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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Don’t wait to file for office

    One week from today, anyone who is interested in running in a partisan race in next year’s primary election will be able to file an application to officially make known that decision.
    Several in the community have voiced their intent to run — whether figuratively, like in the Octoberfest parade, or literally, by filing a notice of intent in order to start fundraising.

  • COLUMN: Have pride in our county; keep it clean

    When this paper hits the market, we will be preparing for Halloween, we will have disposed of our scrap tires and turned our outdated and/or unused drugs into the Police Department for disposal.
    We also will be looking forward to Thanksgiving and planning on how to decorate for Christmas. It will be a fine time to look back on the past year to appreciate how much we have to be thankful for as we pause from worrying about the wars and threats of wars and the terrible acts of a minority of disturbed and disillusioned individuals with no sense of humanity.

  • LETTER: Appreciation for Matt Bevin

    I would like to express my appreciation to Matt Bevin for his visit to Spencer County on Oct. 17. He is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate and will oppose Mitch McConnell in the Republican primary this spring.

  • LETTER: Level back yards aren’t safe gun ranges

    I want to qualify that I am not against gun ownership, at least by the mentally sane and responsible individual. I own guns myself, however, I do have a problem when neighbors spend hours upon hours target shooting and imposing extremely loud noise within close earshot.
    This shooting usually entails unsafe (non-embankment) targets putting the public at risk. It is inconsiderate, annoying and frightening. This shooting takes place at various times of the day, mostly on weekends, and sometimes a good while after sunset.

  • COLUMN: There’s no excuse for DUIs

    I spend quite a bit of time gazing at court records. At least once a week I am charged with sifting through the local dockets to see what is newsworthy.

  • LETTER: The power of words

    I have always felt the key to life and success is good communication. Words are the foundation that communication is built upon. Words are powerful and they can be positive or negative. They can make you happy or they can make you sad. Too often words are used without giving careful thought. Words create wars and words can give you eternal life.

  • LETTER: Give Bevin a platform

    In case some have not heard, there is a conservative running against Sen. Mitch McConnell in next year’s race. His name is Matt Bevin. He grew up on a farm in New Hampshire, he was a military officer, and is now a successful businessman with a large family. He loves this country and will not be a part of the problem that McConnell has helped to create in his 30 years in congress. We saw just how the senator caves when other members of congress try and trim the budget. Oh wait, there has not been a budget since Barack Hussein Obama took office.

  • LETTER: 'Apathy, the greatest threat to freedom'

    In 1887, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: