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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: The other side of free speech

    Free speech is obviously important to me. After all, I’m a journalist. If it wasn’t for the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, the government might be sitting over my shoulder right now telling me what to write. When that type of censorship occurs, you don’t get the truth. You get propaganda – and I have a strong distaste for media propaganda.

  • COLUMN: Be mindful of workers on the road

    I stated last week that the Summer Roadside Litter Abatement Program will be the last week of June, and if all goes well, it will wrap up the first week of July, weather permitting.
    This means when we are on the roads, we need to watch for people helping clean up our roadsides. We have several crooked roads, and we have a lot of cars on the roads, so we all need to be on the watch for what is around the next curve.

  • EDITORIAL: Public comment practice lacks fairness

    By law, publicly elected bodies do not have to hear comment from those who literally put them in their places, and for a while the Taylorsville City Commission didn’t.
    However, within the past couple months, the commission has started taking public comment, but as we pointed out a few weeks ago, there is a catch.
    According to the city’s policy, which is spelled out on agendas for regularly scheduled meetings, citizens wishing to address the commission must make their requests known by noon on the Friday before the Tuesday meeting.

  • LETTER: EDA needs a new direction

    I attended the fiscal court meeting, on June 6, and the Taylorsville City Commission meeting, June 7. The funding of EDA was among the first items on the agenda at both.
    At the Monday fiscal court meeting, the EDA executive director gave a presentation and then had her supporters express their support of her and the EDA.
    After some discussion, the court voted not to fund the EDA and then they moved the $30,000 to the account to fund a consultant for the new planning and zoning laws.

  • LETTER: Triathlon, lake traffic too much to handle

    On June 4 and 5, our state park hosted a triathlon at the lake. They rented the space to them over a year ago, which is great, but the downside is that the lake had since been flooded.
    This is no one’s fault, but since there was a weather emergency due to the flood, there should have been other arrangements for the start of the race.  
    Instead, they took up all the parking at the only open boat ramp leaving no parking for the boaters.
    I personally watched as children cried because parents had to tell them they could not get on the lake.

  • COLUMN: Unsigned doesn’t mean unclaimed

    Whether it’s the collective soft buzz of many or the loud buzz of a few, we’ve been hearing a rumble about our seemingly new practice of penning “unsigned editorials.”
    While it may not be a practice with which some are familiar, it’s not an altogether new idea. For instance, our sister papers in Anderson and Shelby counties do the same thing.

  • LETTER: EDA editorial was ‘out of left field’

    The May 25 editorial was out of left field and a subtle hit job. It reminds me of a politician sitting on a fence. It is no wonder, the individuals didn’t put their names on it. No doubt, Shannon Brock was a driving force in it.

  • LETTER: Thanks, Randy!

    For those of you who don’t know, Randy Wise is retiring as the director of Spencer County Parks and Recreation on June 10. He has supported youth sports in our community for years and has given his time and devotion to the kids of Spencer County.
    My family, like many others in the community, has grown up with Randy and considers him part of the family. I hope the “powers that be” realize this is a very important job in Spencer County and hire someone as passionate. Youth sports are a very important part of this community.