Today's Opinions

  • It’s all about the giving!

    As a child, the best part of Christmas morning typically was waking up, racing downstairs and standing with eyes wide open looking at all the toys and presents Santa left under the tree.

    Certainly as adults, there’s still a thrill that comes from receiving a present and the anticipation that comes from unwrapping and opening the box. However, most of us have discovered that what really puts a smile on our faces is being able to make others happy by our own giving.

  • Seniors encouraged to take part in KIPDA survey

    Senior citizens who live in Jefferson and surrounding Kentucky counties are encouraged to take a brief survey online or over the phone to help analyze social service needs for older adults and individuals with disabilities.

    For the second year, the University of Louisville Institute for Sustainable Health and Optimal Aging will conduct a community needs assessment on behalf of the Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA).

  • Celebrate our past, focus on our future

    Last week, we at The Spencer Magnet turned back the clock as we took a look back at 150 years of covering the news in Spencer County. Our graphic designer, Jeff Sopland, did a lot of the tedious legwork of putting together many of the pages of the special section and researching old issues. Both Landmark and The Magnet were pleased with how it turned out. Much of the credit goes to Jeff.

  • Police in schools a good idea

    When I was in the fourth grade, I climbed onto a yellow school bus near Gilman Avenue in St. Matthews and saw an armed soldier at the front of the bus. It was early September of 1975 and Louisville was embroiled in a huge controversy over forced busing that would send students miles away from their neighborhood schools in a rushed effort to desegregate public education.

  • State must push for real pension reform

    WLEX weather anchor Bill Meck was no doubt the most interesting speaker at this year’s Kentucky Public Retirees’ Annual Conference in Frankfort.

    Since I didn’t receive an invitation to this glorious affair, I’m not privy to what Meck, a storm chaser who once created “Danger From the Sky,” an award-winning documentary on severe weather, said that might relate his illustrious career forecasting weather patterns to the clashing of budget realities with promises – real and perceived – made to Kentucky’s public pensioners.

  • Is consumerism overshadowing our reason for Christmas?

    Have you ever gotten the feeling that Christmas has become something that it was never meant to be? We’re pushed to buy more and more, bigger and better, sometimes turning family gatherings into giving competitions. We’re decking the halls alright. In fact, special days that revolve around buying— Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday—outnumber the big day itself.

  • 150 years of highlighting you

    The Spencer Magnet has reached an important milestone this year. The newspaper is celebrating its Sesquicentennial, and with this accomplishment, we focus much of this week’s edition on ourselves as we revisit our own history in Spencer County.

    It seems quite odd to be celebrating ourselves, really. What we are most accustomed to doing is writing about and celebrating the achievements of others, so collating this edition has felt somewhat foreignor.

  • Adults needed to run county

    This week’s edition of The Spencer Magnet is one that many may hang on to because this is the issue in which we commemorate 150 years of recording the local news of the day.

    Our community has come a long way in the last century and a half. Sadly, what we see in the political landscape does not bode well for future success. Instead of people working together to move us forward, bickering and downright childish behavior seems to be ruling the day.