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Today's Opinions

  • Transparency for elected officials

    This week in Frankfort, your elected House Republicans worked hard to promote something we all should value; transparency in government. Our caucus attempted to bring the first reading on Senate Bill 45. It would require public disclosure of all retirement benefits for all current and past legislators. SB 45 passed the Senate earlier this session by a margin of 38-0, with all members voting. Unfortunately, the bill did not enjoy the same success in the House and we have not had an opportunity to have discussion on the floor.

  • Hey, what’s going on?

    This is a question we hear from time to time at the Spencer Magnet. A visitor will pop through the door, a phone will ring, or we’ll get an email message inquiring about a rumor or something heard on the street.

  • From our readers - Kentucky Republicans vote March 5
  • The joy of wagging tails

    Marking major goals and challenges off bucket lists and living longer and healthier lives are reasonable expectations nowadays.

    Luxurious vacation destinations and week-long cruises offer deep sea scuba diving, parasailing, zip-lining, skydiving, and thrills of a lifetime.

    Medical advances and, oftentimes, just the luck of inheriting good genes play a role. And in the course of living life, some are simply at an advantage because they have somehow made it through life relatively unscathed from serious accidents or injuries.

  • The killer that’s 80 percent preventable

    Today heart disease and stroke kill one in three women. But the good news it’s 80 percent preventable.

    Women are typically the caregivers in their families. They take care of their spouses or significant others, the kids, their aging parents and even the family pets. Many women have hectic, stressful careers on top of that. But all too often women don’t put their heart health first.

    Taking care of your heart through a healthy diet and regular physical exercise is the key to preventing heart disease.

  • Candidates should rise above mudslinging

    Candidates running for any office should conduct themselves professionally and not act like schoolchildren having temper tantrums.

    All too often, we see in election cycle after election cycle candidates brutally attacking one another – in some cases, attacking their families – instead of talking about what the people really care about, which are issues such as the economy and national security.

    Candidates that play these attack games are committing a disservice to those who they hope will help propel them into office.

  • From our readers - Fiscal Court and its actions or lack of actions

    When the current Fiscal Court took office, I hoped for a conservative, responsible, open and honest court rather than the spending, closed and irresponsible actions the past court exhibited. Well I have been surprised by some of their actions and I admit the court is more open to comments and disagreement than the past Judge allowed from citizens. It was his way or the highway and if you disagreed with him you had to hit the road, but this court is open to citizens comments.

  • Community needs your ideas

    Wednesday morning, my wife and I are boarding a jet and taking a trip to see her sister in Seattle, Washington. I’ve never been west of Dallas, so I’m really looking forward to experiencing a region of America I’ve only seen in pictures.

    Visiting new places can be fascinating and just like people, places only get one shot to make a first impression, fair or not. So, from the moment we land, I’ll be taking in new sights, seeing new people and viewing a slightly different culture than I’m used to.