Today's Opinions

  • GUEST COLUMN: Thanks farmers, for all you do

    This season is known for the fall harvest, bountiful meals, and the many other blessings for which we all owe a debt of thanks. When you gather with family and friends around that crowded Thanksgiving table, keep in mind that the fruits (and vegetables, and meats, and bread) of that annual feast wouldn’t be possible without the labor of tens of thousands of farm families across the Commonwealth.

  • EDITORIAL CARTOON: Fighting each round

    Taking a look at the political fight American faces.

  • EDITORIAL: One last goodbye

    There’s no elegant way to say this. So, in typical Robin Bass form I will blurt out the news and let jaws drop where they may.

    Friday will be my last day as editor of the Spencer Magnet as I set out next week to begin a new chapter in my career.

  • LETTER: Thanks to our heroes

    God bless veterans for your selfless service securing our freedom! The blessings we hold dear to us today are because of your sacrifices yesterday. We all can never repay you for keeping us safe and secure as a nation. May everyone greet you today with love and thanksgiving.

    Nov. 6 was Guard Duty’s 5th annual Veterans Celebration and it was such a glorious day to honor and pay respect to our nation’s heroes.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Happy Birthday, USMC!

    On November 10, 1775 the Continental Congress commissioned the United States Marine Corps and that very day recruiting began at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia. Today, Marines all over the world remember and celebrate the Marine Corps birthday. And just in case you are wondering, Marines consider themselves Marines for life, once a Marine, always a Marine.

  • LETTER: Best wishes to newly-elected

    Best wishes to all of our newly elected officials and congratulations to Woody Cheek, our new magistrate for the fourth district.

    I would like to thank all of the people who supported me in this election.

    I have met and talked with so many great people with so many questions and remarkable ideas for our district. Your suggestions and ideas were spread to others as I progressed along the campaign trail, and I thing that these ideas will become reality if we continue to ask.

  • LETTER TO EDITOR: A thank you note from Carrie Anne Husband

    The family of Carrie Anne Husband would like to thank everyone for their support. The numerous expressions of sympathy were overwhelming to the family. May God bless you all.

    Below is a thank you note found in Carrie’s handwriting that says it better than we could.

    Elisa Carrithers


  • GUEST COLUMN: Dandelions becoming more prevalent in fall crops

    Common chickweed, henbit, and purple deadnettle are cool-season weeds we usually see in crop fields during the fall and winter.

    However, other weeds, such as dandelions, have become more prevalent in recent years. Dandelions are generally considered a major lawn or pasture weed but are increasingly found in grain crop fields.

    The expansion of dandelion populations in field crops is likely due to fewer applications of soil-residual herbicides along with no-till crop production practices.