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Opinion

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ALERT: Feinstein/Schumer sponsored gun legislation that amends the “Brady bill” will be added to Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill (HR 38) in the House this week.

  • Taylorsville Masonic Lodge would like to thank our community for the support of our monthly country ham breakfast.
    This breakfast helps us to give back to our community. We help the Back Pack Buddies and have also donated bicycles to our elementary schools encouraging perfect attendance. We have donated to the Sheriff’s Shining Star program and our lodge helps with the Angel Tree in our community. The breakfast we have in December earmarks all the proceeds toward the Angel Tree.

  • Gov. Matt Bevin called on the Kentucky House to “censure and remove” lawmakers involved in a secret sexual harassment settlement if they continue to ignore his demands that they resign from the Legislature.

    Calling the scandal “cancer in our legislative body,” the governor increased pressure on lawmakers in forceful remarks made at Saturday’s Republican State Central Committee meeting in Frankfort.

  • Candidates must examine
    their motives
    It’s election season and hats are getting tossed into the ring like some two-bit carnival game. That’s not to diminish the seriousness behind the decision many are making to seek public office, but it is somewhat fitting because of the circus that small town politics often becomes.

  • What ever happened to chivalry?

    It’s a question that begs an answer in the wake of so many men in the public eye being accused of acting boorishly, and even criminally toward women.

    It seems we can’t turn on the news without hearing of a woman, or in many cases, multiple women, bringing allegations of misconduct toward politicians, entertainers or other men in the public eye. In many cases, there’s strong evidence, even photographs or tapes to convict the accused.

  • The Commonwealth, along with many other states across this nation, is struggling to find highly-skilled workers to fill scores of job in the manufacturing, health care, agriculture, and trade industries such as electrical, carpentry, plumbing, and telecommunications.

  • As Christmas draws near, Kentuckians gear up for the shopping season. Many shoppers plan their Thanksgiving weekend around Black Friday advertisements while others scope the latest online deals for Cyber Monday.

  • November is National Adoption Month, and though the monthlong observance is an important conversation starter, it can’t fully convey the ongoing and unmet needs of children searching for their forever homes. During this season of giving and gratitude, the truth is that more than 7,000 kids in Kentucky will spend the holidays in the care of someone other than their family of origin.

  • Southern Baptists have long opposed same-sex marriage and ordaining gay ministers, arguing that the Bible unequivocally rejects homosexuality as sinful and perverted.

    The Louisville-based Kentucky Baptist Convention hasn’t left that position to interpretation. The powerful Southern Baptist group, which has 2,400 churches and 750,000 members across the state, has ousted congregations that bless gay unions and welcome people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender as pastors and missionaries.

  • Being a state that is closely tied to the horse racing industry, it’s not a surprise that expanded gambling is frequently discussed in Kentucky. Even more, it’s no surprise this issue comes up when the woes of Kentucky’s economy are mentioned. Keeping those things in mind, there are a few questions we should ask.

    Would expanded gambling improve the work ethic of Kentuckians?

  • As part of the state’s Don’t Let Them Die campaign, the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and Operation UNITE have created the KY Help Call Center to connect residents with drug treatment, according to Gov. Matt Bevin’s office.

    The toll-free hotline — 1-833-8KY-HELP (1-833-859-4357) — opens on Dec. 1 and is intended for individuals struggling with substance abuse as well as family members.

  • Could legal medical marijuana be on the horizon in Kentucky?

    Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said Wednesday she wants to legalize medical marijuana in the Bluegrass State by 2018.

    A task force, led by Grimes, will also study and propose potential implementation and regulation processes.

    In a statement, Grimes said, “2018 is and must be the year when Kentucky finally steps up on medical marijuana. We have to get this done to help Kentuckians who are hurting.”

  • The leaves fell and the weather grew cooler as we transitioned into this blustery November. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, the Legislature continues to hold Interim Joint Committee meetings throughout the Commonwealth and in Frankfort.

  • As the current Commander of the Spencer County American Veterans (AMVETS) Post 129, I  am writing this letter to say thank you to all of Spencer County for the awesome support we receive here in Taylorsville and all of Spencer County.
    Post 129 is made up of veterans and/or active members of all branches of our military and we welcome for membership, any and all who have served in our armed forces and received an honorable discharge.

  • The Spencer County Animal Shelter recently held its second annual It’s All About the Paws fundraising dinner. Once again, this community showed its support for the shelter and our county’s animals, and we could not be more grateful.

  • After reading John Riley’s letter to the editor of November 1, 2017, and his reference to petty politics, I have to ask of his petty, dirty and childish politics of solely stopping the paving of the road I live on, at my property line.

    To add insult to injury, on the first county mowing, the mower stopped at my property line also. This mowing was followed in the fall after Johnson grass was taller than six feet.

  • State Representative Rocky Adkins, Democrat House Minority Leader, wrote a guest newspaper column “on behalf of the other 35 members of the Kentucky House Democratic Caucus” criticizing the proposed pension fix currently being debated in the legislature.