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Today's Opinions

  • Understanding of mental illness crucial to prevent tragedy

    Like many others, I heard the initial news reports of the shooting in Tucson with a sense of profound sadness and déjà vu. I recalled a number of similar tragedies including the one not long ago at Virginia Tech.

  • COLUMN: When the sun stands still

    By Pastor Jon Rohr
    Plum Creek Baptist Church

  • COLUMN: Is church really a big deal?

    Are you the kind of person that needs to know how something works or why you’re supposed to do it that way?  I have asked the same questions myself. “Why do I have to go to church?”  “Why Sunday?”  “What’s the big deal about church anyway?”  I commend you for asking good questions.  We need to understand two things: God blesses those who obey Him – even without knowing all the answers; secondly, answers are for our benefit, not God’s.

  • LETTER: Thanks for help with Christmas Assistance Program

    The Family Resource Center and the Youth Service Center would like to thank all of you for your fantastic support and generosity in making our Christmas Assistance program a huge success this year.  The needs of our families were greater this year due to the economy but your hard work and efforts in supporting this program overcame the obstacles to help many of our families.

  • LETTER: A vote for anti-smoking bill

    Our local legislators, Rep. Brad Montell and Sen. Paul Hornback, said they aren’t interested in passing a statewide anti-smoking bill. This bill should be voted on and passed. Why?

    According to the National Cancer Society, secondhand smoke contains over 4,000 chemical compounds of which more than 60 are known or suspected to cause cancer.

  • LETTER: Questioning the County Clerk

    Spencer County Clerk Judy Puckett calls her actions, regarding the purchase of six Sam’s Club memberships with taxpayer’s money an oversight. Puckett claims the memberships were to be used to purchase office materials.

  • LETTER: Where were the police?

    Where are the police when you need them? On Thursday, December 30th around 7:15 p.m., I was driving down Taylorsville Lake Road when a car in front of me slowed down suddenly.

    I saw that there was a large German Shepherd walking in the road in front of that car. The dog was obviously lost and confused.
    As cars approached, I would flicker my lights to alert them to slow down. Traffic started to back up on my side of the street but continued to “fly” down the other side.

  • LETTER: Good old boys at work again

    (Editor’s note: This letter was read into record at the Jan. 3 Fiscal Court meeting).

    My name is Carmin Gaines and I am a resident of Spencer County, and I was born and raised here.  I own businesses in this county, and I’m the Chair of the Spencer County Democratic party.

    I’m here today to address Judge Karrer.  Judge, while running for the position of Spencer Co. Judge-Executive, you had stated that if you were elected, you would make appointments for jobs in the county based on experience and qualifications.