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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Don’t oppose the business because of the circumstance

    A few weeks ago The Spencer Magnet published an article on the front page about a local businessman that had been arrested and charged with the unlawful subjection of two women to sexual contact without their consent. Whether these charges are trumped up, or legitimate, I do not know; I could speculate, but what difference will it make? The charges and arrest have been made and The Spencer Magnet did its job.

  • COLUMN: Keep our county green

    Back in the early days of human activity, the earth was covered with about 18 billion acres of forest lands with trees of various types. Today, that has shrunk to less than 11 billion acres.
    Wood in general helped create civilization as we know it today. Even when building with brick, concrete and steel, a lot of wood is involved in each project. We have been exposed to using wood in so many different ways, we have lost the sense of its importance in our world today.

  • EDITORIAL: Tax rates, though not fun, are too important to ignore

    To many, August signifies the end of summer, the start of a new school year or the last full month without football.
    However, to a subset of the population, namely journalists and those serving on or with taxing entities, it signifies the beginning of tax season — when cities, counties and taxing districts set their property tax rates for the following year.

  • LETTER: Are stand-your-ground laws a problem?

    Twenty-six states have stand-your-ground laws on the books (including Kentucky). Eric Holder recently has been critical of these laws because he feels they contribute to situations like the one involving Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.
    This was a tragedy.

  • COLUMN: For young and old, let’s learn to recycle

    Our young ones again face the challenges of absorbing all the knowledge necessary to survive in our modern world.
    For us old people, the challenge is finding the way to grab their attention. Today’s world is a very fast-paced, high-charged distracting environment. To make matters worse, new products are brought to market before you have learned to use the item it replaces. That tends to create a “throw-away” society.

  • LETTER: Shelburne’s charity softball game a success

    The sixth annual WAMZ Softball Game hosted at Ray Jewell Park that benefits St. Jude, was clearly a winner this year collecting a record amount of $6,200. That amount set the Shelburne team at a grand total raised for St. Jude over these six years, at $17,200.

  • LETTER: No one is perfect

    We all have our mistakes and our shortcomings. Sure, the businessman has to be professional in his position and carry himself appropriately.
    I have seen a lot of people come in and out of the station [Smith’s Service and Tire], bums, blue collar folk, white collar folk, drug addicts, normal Joes and famous folk.
    The sad thing is that all of a sudden, this place is so quiet and cold. All because of somebody that didn’t feel treated fairly.

  • LETTER: Citizen ‘demands’ city halt records destruction

    Editor’s note: This letter was originally submitted as a complaint to City Clerk Steve Biven regarding a recent decision of the City Commission to destroy audio recordings of meetings older than six months. A news article on this subject may be found on page A-1. The open investigation referred to in this letter is regarding McKemie’s communication with the attorney general’s office and a letter sent to the city from that office in September 2012 requesting a host of water rate-related records.