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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: High-profile topics from the 2013 session

    As the Senate and House allow the governor time to sign or veto 128 bills, let’s review a few high profile 2013 Regular Session topics. Both chambers will recovene Monday, March 25, to finish our work and consider any vetos we need to override. There is still time for you to voice your opinion with the governor, House Democratic leadership and me.

  • COLUMN: My 13-hour filibuster was just the beginning

    If I had planned to speak for 13 hours when I took the Senate floor, I would’ve worn more comfortable shoes. I started my filibuster with the words, “I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA. I will speak until I can no longer speak” — and I meant it.

  • COLUMN: The three legs of open government

    My mom used to have a small, three-legged wooden stool. I don’t remember the stool being used for any reason, just something to set a newspaper or magazine on for a minute.
    It was small and thus not sturdy enough to hold anything of weight.
    But no matter if it was strong and sturdy, the three-legged stool was no good if something happened to one of the legs. It couldn’t stand on just two.
    You’re probably already wondering what a three-legged stool has to do with the newspaper business.
    Open government is a three-legged stool.

  • LETTER: Granddaughter spreads smiles to Signature residents

    This past week I accompanied my granddaughter, Maddie, a senior at Spencer County High School, to Signature HealthCare in Taylorsville. A school project encouraged her to make this visit.
    While there, Maddie shared her sweet smile, love, concern and best wishes by giving a carnation and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day note to each resident. She was welcomed with much love from each one she visited.

  • LETTER: A demand for safer schools

    Once again, I am penning a letter in hopes the Spencer County superintendent and the school board get their heads out of the sand and find the protection of our children at our learning institutions a number-one priority. My previous letter of January this year stated my concerns and specific incidents, which are roughly three months old, and nothing has changed in this time. Haggling the bids for security, evidently an unproductive process as well.

  • The Spencer Magnet remembers Dolly Brock

    Through mere coincidence, my last name is the same as Dolly Brock’s. I married into the Brock family, but it’s a Brock family from nowhere close to here. I’ve fielded many a question as to whether Dolly and I were related, and I’ll only answer it now the way she wanted me to — we’re not sure, but maybe.

  • CLERK'S CORNER: March is farm tag time; office awarded tech grant

    Spring is a busy time for all of us, and the County Clerk’s office is no exception. March is farm tag month, and is traditionally our busiest time of the year. Remember the voluntary $10 donation included in the registration fee benefits the local 4-H, FFA and Kentucky Proud programs. You have the choice to opt out of this donation if you would like to. We appreciate your patience as the lines may be somewhat longer than normal. We will strive to give you the excellent customer service you have come to expect.

  • LETTER: What is he thinking?

    Judge-Executive Bill Karrer never seems to think things out and never has a plan to finish what he starts. From the time he has come into office, he has shot from the hip while blindfolded. He has made so many irresponsible decisions it would be hard to list them all here. He seldom includes the Fiscal Court in his actions and then they have to clean up his mess at the next Fiscal Court meeting. When he first took office, he tried to fire Steve Clark in a seemingly vindictive action and Fiscal Court overturned that action.