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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: Proposed water hike creates sticky situation

    Taylorsville has been rightly abuzz with discussions surrounding the proposed water rate increases the city commission will almost inevitably need to levy due to the state-mandated wastewater treatment facility upgrade slated to begin construction March 28.

  • COLUMN: Help make Spencer a showplace

    When I was young, we had a small population in Spencer County. Even so, we had few wild animals other than rabbits and general varmints. We did have a cleaner landscape as one could drink from a small running branch without much danger of getting sick.

  • LETTER: Get educated about agriculture

    March 13-19 marked the annual observation of National Agriculture Week. This is an occasion when agriculture organizations try to draw attention to the importance of farmers and our agriculture industry.

  • COLUMN: Flattered, but no relation

    Monday afternoon, I walked into the open house at Seven Counties and heard what is becoming a very familiar question. Well, I sort of heard it.
    I struck up a conversation with a very nice lady, and it went a little something like this:
    “Shannon, I saw your article in last week’s paper, and your last name is Brock, so I bet you know what question I’m going to ask,” she said.
    “Yes,” I responded.
    “Well, are you?”
    “Nope, not to my knowledge.”

  • LETTER: Bears led by example

    As we stood on the Henry County gym floor humble in defeat searching for words to express our feelings to those heartbroken young players, I said, “Thanks for a great season. We love you and, man, what a ride we had.”
    We were blessed with great young men playing their hearts out, great fans cheering their hearts out and a great community supporting us along the way with all their heart. Except for an ankle injury to one of the team leaders, we might have been cheering and playing in Rupp.

  • LETTER: Salute our community heroes

    When we think of heroes, we often think of the bravery shown by firefighters, policemen, soldiers and the citizen who jumps in Taylorsville Lake to save a drowning child. They are truly heroes.
    But I have in mind another kind of hero: the heroes who show love and compassion to the elderly and disabled who need help with daily care, special training to regain strength and functioning, intensive medical monitoring, and/or mental stimulation. Mostly, they need love, attention, respect and unconditional positive regard.

  • COLUMN: Hi, Spencer County, nice to meet you

    Two people, aside from my parents, earn credit for the way I’ve turned out as a young adult — and they’re probably not two people you’d expect.
    Who are those people? My best friend’s father and a former youth pastor/current friend.
    As a child, I was very shy and perfectly content huddling up in a corner and watching whatever events were before me unfold. At birthday parties or general gatherings of friends and family, I was much more the observer than the participant.

  • COLUMN: Celebrate Newspapers in Education

    What has a newspaper given you this week? Some useful information about your local government? A weather report, crossword puzzle, or a heartwarming story about triumph over tragedy? Perhaps a newspaper has supplied a great recipe idea or a fun fact about your community. Hopefully it has even helped spur you to action or helped you make a difficult decision about an issue affecting your community.
    If a newspaper can give its adult readers all of those things, imagine the learning opportunities it could give a student in our local schools.