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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Cancer touches everyone, everywhere

    When I was 10 years old, or maybe 9, my grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I didn’t know what that meant. I just knew she got really sick, really fast.
    On January 21, 1995, I lost the last of my living grandparents to this ugly disease. I remember my mom getting the phone call to come to the hospital in a hurry. I remember my dad carrying me into my great aunt’s house. I remember pretending to be asleep when my great aunt Bonnie got the call that her sister had died.

  • LETTER: Thanks for ‘giving hope’

  • LETTER: Lapp’s columns are ‘excellent’; marriage is commitment-centered

    I want to applaud  Dr. John Lapp’s articles that appear in our Magnet. Each one is excellent.  
    With my 35 years in the field of mental heath and 58 years of marriage (with eight children), I feel my judgment is more that just a casual opinion regarding his last column on love and marriage.

  • COLUMN: ‘Pet Idol’ is more than a contest

    As you may have noticed, we have quite the contest going on right now. The 2012 Pet Idol contest boasts a total of over $875 in prizes — not to mention you get to see your pretty little pets in the paper each week through Aug. 8. And while we enjoy seeing all of your cute critters, I feel it’s necessary to remind you of the seriousness that fuels this contest.
    All money raised during this year’s contest goes toward our Newspapers in Education program, which places newspapers in the classrooms in our schools.

  • LETTER: With Chuck Adams, our schools’ future is bright

    As a former student, teacher, school administrator and school board member, our school system has always been a source of pride. Things have not always been as they should, but currently things could not be better, nor could the system be in better hands because of its leadership.
    With Superintendent Chuck Adams receiving the state’s highest leadership award, “The Spirit of Leadership,” each and every parent and citizen should take great comfort in the fact that our system is headed in the right direction.

  • LETTER: ‘Let our elected officials take care of business’

    I am at a serious loss as I sit here and read about [the July 2] Fiscal Court meeting. Why is it that Lawrence Trageser continually has his nose in the wrong place. This man seems to have nothing better to do than to torment county officials. Why are we putting up with this?
    Apparently this man has an issue with everything that goes on in Spencer County except the fire department at the moment. He seems to have befriended members of the department.

  • EDITORIAL: Troubling trend stifles open government

    A troubling trend is emerging from city and county government officials of increased difficulty and decreased transparency for citizens to voice concerns and request information from their local government. That is unsettling to us here at The Spencer Magnet.

  • LETTER: Elected officials should seek answers in the right places

    I believe some of our Fiscal Court members are listening to the wrong people. I ask each one of you to watch out for these people who are trying to keep your court confused and a racket going in your court. Be sure and take a look and see how much these kind of people have to gain.
    Some may want to run for your job. Some may be trying to force you to vote for their special interest. Some may be trying to get you to support someone running for office. It could be any one of these things.