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Today's Opinions

  • MATTER OF OPINION: What do you want?

    A Spencer Magnet subscriber called me last week to complain that the weekly newspaper is not giving him what he wants. Eager to please, I asked what exactly would make him a more satisfied customer.

    The gentleman admitted to being kind of nosy and said that he always looks forward to opening up the Wednesday paper to read about former classmates or his neighbors’ kids that have been caught speeding. The public records printed on page A2 is one of his favorite parts of the newspaper, but lately seem to have been missing.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Budget bill passes the House

    The House budget bill—which we passed last week—is now before the Senate where many of its specifics will surely be modified or replaced with Senate changes. If those modifications reach the House within the next week or so, there is a good chance that the two chambers will be able to go into conference committee and negotiate a final bill before the veto recess begins in late March or early April.

  • LETTER: Severe weather tips

    Tornado season is here, and our community has the chance right now to take some simple steps that can save lives when severe weather hits.

    • Make a home tornado plan: Pick an uncluttered place where family members could seek shelter: a basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet.

    • Create an emergency preparedness kit: Pack a first aid kit and essential medications, canned food and can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries.

  • LETTER: "Blood started to boil"

    As I approach the fifth anniversary of my retirement from the Taylorsville Police Department, my blood has started to boil somewhat over the article on March 17, 2010, concerning Hazardous Duty Retirement.

    The suggestion Mr. Drury made concerning a portion of the employees’ funds be “invested in Kentucky Deferred Compensation and purchase insurance polices that could perform as good or better than hazardous-duty retirement” is absolutely ludicrous.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Making a bad bill even worse

    U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Monday regarding the reconciliation process on the Democrats’ health spending bill:

    Last night marked a turning point in our politics and our nation.

    On a Sunday night in March, with the nation howling in opposition, a bare majority of Democrats in the people’s house ignored the people to claim a win for their party.

    And then they celebrated.  The American people watched all this in utter disbelief.

  • LETTER: Open to anyone searching for a job

    Few of us can say that we don’t know a family that is experiencing hard times due to job loss. Fortunately, we have many resources here in Spencer County to help those in need. The Chamber of Commerce has reached out to organizations in an effort to assist the unemployed in their job search. We call this united effort “JOBS” – Joint Opportunity for Building Success. On Friday there will be a FREE Jobs Readiness Fair & Seminar Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Spencer Christian Church, 5720 Taylorsville Road. This is open to anyone searching for a job!

  • GUEST COLUMN: Senate bills cut waste strengthen education

    This week in Frankfort, the Senate passed bills that strengthen our educational system and cut down on unneeded government waste. We also received the state budget from the House of Representatives and began work on our version of the budget.

  • LETTER: Thanks for keeping our kids safe

    I would like to take a moment to thank Judge Jenkins and his kind and caring office staff, as well as the road department for promptly placing speed limit signs in the Whitfield Meadows subdivision due to our overwhelming speeding issues.

    I would also like to thank the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department for taking the initiative to patrol our subdivision more often to keep our children safe.

    Thank you again. You are very much appreciated!

    Denny Massie

    Taylorsville