They were told this was a requirement for graduation. This contract states:
    During testing I will:
    I will be on time for every test
    I will have no unexcused absences
    I will answer all parts of the questions
    I will write legibly
    I will focus on testing during the administration time
    I will spend the allotted time on the exam

  • GUEST COLUMN: Understanding early warning sirens

    The Spencer County Emergency Management Agency has nine outdoor warning sirens located throughout Spencer County. They are designed to inform residents who are outside of a possible emergency. The sirens activate simultaneously countywide during an emergency. The outdoor warning sirens are part of an emergency system designed to provide immediate and valuable information to citizens. The system is not designed to alert those who are within a home or other structure.
    What to do if the sirens
    are activated