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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: A vote for anti-smoking bill

    Our local legislators, Rep. Brad Montell and Sen. Paul Hornback, said they aren’t interested in passing a statewide anti-smoking bill. This bill should be voted on and passed. Why?

    According to the National Cancer Society, secondhand smoke contains over 4,000 chemical compounds of which more than 60 are known or suspected to cause cancer.

  • LETTER: Questioning the County Clerk

    Spencer County Clerk Judy Puckett calls her actions, regarding the purchase of six Sam’s Club memberships with taxpayer’s money an oversight. Puckett claims the memberships were to be used to purchase office materials.

  • LETTER: Where were the police?

    Where are the police when you need them? On Thursday, December 30th around 7:15 p.m., I was driving down Taylorsville Lake Road when a car in front of me slowed down suddenly.

    I saw that there was a large German Shepherd walking in the road in front of that car. The dog was obviously lost and confused.
    As cars approached, I would flicker my lights to alert them to slow down. Traffic started to back up on my side of the street but continued to “fly” down the other side.

  • LETTER: Good old boys at work again

    (Editor’s note: This letter was read into record at the Jan. 3 Fiscal Court meeting).

    My name is Carmin Gaines and I am a resident of Spencer County, and I was born and raised here.  I own businesses in this county, and I’m the Chair of the Spencer County Democratic party.

    I’m here today to address Judge Karrer.  Judge, while running for the position of Spencer Co. Judge-Executive, you had stated that if you were elected, you would make appointments for jobs in the county based on experience and qualifications.

  • LETTER: Thanks to our school board members

    As a citizen of Spencer County, I’m extremely proud of the students and teachers, the administrators and the service workers who are the heart and soul of the Spencer County School System. And I’m also proud of the district leadership this community has put in place through the members of the Spencer County Board of Education.

    Jeanie Stevens, Scott Travis, Mary Ann Carden, Sandy Clevenger and Shannon Medley aren’t just elected officials. They are employers, friends, family members and in every way an important part of the fiber of our community.

  • To record or not to record . . . there is no question: Record

    With the type of blazing speed that would have made the legendary racehorse Secretariat proud, the Spencer County Fiscal Court yanked the curtains shut on one window of transparency for the new edition of our local government body.

    The court, with only new magistrate Jerry Davis dissenting, stealthily approved a motion on Jan. 3 to stop its own videotaping –­ and recording in general –­ of its meetings.

  • To record or not to record . . . there is no question: Record

    With the type of blazing speed that would have made the legendary racehorse Secretariat proud, the Spencer County Fiscal Court yanked the curtains shut on one window of transparency for the new edition of our local government body.

    The court, with only new magistrate Jerry Davis dissenting, stealthily approved a motion on Jan. 3 to stop its own videotaping –­ and recording in general –­ of its meetings.

  • Former magistrate thanks community

    Many thoughts come to mind while looking back at the last 12 years. roads, parks, water projects, floods, snow storms, ice, and yes, even the thought of an airport.

    Friends and neighbors simply look for someone to talk to for a while in a time of need. As magistrate, I took all of these personal. Together, we developed a relationship with one another and worked hard for our county.

    Over the last few months, I have received many wonderful phone calls and e-mails of support. I appreciate these.