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Opinion

  • While the discussion in Frankfort lately is about pension reform, many believe the far more serious problem is the unfunded liability in each pension plan.

  • Every summer, Americans celebrate Independence Day and amidst all the picnics, ballgames and fireworks, some of us still try to honor the spirit of rugged individualism that America was built on.

    Here in Kentucky, many of us trace our roots back to hearty pioneers who followed the path through the Cumberland Gap, or who floated down the Ohio River on flatboats to settle this wild and beautiful land.

  • Former House Speaker Jody Richards recently joined the growing chorus of longtime Democratic legislators announcing they would not seek re-election this year.

    Richards, D-Bowling Green, who went to Frankfort the year Jimmy Carter was elected president, pounded the gavel in the House for 14 years, making him the longest-serving Speaker in Kentucky’s history.

  • The General Assembly is back in regular session as of January 2 and it looks to be another productive, busy time as over one hundred bills have already been filed, pension reform looms, and a $22 billion budget and road plan must be formulated, debated and passed into law.

    This session is twice as long as last year – 60 days, with our last day being April 15 – in order to craft a budget as well as typical legislation.

  • Tuesday was National Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Day. It’s not a recognized national holiday or widely recognized by the general public, but it seems fitting that those men and women whose goal is to ‘serve and protect’ are worthy of a tip of hat or a pat on the back.

    We live in an age where there’s a lot of anger and suspicion directed at police officers. Some of it is warranted, but most of it is not.

  • In November 2016, the American people sent President Trump to the White House and Republican majorities back to Congress. We worked together to make 2017, by any objective standard, a year of extraordinary accomplishment. While the national media may overlook or downplay any of these successes, the fact remains that Congress has achieved a number of priorities this past year for the people we represent.

  • State government is shrinking under Gov. Matt Bevin, and state Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, pre-filed a bill last month that aims to address that decrease.

  • Over the next couple of weeks, The Spencer Magnet will be reviewing and publishing our new letters policy that will cover letters during the upcoming primary election season.

    Our intent is to allow the free exchange of ideas and opinions, but not to permit this newspaper to be used as a tool by those who wish to cast personal campaigns. We will also be looking at limits to how often and when actual candidates can submit letters to the editor.

  • As we wrap up Christmas and 2017 comes to a close, it is important to look back on all the significant accomplishments Kentucky has experienced this past year.

    It has been a record-breaking year for business investments thanks to pro-growth legislation passed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. Kentucky has seen more than $8.5 billion invested in our economy and in our people. More than 14,900 new well-paid, full-time jobs have been created just since January.

  • My wife and I have reached that place in our lives where Christmas afternoons are quiet. Our children are married, which means they have other places to go. So after gifts are unwrapped, batteries are inserted into grandchildren’s toys, and those same toys are stepped on, lost and then found again - they pack up and move on to another home to repeat the chaos, leaving us with an free afternoon and evening.

  • At a fiscal court meeting, Linda George said the court has a right and obligation to limit some of the frivolous comments by citizens when citizens are allowed to make comments at the opening of the meeting and indeed they do. But I have a serious issue with that. What she is saying is the court should restrict the First Amendment rights of the citizens of freedom of expression. What is frivolous to her may be very important to the citizen making the comment.

  • You may or may not be the type of person who makes New Year resolutions, but we hope you do resolve to stay informed this year.

    2018 promises to be a very important year, nationally, in Kentucky, and here locally. Despite the temptation to grow apathetic and think your voice doesn’t matter, know this - your opinion counts!

    But your opinion matters even more when you voice it. Leaders can be swayed by your input and by hearing from voters. You have power, but only when you choose to exercise it.

  • Christmas on Main Street was a huge success this year and we have our community to thank for making it all happen.

    From our schools, churches, businesses and organizations, to individuals too many to mention, and I would hate to leave anyone out.

    Just know that we, the committee, could not make this happen without you.

    This event is for the children of our community to have a magical Christmas time, as some may not get to experience.

    A big thank you to our committee as well. Merry Christmas to you and your families.

  • Wow!

    The citizens of Spencer County have done it again. I thought I would never write another letter to the editor again concerning Main Street’s Christmas Home Tour. But here I am. I found the secret to traveling the tour was in a 25-person van filled almost to capacity. It was a treat to enjoy the company of such pleasant and enjoyable people.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.