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Today's Opinions

  • Budget now in hands of state senate

    After over two months of anticipation and debate, the Senate finally received the state budget bill from the House, midway through the 11th week of the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly. We think the upcoming budget will reflect those needs for the betterment of the Commonwealth.
    As expected, many changes were made to Governor Bevin’s budget by the House. Now that we have received their budget, we will comb through the fine details and make our own changes.

  • Critics of religious liberty bill dishonest
  • Get involved in your hometown

    This issue of The Spencer Magnet may have been a surprise in your mailbox, or you may have been a loyal subscriber for years. Whatever the case, we thank you for taking the time to read.

    Picking up the local paper is really the first step in becoming involved in your community. It’s a way to find out what going on, what challenges we face, and what’s being accomplished. More importantly, it provides you with information on how you can make a difference.

  • From our readers - City urges input for Strategic Planning

    As you may or may not know, Taylorsville has embarked on formulating a strategic plan for your community. This plan will help the city focus its resources on improvements which will be selected based on resident and business input.

    As part of our strategic planning process, we would like to invite you to a Community Listening and Design Session scheduled for Thursday, March 31 at 6 p.m. at the Spencer County Extension Office.

  • Mixed signals on drugs

    Last year, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of nearly 100 drug offenders, claiming they were victims of harsh mandatory sentencing laws that locked drug offenders up for long periods of time.

    That was followed by the release of some 6,000 drug offenders from federal prison in the fall. The rationale was that those involved in drug offenses were not hardened criminals and they were deemed as non-violent offenders.

  • CARA targets drug crisis

    Across Kentucky, people are now routinely dying from the abuse of prescription pain pills and heroin. More than 1,000 Kentuckians die every year from drug overdose, according to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. That’s more than are lost to fatal car crashes. This problem rips families apart and ravages our communities—and the rate of drug abuse is growing.

  • State AG Andy Beshear launches training to fight child sex abuse

     

    As a father of a five- and six-year-old, preventing child abuse is personal to me. I’m committed to do everything I can as Attorney General to protect all of Kentucky’s children from abuse.

    Like me, Kentucky’s First Lady Glenna Bevin feels a duty to advocate for the welfare of Kentucky’s children. We decided that the best way to help keep our children and your children safe is to better educate professionals and the public on prevention. That’s why we teamed up to launch three statewide child sexual abuse training programs.

  • Senate session enters fourth quarter

    Not only did Friday mark the end to another busy week in the Kentucky Senate, it also was day 46 of our 60-day legislative session. We are now in the proverbial “fourth quarter” when the House and the Senate must come together to get a victory for the state of Kentucky by passing a responsible budget. After 10 weeks we are still awaiting a key “assist” from our colleagues in the House in the form of a budget bill that has yet to pass the lower chamber.