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Today's Opinions

  • From our readers - Thanks for helping with Veterans’ Day Celebration

    The Spencer County Veteran Honor Service for 2016 was held on November 5 at the Veteran Memorial on Main Street in Taylorsville. Based on all comments received, the honor service was a great success.

  • Russia did not hack election

    Did Russia hack the election?

    That seemed to be the theme surrounding much of the news over the past few days as journalists, pundits and partisan voices suggest that Trump was aided by Russian allies during his campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton, whom he defeated in last month’s election.

    But if Russia intervened, how did they do it?

  • A trustworthy media

    In the time of the year when elections come to an end and average citizens suddenly grow tired of the bickering and vulgarization of discourse, a new idea comes along that undermines partisan provocateurs bent on belittling and maligning their opposition. The idea is that civilization flourishes when public discourse is accompanied by respect and charity—both sorely lacking in the aftermath of a divisive election.

  • From our readers - Helping Gatlinburg

    The majestic mountains of Gatlinburg, TN are a sight that many people from Kentucky and around the nation know well.

    However, about a week ago tragedy struck, and now it is the spirit of service that we are called to help our neighbors.

    I just returned from National 4-H Congress, and while I was there, I learned a very important lesson:  Serving others isn’t about you; it is about those who need the help.

  • A time for civility

    Nearly every week, our newspaper includes stories about local government that are often filled with conflict, disagreement and sometimes outright anger. That’s the nature of politics at times and passions can justifiably run deep on issues that can be vitally important to our community.

    But the recent passing of Magistrate Jim Williams is a sobering reminder about the importance of civility and common courtesy.

  • Faith overcomes the smoke

    Gatlinburg, Tennessee is like a second home for many people here in Spencer County and across Kentucky. In fact, there are many Kentuckians who actually own cabins, cottages and chalets in that tourist mecca.

    Many others have lifelong memories of family vacations, honeymoons, anniversaries and other family events in the area. Whatever the connection, there is a bond between many of us in the Bluegrass and those in the Smokey Mountains.

  • How REAL ID issues impacts Kentuckians

    Many of you may recall an issue the Kentucky General Assembly discussed in the 2016 Session, known as “REAL ID,” which requires Kentucky to meet modern federal regulation standards on the issuance of identification.  Known as Senate Bill (SB) 245 in the 2016 Session, the bill passed both the Senate and the House but was ultimately vetoed by Governor Bevin because of concerns will the bill’s future implications.

  • From our readers - Climate change is real

    After reading your recent editorial “Don’t Fall for Fake News” I was inspired by how much we agree. Fake news is dangerous. Readers and viewers must double-check it for accuracy, whether it comes from the Internet or CBS, NBC, CNN or even FOX.