Today's Opinions

  • If it ain’t broke...

    Then don’t fix it.

    There’s wisdom in that logic and it seems to mirror the philosophy the Taylorsville City Commission used when it voted to promote Major Kenny Stewart to the position of Police Chief last week.

  • Protesting the national anthem

    Forty summers ago, Rick Monday of the Chicago Cubs ran across the outfield at Dodger Stadium and swiped an American flag that had been laid on the ground, covered with lighter fluid, and was about to be set ablaze by two young men.

    In the summer of 1976 tensions were still high over the Vietnam War, racial tensions were at a fever pitch in some American cities over forced busing, and protesters were demanding their rights to express themselves.

    Not much has changed.

  • Doubling down on pension secrecy

    Legislation during this year’s General Assembly requiring disclosure of public retirement benefits for all current and former lawmakers, “including their name, status, and projected or actual retirement benefit payments,” passed the Republican-run state Senate with unanimous, bipartisan support from all 38 senators and flew through the Democratically controlled House State Government Committee with 19 of the 21 members who voted approving it.

  • From our readers - Reader thanks good samaritans

    I want to thank several people (whose names I do not remember) for recently coming to my aide.

    On Saturday, July 16, I was on my motorcycle riding east on Hwy 1169 from Normandy towards Rivals. A deer jumped into my path, and after striking it, the motorcycle and I ended up in a ditch on the right side of the roadway. The motorcycle was upside down and I had a broken arm as well as other serious injuries.

  • From our readers - Protecting our planet

    We are now in the middle of one of the hottest string of high temperatures for our section of the country.

    For that reason, we are going to have our non-profit groups sign up for the Roadside Litter Abatement Summer Program the last three days of August and the first two days of September.  Also, the groups will have all of September to clean the roads they draw, in case we also have a September heatwave.    

  • Culture wars are far from over

    An oft-used tactic to demoralize an opponent  is to act like the contest is over and that their side has lost.

    We see it in sports occasionally when one side is up on the scoreboard and begins to taunt or mock the losing team, only to be humiliated when the underdogs rally to set up a fantastic finish.

    In the culture wars, this past week has very much been a rallying point for those who tout more traditional, conservative viewpoints.

  • From our readers - Levee Trail Committee working with others for common goal

    As the chair of the Taylorsville Levee Trail Committee, I was pleased to see both the article and editorial by Mr. Shindlebower in the August 10, 2016 Spencer Magnet.

    As a clarification, our committee is 100 percent committed to complying with the Spencer County Levee, Flood Control and Drainage District No. 1 (Levee Commission) to ensuring that none of our activities create any adverse impacts to the ongoing recertification process. Having said that, we do not see that working with the Levee Commission toward this common goal will delay the levee trail process.

  • Better safe than sorry

    It would have been easy to quickly dismiss Friday’s phoned-in threat to Taylorsville Elementary School as simply a hoax and resume normal operations. However, school officials and local police are to be commended for taking the threat seriously and going the extra mile to ensure the safety of students throughout the day.