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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Our paper is full of good news

    My least favorite complaint we receive about our paper or media outlets in general is that readers are tired of seeing all of the bad news. Countless times I’ve heard, “All you see in that paper/on that TV station is crime, murder and abuse.”
    Well, please don’t be offended, but if that truly is all you see, you’re simply not looking close enough.

  • LETTER: Hesselbrock brought needed changes to clerk’s office

    What a positive difference just a few months of competent leadership and management can make. Prior to Dec. 1, 2011, the Spencer County Clerk’s Office was suffering from years of mismanagement.
    I recently reviewed the Kentucky state auditor’s report of the Spencer County Clerk’s Office that was released in September 2011.  It is a scathing indictment of how poorly the office was managed. I would like to cite just a few of the most glaring notations from the audit which begin on page 17 of the report:

  • LETTER: ‘Something has to give for progress to be made’

    It’s been a while since I’ve tossed my two cents into the letters section of the newspaper. Truth be known, most of the activities I’ve seen in the past few years have not garnered my interest enough to bother writing. But I must say, that [Judge-Executive Bill Karrer’s] comments regarding economic development have sparked some interest. I was present at the Chamber meeting when Karrer made his comments. If you took one thing away from that meeting, it had to be that Karrer is passionate about our future.

  • COLUMN: Is compromise dead?

    It’s no secret. The political division in Spencer County is probably at a height that residents have not seen in recent years. And, in some ways, it’s about the drastic change in political ideology that the last local election brought. Ultimately, the voters spoke. Now we are seeing the change unfold.

  • LETTER: Shop local, for the love of Taylorsville

    While reading through the letters “From Our Readers” in the March 28 Spencer Magnet, I read a couple of things that really struck a nerve in me and am compelled to share with the community my thoughts.  

  • LETTER: Spencer County, Taylorsville and development

    Having watched and been involved in the course the county, Taylorsville and the EDA have taken since we moved here in 2005 and read about it from 2001, when I started reading The Spencer Magnet, I think I have a good grasp of things.

  • LETTER: Buildings, business ventures should be more open

    While Fiscal Court can’t seem to produce a long term EMS building solution and new citations have been issued for serious health violations to include a fine for EMS, county officials imposed a lock down for the temporary housing for EMS. No unauthorized personnel allowed.
    A chain was installed across the outside stairwell, provoking a violation notice from the Spencer County Fire Chief, for endangering the escape of EMS personnel in the event of fire.
    It appears their goal is to prevent me from causing them any further embarrassment.

  • LETTER: The cost of addiction is too great

    I have seen the face of addiction more than most, having a late family member, seeing the toil taken on families in this community as a paramedic, and suffering the insult of larceny — if we don’t react soon it may be too late.