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Opinion

  • LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

  • Right up front I want to thank the Kentucky Standard, the Pioneer News, and the Spencer Magnet for faithfully printing these columns. I know they don’t do it as a favor to me, but rather to you, their readers. They know that these columns are my writing to you, rather than a stock piece from a staffer in the House. A friend from Spencer County told me once that he liked my writing; said it was at fourth-grade level, so he could understand it. I’m pretty sure he meant it as a compliment, even though he has a college degree or two.

  • Editor’s note: Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps. It appears here courtesy of newseum.org.

    “Dear editor: I am 8 years old.

  • A wise editor once told me that most smaller communities suffer in the area of economic development because their leaders don’t want to become economically developed.
    Sure, to your face, they’ll tell you they want to bring in more business, industry and people to their town — they want to see their city grow. But, when given the chance to move forward and urge economic development, they sit quietly, listening for crickets, and failing to second a motion that could move their city forward.

  • While there was no shortage of good ideas for the new Spencer County Public Library at a public meeting last Thursday, I, for one, have to say I was quite disappointed with the turnout.
    I counted around a dozen people at the meeting — and that count included the library director, the architect in charge of the project, a representative from the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, three library board members and this newspaper editor.

  • Each day, we are provided with choices. You alone control not necessarily what your day entails, but how you deal with what comes your way.
    I was reminded of this in full force over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
    I traveled back to Pineville to spend time with family and overall, had a wonderful trip. My mother, however, didn’t quite see it that way.
    Thanksgiving Day went off without a hitch, but Black Friday took quite a literal translation at the Mason household (as a reminder, my maiden name is Mason).

  • Marketing was not my major in college, and thus, I don’t claim to know anything about it.
    However, to my untrained brain, any marketing move that blatantly eliminates half of a potential customer base doesn’t seem to be a good one.
    Dr. Pepper recently released a new product that features “10 manly calories” and boasts the slogan, “Dr. Pepper Ten: It’s not for women.”
    Wow, OK, Dr. Pepper. Now that you’ve clued me in, I won’t buy your new product or any of the other ones.

  • Close your eyes for a minute and go back to your favorite Christmas as a child. You can probably smell, if not taste, the cookies you left under the tree for Santa.
    You can probably feel the anticipation gathering up inside you. Maybe you hear the crackling of a fire place and feel your eyes getting heavy as you try to catch the man with a belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly.
    My guess is that most of you reading this woke up that Christmas morning with toys piled so high around the tree you didn’t know where to start.

  • It might sound crazy, but I’m blaming my car’s Monday morning flat tire on a deer.
    No, it’s antlers didn’t puncture a hole in my tire, and it didn’t get mad and stomp in the tire with its hooves, but I have to blame the flat tire on something and the deer just fits the bill.
    According to the Kentucky State Police, deer are on the move throughout Kentucky in November because autumn has finally arrived and deer hunting season is still pending.

  • As a big ol’ united world, we set a record Oct. 31. Not only did we celebrate Halloween, we passed a landmark by going over 7 billion people inhabiting our planet. Should we also throw a party for this epic event? I think we need to look at the existing facts of life.
    Of all the existing water sources in the world, only one percent is fit for human use in its present state. Our current fueling systems are polluting the air, and depleting our natural resources. And, in the U.S., we have a serious infrastructure problem.

  • Today is Start Eating Healthy Day. On this day, the American Heart Association encourages families and organizations to make small changes to incorporate healthier food choices and increase awareness of the importance of good nutrition.
    Start Eating Healthy Day is about building good cardiovascular health through making great lifestyle choices and emphasizing the benefits of a proper diet.
    The association urges people to focus on food – choosing nutritious items and preparing them in ways that promote heart health.

  • I don’t usually write letters to the paper, but in this case I just couldn’t help myself. I have read several issues of The Spencer Magnet reporting on County Clerk Judy Puckett, and I must say I am absolutely appalled at the fact that she still holds an office.
    I have met Judy on several occasions and I have to say she is a rude public official.
    With this money situation, I mean, what kind of person have we elected?  She doesn’t even clerk fiscal court meetings any longer, which is part of her job, and seems to hardly ever be in the office.

  • If you’ll notice, just a bit to your right, we have the results of this week’s poll question. Granted it’s not exactly a controversial topic, we still didn’t get very many votes this week.
    It doesn’t take a mathematical genius to see that, ahem, one-third of our voters were dressing up for Halloween and two-thirds were not.

  • To ensure its future the United States Postal Service (USPS) must do more than seek short-term fixes to its long-term financial problems. Year after year, the United States Postal Service continues to raise postal rates to cover its growing expenses without adequately addressing its significant underlying organizational and operational issues. Instead it is offering to cut service by eliminating Saturday mail delivery.

  • We have now completed our state-managed waste tire amnesty program of 2011. It started on a wet note, but, although windy, Friday and Saturday were much better than they could have been. I do not have a final tally, but Martin Tire Service hauled several trailer loads to the shredder.
    We now have a four-year wait until our name comes up again, so please make a note to dispose of any scrap tires you may accumulate in a proper manner. It seems that Simpson Creek will have to be added to Salt River on our list of waste tire contaminated streams in Spencer County.

  • Halloween isn’t typically thought of as a holiday steeped in family tradition – at least not for my family.
    Sure, I went trick-or-treating as a child and dressed up in my fair share of costumes, but I can’t put my finger on anything I would count as a tradition.
    However, this year, just a few days before Halloween, I find myself thinking about family quite a bit.
    Halloween is a surefire sign that it’s fall and with fall comes my favorite holiday – my birthday, of course – followed by Thanksgiving and then Christmas.

  • As you read this, the Waste Tire Amnesty is history for four years, the Fall Rumpke Curbside Pickup is finished, and we have our non-profit groups lined up to collect the roadside litter for our Fall Litter Abatement Program.
    If you missed the Waste Tire Amnesty, please call me and tell me why, so I can make the necessary adjustments in our method of announcing events to the public at large. If, for some reason, you missed the curbside junk pickup notices, call me and tell me what could be done that would catch your attention.

  • One day I was wearing my red ribbon lapel pin and a close friend of 15 years asked about its meaning. I said it was in support of Red Ribbon Week. When she asked me what Red Ribbon Week was, I was taken aback.

  • We are seeing the weeks fly by at an alarming rate. Christmas will soon be here. We have an overload of planning we must do now to make it work in the near future.

  • This week, National Newspaper Week, some of our staff members reflect on what newspapers – The Spencer Magnet, in particular – mean to them.

    We value highly our readers and the folks in Spencer County, and we are the only local news medium whose sole interest is to showcase Spencer County and mark its history for generations to follow.