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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Magnet, keep up the great work

    I would like to take a moment to express my thanks in the direction the Magnet has taken in the past few months. I can see a big difference in the quality of news and the support the Magnet is giving Spencer County, and I would like to say thank you and keep up the great work.
    BJ Smith
    Taylorsville

  • LETTER: General Assembly should override governor’s vetoes

    During the special session last week, the Senate created a responsible approach to solving this Medicaid budget shortfall. The House of Representatives agreed with the Senate plan and the bill was sent to the governor’s desk.
    However late Friday, March 25, as many offices were closing for the day, the governor vetoed all of the important accountability provisions and is now left with an unrestricted checkbook combined with an unlimited credit card funded with your tax dollars.

  • EDITORIAL: Just how healthy are we?

    Spencer County ranks as the 11th healthiest county in Kentucky, which should come as no surprise if you’ve already read the story on the front of this week’s paper.
    Yes, according to the County Health Rankings, released last week and compiled by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, our fair county ranks among the healthiest 9 percent in the state.

  • COLUMN: Bench players play role, too

    Most of the state is abuzz with chatter of the University of Kentucky Wildcats ending a 13-year Final Four drought.
    Lots of national attention has been placed on Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb — the fabulous freshmen that Calipari teams are becoming known for.
    Now, sportscasters are starting to pay attention to our veteran players, DeAndre Liggins, Darius Miller and, Jorts himself, Josh Harrelson.
    But, if you ask me, some very important role players aren’t getting the attention they deserve.

  • COLUMN: Moving along with Main Street Phase II

    Countless hours have been spent working diligently on Phase II, to insure compliance with Federal and State guidelines. One of my character flaws is the lack of patience; I am constantly reminded that possessing patience is a virtue.  Every setback encountered only unifies those involved, city and county officials, as well as, Main Street Committee members. The completion of the revitalization on Main Street is our collective goal.

  • COLUMN: No matter the diction, recycling is best

    When we use our normal English in conversation, we have a mental picture of the noun or pronoun we use for descriptive purposes.
    For example, “to,” “too” and “two” are all pronounced the same, but have totally different meanings.
    Therefore, consider the word “waste.” We can say the word identifies that which is left after we finish using an item (i.e., potato peelings, worn out brooms, tires, etc.).

  • 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.