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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: It’s almost time for fall cleanup

    The day after Halloween proved to be a decent day, with sun and lighter winds. Halloween night, I thought some of the trick-or-treaters might be blown away. It was a rough time to be outside.
    The wind also stirred up a bunch of the litter that has been added to our roadsides. For the life of me, I cannot understand why everything must be thrown out the window as we drive our roads. It’s so simple: Keep it in the car or truck, and dispose of it in the proper way.

  • LETTER: A heartfelt thank you

    At time when it seems the world has turned upside down and no one cares for other people, a special act of kindness will prove that untrue.
    Several days ago, I came out of the grocery to a heavy downpour. After waiting a few minutes, I decided to make a run for my car. The rain only came down harder, so I pushed my cart up to the side of my car and I jumped inside.

  • LETTER: Words are powerful

    At times, I feel I should respond to letters in The Spencer Magnet, but I become concerned my “words” might be misunderstood or taken out of context.
    I agree with Magistrate [Woodie] Cheek about the power of “words.” There were approximately 232 words in his commentary, excluding some prepositions and conjunctions, and an additional approximate 79 words in the old folk tale he shared with readers in the Oct. 23 publication.
    As an educator, Cheek should know, never use two words when one will do.

  • COLUMN: Don’t wait to file for office

    One week from today, anyone who is interested in running in a partisan race in next year’s primary election will be able to file an application to officially make known that decision.
    Several in the community have voiced their intent to run — whether figuratively, like in the Octoberfest parade, or literally, by filing a notice of intent in order to start fundraising.

  • COLUMN: Have pride in our county; keep it clean

    When this paper hits the market, we will be preparing for Halloween, we will have disposed of our scrap tires and turned our outdated and/or unused drugs into the Police Department for disposal.
    We also will be looking forward to Thanksgiving and planning on how to decorate for Christmas. It will be a fine time to look back on the past year to appreciate how much we have to be thankful for as we pause from worrying about the wars and threats of wars and the terrible acts of a minority of disturbed and disillusioned individuals with no sense of humanity.

  • LETTER: Appreciation for Matt Bevin

    I would like to express my appreciation to Matt Bevin for his visit to Spencer County on Oct. 17. He is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate and will oppose Mitch McConnell in the Republican primary this spring.

  • LETTER: Level back yards aren’t safe gun ranges

    I want to qualify that I am not against gun ownership, at least by the mentally sane and responsible individual. I own guns myself, however, I do have a problem when neighbors spend hours upon hours target shooting and imposing extremely loud noise within close earshot.
    This shooting usually entails unsafe (non-embankment) targets putting the public at risk. It is inconsiderate, annoying and frightening. This shooting takes place at various times of the day, mostly on weekends, and sometimes a good while after sunset.

  • COLUMN: There’s no excuse for DUIs

    I spend quite a bit of time gazing at court records. At least once a week I am charged with sifting through the local dockets to see what is newsworthy.