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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: I’d rather be safe than sorry

    Monday night I left the office well after dark and headed home just like I do every week day. But Monday was different because I ended up doing something I had never done before — I called in what I thought could have been an impaired driver.
    The driver didn’t cut me off and wasn’t weaving violently between the lines, but several things – including the vehicle’s slow drift into the median and slow drift over the right-hand line, speeds 15 miles below the limit and braking while driving under a clearly green light – caught my attention.

  • COLUMN: Make a resolution you can keep

    When going back over our newspapers from 2012, our staff recognized the tragedies that befell our dear county throughout the year — but we also noticed how the community has pulled together time after time, event after event to help those in need.
    At first, we decided to make our “community of giving” one of the top stories of the year, but we quickly realized there had been such an immense amount of giving in 2012 that it warranted a year-in-review-type story all to itself.

  • LETTER: Thanks for help with Toys for Tots

    Thanks to everyone for another great Toys for Tots year. A special thanks to my helper Dean Curtsinger, who made it without any illness this year; Becky Wilson and her crew for getting all the toys given out; Mary Williams and her helpers for their ability to keep the toys sorted; and not the least, all the places that had the toy boxes and kept us informed on toy counts and pickups.

    Bruce Kapfhammer
    Toys for Tots
     

  • LETTER: Volunteers, givers made county Christmas food giveaway a success
  • COLUMN: Changes are on the way in 2013

    Changes are coming regarding The Spencer Magnet’s editorial and advertising deadlines, and if you ever buy ads, submit letters to the editor, community announcements, wedding or birth announcements — or anything really — you will be affected.
    Beginning the week of Jan. 7, The Spencer Magnet will begin printing its paper in Shepherdsville due to its company’s Shelbyville plant closing.

  • LETTER: Sending love and Christmas cards to St. Jude’s

    Sending Christmas love in a card — yes, that’s what we sat out to do.
    As a family, we sat down and started filling out Christmas cards for children at St. Jude’s hospital fighting cancer. As we sat around one night signing cards, Frank, Billy and Frances pulled my attention toward the schools.
    They said their classmates might want to sign some cards, and from there it went.

  • 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.