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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Church break-ins present sad situations

    Last week, First Assembly of God and Plum Creek Baptist Church were linked together in our paper because they were the host churches for two Sept. 11 remembrance ceremonies.
    This week, the two churches are linked again in our newspaper for far less hopeful circumstances – each church has been a victim of burglary over the past few weeks.
    Now, we’re not saying the parties responsible are the same or that the crimes are related, but we are saying it’s a shame two of our visible, community-focused churches are victims of such acts.

  • COLUMN: Solid Waste announces fall lineup

    We will continue to test the water with our roaming recycling trailer by having it placed at the Mount Eden Fire Department site this weekend. That will be the start of our fall activities.
    Also on Saturday, volunteers are needed to make “Operation Clean Sweep” successful in clearing the trash and rubbish from the shores ofTaylorsville Lake. The Taylorsville Lake Conservation Association invites all willing helpers to meet at the Possom Ridge Picnic Shelter at 8 a.m.

  • LETTER: Businesses still participating – as guests – at Progressive Dinner

    After reading last week’s edition of The Spencer Magnet regarding the Progressive Dinner, I felt that some clarification was needed.
    The implication that some local businesses decided not to participate in the event this year was in fact incorrect.
    This year, some of the businesses decided to participate in a different fashion. We were one of the first to purchase tickets to attend the event and enjoy the beautification of Main Street.

  • LETTER: ‘Good ole boy network’ still in place

    Although I had hoped the election of 2010 would have greatly diminished the good ole boy network in local government, it has not. Carmin Gaines said it very well, the election simply changed the players.
    Judge-Executive Bill Karrer and the magistrates have come against County Clerk Judy Puckett and former EDA director Annette King, citing the rule of law and accountability to the taxpayers. However, the Ethics Commission and Deputy Damon Jewell have gotten a free pass.

  • COLUMN: Band together in times of trouble and comfort

    Not surprisingly, 100 percent of those voting in last week’s poll at www.spencermagnet.com remember where they were when the planes struck the towers of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.
    Some of our staff members shared last week where we were on that horrific day – we all remembered.

  • COLUMN: Sort recyclables before recycling

    I have viewed the beginning discards in our traveling recycling trailer, and must suggest some adjustments pertainmg to the items disposed.
    As of Sept. 6, the disposal compartments have been labeled as to what goes where. We would ask that the paper, plastic, aluminum and metal items be deposited in the proper compartment.
    We have already seen the habit of putting all recyclables in one bag and tossing it. It would be so much better if you can put the proper item in the proper compartment.

  • LETTER: Thanks for help with this year’s Health Fair/Readifest

    To this year’s Spencer County community participants, the Spencer County Family Resource and Youth Service Center would like to thank everyone who made the Health Fair/Readifest event so successful on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Spencer County High School.
    Our sponsors for this year were: Spencer County Cooperative Extension Office, Publishers Printing, Jewish Hospital of Shelbyville, Spencer County Health Department, and Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency.

  • LETTER: Civil Air Patrol memories from 9/11

    In the late afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, the most crowded skies of the world became silent. There were no high streaks of contrails mixing with clouds. The ever present life-saving chatter of air traffic controllers ceased. A kind of strange eerie void had restored the heavens to its pristine past. Nothing man-made moved in the skies above the United States.
    Nothing, except a single small airplane lifting in the late afternoon from Bowman Field en route to the New York area with rare and precious medical supplies.