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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Thanks for supporting Organ Donor Awareness

    As Circuit Court clerk of Spencer County, I would like to thank all Spencer County residents for their support of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Organ Donor Awareness Program.  April is National Donate Life Month, and it is a reminder that organ donation truly is the gift of life to a recipient in need. Every day 17 people die waiting for an organ transplant.  The medical miracles that are modern transplants would not be possible without the gift of organ donation.

  • LETTER: Still ‘spring cleaning’ Spencer County

    By the time you read this, the Spring Roadside Litter Abatement Drive will be completed, the high school students sponsoring a can recycling contest to aid the Humane Society will be finished, and the local police agencies will have completed Spencer County’s second nationwide drug collection initiative to keep unused drugs from being flushed into our water supply.
    That was a busy month, but we also have goals for May.
    When the water goes down, I am sure we will have a lot of trash, including old tires, to clean up along our streams.

  • LETTER: A call for change with Planning and Zoning

    Until we see changes with our current Planning and Zoning Commission, I would very highly recommend to anyone that is thinking about opening a business to do it in Bullitt or Shelby counties. You will have a much better chance of your business succeeding. Unlike in Spencer County, they appreciate and welcome new businesses.
    A lot of the times when people open a business, they use their entire life savings to invest in it to get it started as I did when I started Elmar’s BP in Elk Creek.
    It is very hard to start a small business and get it to succeed.

  • LETTER: Praises for a ‘miraculous recovery’

    For several years, I have lived with severe hip pain. The pain kept getting worse. I dismissed it as a case of sciatica. Needless to say, I had massages and took a lot of aspirin. Finally, after not being able to get on my horse or ride my bicycle, I phoned Spencer County Physical Therapy. Owner Becky House told me to drop by for a free evaluation.
    I always thought Elk Creek was a great place to get a good meal and fill up my car with gas. I never expected to meet someone as qualified as Becky at her board-certified clinic. What a surprise.

  • COLUMN: April showers bring May showers?

    Taylorsville and Spencer County have seen their fair share of rain and floods over the past month and a half.
    This week’s rain made at least the third time in recent weeks that Brashears Creek has left its banks to cover the road and residents on Bowman Lane and West River Road have wondered if they’ll get flooded in – or stuck out – of their neighborhoods. And that’s just naming a few affected areas.
    If you’re anything like me, you’re probably sick of rain, sick of floods and on the verge of being sick of water in general.

  • COLUMN: Thanks, first responders, for having our backs

    A nap to recover from an end-of-week and out-of-town meeting was all that stood in the way of having a nice dinner date with my husband on Friday night.
    Or so I thought.
    Around 6 p.m., however, I found myself awake and hearing one end of a conversation about a tornado warning.
    My mother-in-law called to tell us about the impending storm, so I sleepily dragged my feet into the only real “interior” room in my house – the bathroom.

  • COLUMN: A ‘freshman’ review of the regular, special sessions

    Thanks for taking a moment from your busy schedule to review the 2011 regular and special sessions with me. My freshman experiences were educational and exciting. While it would be easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged, I see great opportunities to make positive changes for our district, state and nation.
    I’m happy to discuss any specific issue with you personally. For now, let’s focus on the two bills, from both sessions, that created a lot of discussion: the Medicaid budget shortfall and Kentucky’s dropout age.

  • Study results are more than just a ranking

    Congratulations, Spencer County.  In the April 6 edition of the Spencer Magnet, Editor Shannon Brock reported the encouraging news that Spencer County was ranked 11th in overall health out of 120 of Kentucky’s counties according to the 2011 County Health Ranking study (Story is reprinted above.).

    This is a yearly study conducted by the University of Wisconsin Population Institute in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.