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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: No fiddling with cell phones during government meetings

    While covering the Spencer County Fiscal Court Monday, I noticed something disturbing. A couple of magistrates intermittently appeared to be typing on their cell phones during the course of the meeting.

    Now in this day of constant information flow via text messages, Facebook and Twitter, and the unwillingness to separate from one’s cell phone at all, this may not seem like a big deal.

    But this was taking place during a public meeting — in which all communication involving public business is supposed to be available to the audience.

  • COLUMN: Catch onto the recycling spring fever

    Today, as I write, it is 80 degrees outside. Yesterday, it was 50.
    The tree pollen is heavy, vegetation is growing like crazy. My sinuses are killing me. Welcome to spring.
    We have been forced to dodge showers to pick up the litter along our roads, but a lot of progress has been made. I am proud of the effort being put into the project. Anything, including a roadway, looks better when it is clean. It is making a great improvement to the appearance of our county.

  • LETTER: Driver says thank you for help in crash

    Editor’s note: Aimee M. (Rohr) Jewell is the driver of the car that collided with a school bus two weeks ago.

    To those who assisted: I’m indebted to you and wanted to tell each and every one of you that were there, from those who helped my daughter to those who helped me to the EMS staff that responded to the call, thank you.

  • LETTER: Reader says Hesselbrock has earned her vote

    After reading last week’s letter to the editor, I opened the 2010 State Auditor’s report concerning the Spencer County Clerk’s Office. Two things came to mind after reading the report.
    First, why hasn’t the mishandled money been paid back to the county as the State Auditor requested? It seems to me that enough time has passed and the funds due to the county should be paid in full by now.

  • COLUMN: Proud to be a methamphetamine novice

    Much to my parents’ pleasure and my personal and professional well being, I am a novice when it comes to methamphetamine labs.
    The same goes for my coworkers, so I am sure we’ve been at least a little amusing for our local law enforcement officials to be around as we covered the most recent busts in the county.

  • COLUMN: We’re near the end of April, but it’s not too late for some spring cleaning

    We are in the latter part of April, when all the big events are gearing up to put on a show. As of this issue, we have enjoyed the fireworks and flyovers of “Thunder Over Louisville,” and the shows will be ongoing until and including the Derby events.
    Later in the spring we will see many institutes of learning celebrate the graduation of our next group of leaders.

  • COLUMN: Our paper is full of good news

    My least favorite complaint we receive about our paper or media outlets in general is that readers are tired of seeing all of the bad news. Countless times I’ve heard, “All you see in that paper/on that TV station is crime, murder and abuse.”
    Well, please don’t be offended, but if that truly is all you see, you’re simply not looking close enough.

  • LETTER: Hesselbrock brought needed changes to clerk’s office

    What a positive difference just a few months of competent leadership and management can make. Prior to Dec. 1, 2011, the Spencer County Clerk’s Office was suffering from years of mismanagement.
    I recently reviewed the Kentucky state auditor’s report of the Spencer County Clerk’s Office that was released in September 2011.  It is a scathing indictment of how poorly the office was managed. I would like to cite just a few of the most glaring notations from the audit which begin on page 17 of the report: