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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST COLUMN: Americans know what they do not want

    The American people have been crystal clear over the past year that they want us to start over with a bipartisan approach to health care reform. They don’t want a massive, partisan plan that will raise taxes, cut our seniors’ Medicare, and spends trillions of dollars.

  • LETTER: Litter pick-up begins last week of March

    We have had a long gloomy winter with colder than normal temps. Now we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it is the sun!!

    In the face of a equally gloomy economy, we have again been funded to continue our roadside litter abatement drives. We also have a glimmer of hope in having more control of our waste tire programs, so all is not lost.

  • LETTER: Returning Census forms helps local schools

    Census 2010 is just around the corner and Spencer County School children need your help, as well as residents of Spencer County. 

    Spencer County residents willing to take 10 minutes to answer 10 simple questions will reap the benefits for the next 10 years. In schools, grant opportunities are greatly impacted by census data.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Working step-by-step on common sense reforms

    It was clear from watching President Obama’s Health Care Summit on Thursday that while the American people strongly oppose the comprehensive plans the president and Congressional leadership have proposed, there are numerous areas where nearly every member of Congress can agree when it comes to health care reform.

     Working step-by-step on these common sense reforms that will lower health care costs is a plan the American people can support.

  • LETTER: Hungry children here need your help

    Not so very long ago I was talking with someone about the ad that I ran in the Spencer Magnet and they wanted to know if I was satisfied with the results?

    The ad was designed to help the Back Pack Buddies Program here in Spencer County. Unfortunately, I had to say, “No”. I might as well have written them a check for $319.00 or purchased that amount of food.

    For those of you who do not know what this program is about, it is as simple as this.

  • LETTER: Make health a priority

    I would like to thank everyone in our community who attended the Heart Health Initiative sponsored by the Spencer County Democrats Executive Committee on Friday, Feb 19.

    Our featured speaker, Lt Gov Dan Mongiardo, outlined three simple steps to achieving wellness: watch your diet, exercise and stop smoking. 

    As a physician, Dr Mongiardo is a dedicated advocate for heart health and I think all who attended came away with a renewed resolve to take more  personal responsibility and to make health improvement a number 0ne priority in 2010!

  • MATTER OF OPINION: A little of this and that

    Judge Executive David Jenkins may have been joking when he suggested the fire protection district contribute to the cost of hiring 911 dispatchers, but it was City Commissioner Kathy Spears who took the issue very seriously.

    At a meeting Thursday afternoon, Spears wanted to know why the Spencer County-Taylorsville Fire Department was not contributing to the cost of dispatch services. Firefighters are, after all, benefiting from 911 just like city police, EMS and the Sheriff’s office. “Why does the fire department pay nothing,” Spears said.

  • MATTER OF OPINION: Buyer beware

    Last week’s story about a plan to build a 24-unit housing complex for low-income families brings to mind the old adage buyer beware. According to one resident, he had no idea that such a plan existed near his home in Old South Plantation. And if the $4 million patio-style homes do materialize, he’s selling. Regardless of how much is spent or how well the apartments blend in with the area, this homeowner said he wants to get out before his investment depreciates.