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Today's Opinions

  • From our readers: Praises county road crew

    In the early spring, Kentucky received a substantial amount of rain causing many creeks and streams to go over their banks. Many acres and roads were flooded.

    Veech Road had a major landslide. A portion of the road fell 100 feet into Plum Creek. At least 25 trees and tons of earth and rock fell. The road was impassable.

  • Editor of Bethlehem newspaper was busy

    I’ve often wondered what the editor of the Bethlehem Star Gazette was doing on that night more than 2,000 years ago when an event happened in his little town that would forever change the world.

    Obviously, he may have sent out a reporter to cover the great influx of people arriving for the approaching census.

    Obviously, the inns were full, so I’m sure the local diners and taverns were doing brisk business as well. So a story concerning the economic impact would certainly be appropriate.

  • Pension may drive state budget debate

    As we approach the holidays I would like to take this opportunity to say Merry Christmas to each of you and to your family. My wish is that you can take time out of your busy schedules to enjoy family and celebrate the reason for the season.

    The holidays provide a brief break before the 2016 General Assembly. The debate of how to address the Kentucky employees’ and teachers’ retirement systems combined estimated $25 billion in unfunded liabilities will likely dominate the session as legislators work to pass the state’s next 24-month budget.

  • Letters to Santa

    In this week’s Magnet, you’ll notice our entire B-section is made up of letters to Santa, written by young children from both elementary schools in Spencer County. This has become an annual tradition with our newspaper, one we know many of our readers enjoy browsing through.

  • Kentucky’s dependency on alcohol is troubling

    Cha-ching. That’s the sound that rings from the chambers of local government whenever a new proposal to sell alcohol is brought up for discussion. It jingled repeatedly last Tuesday during the Spencer County Fiscal Court meeting when Judge-Executive John Riley and County Attorney Kenneth Jones spoke of a change to the county’s ordinance that would allow alcohol sales by the drink on Sundays.

  • Inauguration celebrated history and made it

    As the fog lifted on Dec. 8 for the inaugural celebrations in Frankfort, I was reminded of the smooth transition of power we enjoy in our Commonwealth – and nation.

    In a fitting tribute to that transition Gov. Steve Beshear participated in the parade honoring the person replacing him as chief executive of Kentucky. In addition, former governors Paul E. Patton, Brereton Jones, Martha Layne Collins and John W. Brown, Jr., joined in the parade.

  • Tax credit would help make school choice more affordable
  • Obama off target on ISIL

    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday regarding the President’s insufficient plan to defeat ISIL:
    Monday evening President Obama addressed the Nation concerning the threat ISIL poses to our people.

    Unfortunately, the American people did not hear of a strategy or plan to defeat and destroy this terrorist army. Instead, they heard a restatement of a military campaign crafted to contain ISIL within Iraq and Syria.