Today's Opinions

  • Political anger is not new

    The video footage is dramatic. An anti-Trump protester is shoved as she’s being removed from a rally earlier this month in Louisville. A week later, a protestor is punched by a Trump supporter in North Carolina. This past weekend, a Trump rally is cancelled after supporters and protestors clash in Chicago.

    The common narrative throughout the media is that Trump supporters are angry, rabid and violent. I’m not sure that’s a completely fair assessment.

  • From our readers - Preserve our history

    I received the Spencer Magnet today, and was disappointed not to find an article by Tom Watson. His article is the first thing I look for in each issue.

  • Compassion can fuel passion

    If you’ve spent any time on social media, watching the news, or especially the presidential debates over the past few weeks, you realize there is no shortage of anger stirring in our nation today. That’s not always a bad thing, as anger channeled into passion can motivate us to work for significant changes.

    But political passion often turns to rage and hatred, and we’ve seen far too much of that this season. What we really need is a chance to cool off.

  • Bills protecting public servants advance in Frankfort

    There has been no shortage of activity in Frankfort this week. The 40th day of the 2016 Legislative Session passed, along with the bill filing deadline. There have been more than 900 bills filed this session yet only one, Senate Bill 4, has been signed into law. While many legislators were hurrying to file bills before the deadline, there was much other activity going on within the Capitol walls.

  • Senate awaits House budget

    As the Senate eagerly awaits a budget proposal from the House of Representatives, we are busy passing bills both out of committee and out of the Senate to send to our House colleagues during the eighth week of the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly.

  • Democrats cite trust issues with Governor Bevin

    When a new governor is elected, it should be incumbent upon all parties to work together, establish trust and build relationships, especially in a budget session where so much is at stake.

    From the beginning, however, we have been operating at a trust deficit.

    Matt Bevin promised during his campaign to release his tax returns, but then once elected, refused to release them.

    Fast forward to the 2016 legislative session, in which the General Assembly is required to pass a state budget during a 60-day session.

  • Transparency for elected officials

    This week in Frankfort, your elected House Republicans worked hard to promote something we all should value; transparency in government. Our caucus attempted to bring the first reading on Senate Bill 45. It would require public disclosure of all retirement benefits for all current and past legislators. SB 45 passed the Senate earlier this session by a margin of 38-0, with all members voting. Unfortunately, the bill did not enjoy the same success in the House and we have not had an opportunity to have discussion on the floor.

  • Hey, what’s going on?

    This is a question we hear from time to time at the Spencer Magnet. A visitor will pop through the door, a phone will ring, or we’ll get an email message inquiring about a rumor or something heard on the street.