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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Must. Get. More. Sleep.

    I am not an exemplary figure when it comes to good sleeping habits. In the past, and even sometimes now, I sleep whenever I can. I also tend to be a night owl and a morning zombie, so the idea of early to bed and early to rise is one I am working to embrace, but I definitely have progress to make in that area.

  • Must. Get. More. Sleep.

    I am not an exemplary figure when it comes to good sleeping habits. In the past, and even sometimes now, I sleep whenever I can. I also tend to be a night owl and a morning zombie, so the idea of early to bed and early to rise is one I am working to embrace, but I definitely have progress to make in that area.

  • COLUMN: This week’s paper is on us

    Many of you were surprised when you went to your mailboxes and found today’s edition of the Spencer Magnet. And, don’t worry – you will not be receiving a bill for this edition – because this one is on us!
    It is important to us to do whatever we can to see that everyone has access to today’s issue because it not only contains our regular A and B sections, but it also has a C section that focuses on health, and it includes our annual Easter section.

  • LETTER: Volunteerism articles ‘some of the best’

    I, as well as other readers, have appreciated the series about Spencer County services and volunteerism that Deanna Godman has written, including stories on the mentoring program at Spencer Elementary, the Spencer County Family Resource Center and the Life Long Learning Center.
    I have learned more in the past months about what services and volunteer opportunities are available to our residents than I had been previously aware of.
    The extra research and interviews with those involved have made these articles some of the best in The Spencer Magnet.

  • LETTER: Bloomfield’s ‘romantic tragedy’

    I would like to add to Mr. Watson’s “Historic Pathways” article, “A Bloomfield ‘romantic tragedy’ ” [from last week’s edition of the Spencer Magnet]. Solomon P. Sharp was born in a log cabin that became the home of my grandparents. William T. Duncan, my granddaddy, built his house around the cabin that still stands today.
    Solomon was one of 10 children. The Sharps moved to Simpson County, then Solomon later entered politics.