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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Businesses still participating – as guests – at Progressive Dinner

    After reading last week’s edition of The Spencer Magnet regarding the Progressive Dinner, I felt that some clarification was needed.
    The implication that some local businesses decided not to participate in the event this year was in fact incorrect.
    This year, some of the businesses decided to participate in a different fashion. We were one of the first to purchase tickets to attend the event and enjoy the beautification of Main Street.

  • LETTER: ‘Good ole boy network’ still in place

    Although I had hoped the election of 2010 would have greatly diminished the good ole boy network in local government, it has not. Carmin Gaines said it very well, the election simply changed the players.
    Judge-Executive Bill Karrer and the magistrates have come against County Clerk Judy Puckett and former EDA director Annette King, citing the rule of law and accountability to the taxpayers. However, the Ethics Commission and Deputy Damon Jewell have gotten a free pass.

  • COLUMN: Band together in times of trouble and comfort

    Not surprisingly, 100 percent of those voting in last week’s poll at www.spencermagnet.com remember where they were when the planes struck the towers of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.
    Some of our staff members shared last week where we were on that horrific day – we all remembered.

  • COLUMN: Sort recyclables before recycling

    I have viewed the beginning discards in our traveling recycling trailer, and must suggest some adjustments pertainmg to the items disposed.
    As of Sept. 6, the disposal compartments have been labeled as to what goes where. We would ask that the paper, plastic, aluminum and metal items be deposited in the proper compartment.
    We have already seen the habit of putting all recyclables in one bag and tossing it. It would be so much better if you can put the proper item in the proper compartment.

  • LETTER: Thanks for help with this year’s Health Fair/Readifest

    To this year’s Spencer County community participants, the Spencer County Family Resource and Youth Service Center would like to thank everyone who made the Health Fair/Readifest event so successful on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Spencer County High School.
    Our sponsors for this year were: Spencer County Cooperative Extension Office, Publishers Printing, Jewish Hospital of Shelbyville, Spencer County Health Department, and Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency.

  • LETTER: Civil Air Patrol memories from 9/11

    In the late afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, the most crowded skies of the world became silent. There were no high streaks of contrails mixing with clouds. The ever present life-saving chatter of air traffic controllers ceased. A kind of strange eerie void had restored the heavens to its pristine past. Nothing man-made moved in the skies above the United States.
    Nothing, except a single small airplane lifting in the late afternoon from Bowman Field en route to the New York area with rare and precious medical supplies.

  • Magnet staff share 9/11 memories

    Editor’s Note: With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States coming up this weekend, Spencer Magnet staff members were asked to share their memories from that tragic day.

    Sept. 11, 2001, started out as a typical Tuesday morning at The Spencer Magnet office.  As typical as a production day can be at a newspaper.

  • COLUMN: City website is step in right direction

    It’s no secret that we here at The Spencer Magnet are in favor of open government.
    We champion just about anything that increases the amount of information the taxpayers get to know about their government.
    And let me remind you, taxpayers, it is your government. The money in the city, county, state, etc., bank accounts no more belongs to those who decide how to spend it than it belongs in my personal checking account.