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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST COLUMN: An 'appalling piece of legislation'

    by MIKE FARRELL

    In a landmark decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, Justice William Brennan wrote this country has “a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.”

    Kentucky legislators failed to honor that principle when they voted to allow elected school board members to evaluate the performance of school superintendents in secret.

  • LETTER: The purpose of government and health care

    The purpose of the federal government is to provide for national infrastructure for states and common- wealth’s and the national defense as expressed and limited by the Constitution of the USA. At the end of the Civil War the states lost a lot of their right to control themselves and their citizens. The Federal government has become our benefactor that knows what is best for us as they see it. The intent of Federal government was not to control the people as they are doing now, before the Civil War that was the states and common wealth’s job.

  • LETTER: Magistrate explains his "no" vote

    A retired employee and friend of mine recently sent a letter to the editor and made certain statements about me and my vote regarding new hires March 23. I feel the need to respond to some of the points he raised. My entire record shows my support for our county employees and our community.

  • LETTER: Need government to correct problems

    I ask the question: what is the real purpose of government?  Is it to try to fix the problems facing the country or sit back and ignore them.  President Obama and the Democratic Congress are trying to fix the problems while the Republican party of “no” is trying to keep the country from moving forward since they oppose helping the people who need these programs. According to an article in the Courier-Journal March 23, Rand Paul and his tea bag followers are also against helping those in need.

  • MATTER OF OPINION: An Easter gift for you

    Happy Easter from our Spencer Magnet family to yours.

    Today, every household in Spencer County has been provided a free sample copy of the Spencer Magnet to enjoy. In this – our largest edition ever – you will not only find news coverage of local issues, but also lively feature articles, sports stories and more than one recipe you can use to impress family and friends this Easter weekend.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Senate bills passed

    As we enter the closing weeks of the 2010 Regular Session, the Senate passed legislation that will improve job opportunities for career and technical students, regulate methadone treatment centers, and crack down on meth traffickers.  We also continued our work on the state budget.

  • MATTER OF OPINION: What do you want?

    A Spencer Magnet subscriber called me last week to complain that the weekly newspaper is not giving him what he wants. Eager to please, I asked what exactly would make him a more satisfied customer.

    The gentleman admitted to being kind of nosy and said that he always looks forward to opening up the Wednesday paper to read about former classmates or his neighbors’ kids that have been caught speeding. The public records printed on page A2 is one of his favorite parts of the newspaper, but lately seem to have been missing.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Budget bill passes the House

    The House budget bill—which we passed last week—is now before the Senate where many of its specifics will surely be modified or replaced with Senate changes. If those modifications reach the House within the next week or so, there is a good chance that the two chambers will be able to go into conference committee and negotiate a final bill before the veto recess begins in late March or early April.