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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: ‘Helpers’ show up at local elementary schools

    When I left The Spencer Magnet office on Thursday, I had the images of happy, dancing children with brand-new shoes on their feet fresh in my mind, courtesy of the One Sole Purpose campaign’s recent work at Spencer County and Taylorsville Elementary schools.
    Because I only work part time, I left work that day not to return until Tuesday. I had already made plans with my editor to write a column on the exciting experience of witnessing hundreds of local preschool, head start and elementary-aged children receive a free pair of Converse tennis shoes Thursday.

  • LETTER: Hire veterans to secure our schools

    After the horrible shooting in Newtown, Conn., we must secure our schools. Our society has grown more violent [and we] need to protect our children. Having trained staff in our schools, as done in Israel, is the only way to buy those two or three minutes for extra law enforcement and medical care to arrive.
    America has thousands of unemployed veterans that need jobs and have put themselves at risk for this country, they would do so for our children in a heartbeat. Israel had a similar problem, armed teachers who were veterans solved the problem. That should be the goal.

  • LETTER: Volunteers needed at fire protection district

    The Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Protection District takes its responsibility seriously. Our community is protected by dedicated and committed emergency service responders who do their jobs when called upon, even at three o’clock in the morning.

  • LETTER: Count your Christmas blessings

    Everyone is getting ready for the Christmas holiday, with people running to and fro, trying to get that special gift before anyone else got it.
    But after all of this, people are not happy. This is supposed to be a time to be happy. We need to go back to that night when it was time for Mary to have her baby.
    She and Joseph had to stay in the stables for there was no room in the inn. So, when Mary had her baby, she laid him in the manger and named him Jesus.

  • LETTER: Enjoying your Christmas gifts

    Christmas is the most wonderful day of the year because it celebrates the birth of our savior Jesus Christ, but some of us think of it as a time to receive gifts.
    I’d like to ask you a question: Do you have a home, clothes to wear, food to eat, a job and family and friends who love you? If you can answer with a yes, then you are enjoying the most precious gifts that anyone could ask for, so what else would anyone need if they have all those things?

  • EDITORIAL: Tech center is good move for school district

    Spencer County High School is undergoing a transformation in the next school year, but passersby won’t be able to tell from the outside.
    The Spencer County Board of Education passed a resolution last month to support SCHS as a location for a career and technical education site.
    We applaud the board members, as well as Principal Curt Haun and Assistant Principal Steven Rucker, for pushing forward to fill this need in the Spencer County educational community.

  • LETTER: Thankful for excellent care

    Recently, I was an inpatient at a local care facility in Taylorsville for rehabilitation after I fell, broke my hip and had follow-up surgery. Though I would have preferred not to have had the physical experience, I made many new friends at the care facility, friends who impacted my life in a positive way and made a difficult stretch much more tolerable.

  • LETTER: Support program is a ‘win-win for the Sheriff’s Department’

    I agree with Sheriff [Donald “Buddy”] Stump’s efforts to obtain needed equipment free from the Department of Defense (DoD).  I am a recently retired officer from the Marine Corps and my last tour of duty was as a site commander of a Marine Corps Reserve Center in Michigan.