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Opinion

  • George Washington was a Federalist and the first Congress was a majority Federalist assembly. That included both the Senate and House. The Federalists appointed the first Supreme Court and they began to form a Federalist leaning government by their interpretations of the Constitution. A Federalist is one who wants a strong Federal government with little or no States or Individual Rights. The Federalists formed the government that we now have and little has changed.

  • Have you ever had that overwhelming feeling of walking into a situation where so much needs to be done that you don’t know where to start? Perhaps you feel it when you need to clean out the garage or attic or after a wind storm knocks down trees and limbs all over your yard.
    You stand back, scan the area and dread the time, effort and energy that will be required for the task. However, five minutes into the job, and the dread slowly dissipates as you begin to see progress.

  • The controversial religious freedom law in Indiana and other states was about much more than whether a baker, florist, or even pizzeria can be forced to cater to a gay wedding. Opponents of the law attempt to reduce the issue to those simple terms in an effort to frame it solely as a matter of discrimination. The strategy is to create victims and villains.
    However, it’s not about discrimination, but about discretion – which Webster defines as “the freedom to act or judge on one’s own.” These laws are about protecting our freedom of choice.

  • Kentucky junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul made it official Tuesday — he is running for president.
    “I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government,” Paul announced on his website, randpaul.com.
    Paul, a freshman senator and ophthalmologist who made his home in Bowling Green more than 20 years ago, was scheduled to personally announce his bid for the White House at noon Tuesday at the Galt House.

  • We often speak of our sense of “Community” in Spencer County and it was a keyword in the most recent election. Your newspaper is vital to maintaining and increasing our sense of community.
    One of the ways of helping us to know our neighbors is your weekly report of property purchases. Sometimes you show the new neighbor’s names and address (most helpful) but oftentimes their address is omitted or simply stated as a property in Deed Book such as Page such. This way of reporting is rather pointless.

  • Certain things are just the right fit. When I was a kid, I had a an old baseball hat. It was yellow and I got it as a pine-sitting member of the Winchester Little League A’s.
    At a flea market well after the season, I ran upon a patch with an Indian’s head on it with the simple words “Custer Had It Coming.” I was crazy about American Indian history, so I bought the patch, asked my mom to sew it over the “A’s” on my hat, and from that point, that hat provided near constant covering for my noggin for at least a couple of years.

  • I am writing this article to hopefully clear up some of the “small town talk” going on. As being a City of Taylorsville Commissioner I would like to answer some of the questions asked.

  • President Barack Obama promised as a candidate in 2008 that he would bring transparency to government, but more than six years later he has brought anything but that.

    The Obama administration now holds the shameful honor of setting a record of denying and censoring government records that should be made available to the public.

  • In a company newsletter that is distributed each month to Landmark employees, it was noted that this month marks twenty-five years since Landmark Community Newspapers purchased The Spencer Magnet from Claude and Dolly Brock in late March of 1990. The Brocks were highly respected in the newspaper industry and all throughout Kentucky, but even more so among people living in and around Spencer County.

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    by BRIAN HUNHOFF/Guest Columnist

  • by Sen. Jimmy Higdon

  • Reader urges elected officials to follow citizen’s lead
    During the recent snow storm I had the opportunity to witness several acts of kindness. Neighbors helping neighbors.

  • We have taken up a variety of issues over the last year since I have been at the Spencer Magnet. Early on in my tenure here, we wrote a number of editorials regarding the city of Taylorsville. Over the last few months however, we have focused more on the county’s issues on this page and have not mentioned the city’s issues.

  • Sen. Jimmy Higdon

  • This week marks the second week that a fire has disrupted our newspaper production schedule. Regular readers of the Spencer Magnet are aware that last week, a fire at our plant in Shepherdsville required us to produce the paper several hours away in Tell City, Indiana.
    Because of the change, we were required to print only one section of the newspaper. The distance also disrupted our normal smooth delivery schedule resulting in late arrivals for most people’s newspaper last week.

  • Judge Executive explains position on the Blue Bridge
    Approximately eight years ago the Kentucky Department of Transportation made a decision to replace the Hwy 55 South bridge over Salt River in Taylorsville. Commonly known as the “Blue Bridge” it is an historic Pratt Steel Truss Bridge that was constructed in 1932. The Pratt Truss design was patented in 1844 by Thomas and Caleb Pratt, Boston railroad engineers.

  • Last week winter weather graced Spencer County and the rest of Kentucky to the tune of several inches of snowfall, with additional rain and ice on Saturday.
    Last week, the streets of Taylorsville were completely dead, as city and county offices, as well as, several businesses were closed early in the week. Spencer County Public Schools were also closed last week due to the weather.
    In situations like this the newspaper remains open, along with emergency services personnel and the city and county road crews.

  • The Paducah Sun

  • Reader takes on the school board and the Blue Bridge
    About the school board, if in fact the school board is being run by Chuck Adams and the chairperson is his puppet then the school board needs to resign and let Mr. Adams run the whole shebang. As to Chuck Adams having some very lucrative job offers as suggested by Woodie Cheek then I suggest he take one of them, if they in fact exist, which I doubt they do.

  • Each morning when I get up for work, I am not quite sure what the day will bring. The beauty of working in the newspaper business is that each day has the potential to be a new adventure. Not every profession offers the opportunity for variance each and every day, so I am thankful to have a job that keeps me on my toes.
    First-responders also have jobs which vary from day to day. Sometimes the day brings an exciting turn of events, other times a day can bring tragedy. This past Friday was one of those circumstances where tragedy struck in the most unforeseen of ways.