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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: It’s the law
  • LETTER: Can’t spend our way out of debt

    So, here we are, in a recession, maybe a depression. The government is printing money which is not backed by gold or silver and the Chinese refuse to buy our bonds.

    The Chinese have 40 percent of their factories closed and their economy is falling hard. The rest of the world economies are crumbling. We sent much of our manufacturing industry to other countries causing our government to lose a big tax base and the government allows them to still have large tax breaks.

  • LETTER: Action must be taken to help dogs

    I was just appalled at the letter last week from Lois Allen of Taylorsville about the way the dogs in her neighborhood are being treated.

    Has anyone reported them to the ASPCA or animal control???  Has your newspaper tried to do anything??

    One dog stuck all alone in a back yard and his only shelter is a tree, left out in the cold and rain. Another in a five by five pen way in the back yard in the cold and rain and then the black dog tied in his front yard with a chain.

  • Legislative Updates: Representative Brad Montell

    This week the major discussion and media emphasis in Kentucky have been on the funding that we will receive from the federal stimulus package. It is anticipated that Spencer County will be given money for road, education, health and welfare, sewer and water issues. While the stimulus money will no doubt help with the projected budget shortfall in the near-term, I am concerned about the incredible debt this plan creates, which will take decades for our kids and grandkids (the taxpayers) to repay.

  • Legislative Updates: Senator Gary Tapp

    This week, as the 2009 Session resumed, we passed or moved along bills aimed at holding your government and electoral processes visible and publically accountable, from campaigns to officeholders to lobbyists.

  • LETTER: Give family pets the shelter they deserve

    As we weathered the recent snow and ice, it was easy to take note of the damage it brought. There were trees down, cars off to the sides of the roads, and the unsettling darkness in our homes when the lights should have been on. Mother Nature then changed course by following her winter display and frigid temperatures, with a couple of unseasonably warm days, allowing us the opportunity to clean up most of the leftover debris while the neighborhood kids rode their bikes. Not wanting to spoil us, she then treated us to a day of high brisk winds followed by a rainbow over Elk Creek.

  • LETTER: Family saddened by a recent SCYBA decision

    I am writing this letter in response to a recent decision made by the “new” officers of the Spencer County Youth Baseball Association (SCYBA). 

    Many of you know my husband Doug Lambdin, whether it be from youth football, youth basketball, or church, but most of you know him from youth baseball.  Although he has helped with and coached football and basketball, most of his time over the past 6 years have been spent on the baseball fields of Spencer County. 

  • Taxes do little for shortfall

    by Rep. BRAD MONTELL

    R-House Dist. 58

    The legislature approved last week a rescue plan to plug the projected $456 million hole in the state budget this fiscal year with a combination of new revenue, spending cuts and fund transfers. The plan, which was passed by the House on Wednesday and cleared the Senate Friday, is contained in two bills that House and Senate leaders were able to reach consensus on in recent weeks. The bills will take effect immediately upon Governor Steve Beshear’s expected signature.