Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Local business owner upset with Planning and Zoning

    My name is Carmin Gaines, and I am one of the owners of Elmar’s BP in Elk Creek. We legally obtained a permit from the Planning and Zoning Commission for our gas price sign, which you may have noticed has been taken down, thanks to our local commission.
    Three weeks after the sign was in place, Planning and Zoning revoked the permit saying the sign was too large.

  • LETTER: Thanks for donation

    On behalf of the social studies, math, English, and science departments at Spencer County High School, we would like to thank Becky House and Spencer County Physical Therapy for their generous donation of paper.  This has made our lives so much easier and less stressful in the final months of school.
    Melita Drake, social studies department chair
    Teri Harpool, math department chair
    Kim Cook, English department chair
    Melanie Wise, science department chair

  • LETTER: Reminder: April is child abuse prevention month

    Childhood is supposed to be an age of innocence, but for too many in the Commonwealth it’s a time of suffering.  In 2009 a report revealed that Kentucky led the nation in the number of children who die as a result of abuse and neglect. Statistics show that every minute in Kentucky, two children are victims of abuse and neglect that can leave emotional and physical scars that last a lifetime.  No doubt there are countless more cases that go unreported.

  • COLUMN: Hold, please. Yes, I'd like fries with that.

    One morning last week, I went through a local drive-through for a much needed cup of coffee (heavily flavored, of course).
    As it was a particularly sunny morning, I was wearing my sunglasses – probably the ones atop my head in the photo to the right. As I approached the window, I did as I normally do and positioned my sunglasses just as they are in this photo.

  • LETTER: County has more pressing issues than county clerk

    Where did Spencer Countians’ respect for each other go?
    I have not even read the weekly edition of The Spencer Magnet, but I can tell you that I really don’t have to. From going to the local grocery store, dollar store, bank and hardware store, I know what it holds.
    From lips of discouraged citizens to ears of discouraged citizens, I have heard enough.
    To Judy Puckett and the people that work for the clerk, I apologize that you are having to go through this.

  • LETTER: Encourage elected officials to be fair

    The recent removal of Elmar’s BP sign was requested by planning and zoning using an ordinance that had been superseded by a new law approved by fiscal court and is no longer in existence.
    Is this the change we requested? Why did you and I make the decision to have Elmar’s BP sign taken down? I ask you because the removal was under the direction of a Spencer County/Taylorsville government agency. That agency was acting on our behalf.

  • LETTER: Slow down, and you might save a life

    To the residents and visitors of Highview Estates: do you want to be the one to kill someone else’s child? That is certainly a question that some of you, young and old, need to ask yourself.
    As a long time resident in Highview Estates, I have sat on my front porch and watched many of you drive in and out of this subdivision speeding. Not just speeding, but not paying attention to what you are doing at all.

  • 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