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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: EDA ‘decision’ deserves more thought

    Last Wednesday, Spencer County had its own version of “The Decision,” but instead of LeBron James announcing he was taking his talents to South Beach, Judge-Executive Bill Karrer announced he’d be pulling his vote of support to fund the Taylorsville-Spencer County Economic Development Authority.
    Like King James’ decision, whether or not you agree with the message, many are finding fault with Karrer’s method of delivery.

  • LETTER: May is Foster Care Awareness Month

    It’s that time of the year when gardeners are outside planting, weeding and doing the hard work to grow the produce and flowers they will enjoy the rest of the year. It takes a lot of nurturing and care to have a successful garden, but any amount of abuse and neglect can bring ruin.

  • LETTER: Basking in ‘sunlight’

    Tom Snider was the son of Dr. T.J. Snider. He went to a “one room, two room” country school. He came to Taylorsville High School for four years.
    When he graduated, he told Bob Green, the FFA teacher, “I have learned more in your class than in my 12 years of schooling.”
    Twenty years passed. The door bell rang.
    It was Bob Green, Sidney Wyatt and Hubert Hume to see Tom. They came to bask in Bob Green’s “sunlight.”
    It stayed with him all of his life.
    Nellie Snider
    Taylorsville
     

  • EDITORIAL: Open the doors on city government

    The people of Taylorsville need to demand more openness from their mayor and city commissioners. It sometimes seems as if they have forgotten they are elected officials – not appointed or hired by a private entity.
    For weeks, the commission has been deliberating issues like water and sewer rates, city worker pay, solicitation ordinances, emergency response efforts and more. Those are important issues about which the public should be demanding to know more.
    But the meetings are sparsely attended, and it’s time to look at why.

  • LETTER: Nixle is worth the cost

    About a year ago, Police Chief Toby Lewis told me about an Internet application called “Nixle.” I signed up (at no charge) and have been receiving text and email messages alerting me when emergency situations occurred. Any resident of Taylorsville could sign up to receive these notifications. I found them to be very valuable.

  • LETTER: Support diabetes research

    My name is Debby Cannon. My family and I live here in Spencer County. We have a daughter with type 1 diabetes. She’s had diabetes for seven years now and is an active and healthy 11-year-old girl.
    I contribute this to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Since our daughter’s diagnosis, I’ve served on the board of directors for JDRF. The past two years, I’ve been instrumental in the county’s “Carnival for a Cure” held downtown Taylorsville.

  • COLUMN: Keeping it local, and doing it well

    If I’m going to do something, I want to excel at it.
    The reverse is also true: if I don’t pick up something easily, I’m likely to stop trying.
    I never learned how to ride a bike or whistle because it didn’t come easily right away. Occasionally I try whistling again, but I get frustrated and stop nearly as soon as I start.
    I also would rather play caddy for my husband when he plays disc golf than play myself because I’ve yet to master the game. How can I master it when I never play? Good question.

  • COLUMN: Rain delays spring cleaning

    We have seen more water hit the ground in the past five weeks than many people have ever seen. Water levels have risen to never before seen heights. The overflow at the lake was last seen with water pushed to the bridge.
    All this means that when the waters drop and the sun stays out to dry the ground, we are going to see people catching up on their normal spring activities, from gardening to fishing and boating.