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Opinion

  • Now that the U.S. Senate has passed bipartisan S 1789 to reform the ailing U.S. Postal Service, critics are trying to disable the bill on its way to the House. Both postal unions and USPS want more for their side, and some Republicans mistakenly believe the bill burdens taxpayers.
    Unfortunately, Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul both bought into that logic and opposed S 1789.

  • Today, as I write, it is 80 degrees outside. Yesterday, it was 50.
    The tree pollen is heavy, vegetation is growing like crazy. My sinuses are killing me. Welcome to spring.
    We have been forced to dodge showers to pick up the litter along our roads, but a lot of progress has been made. I am proud of the effort being put into the project. Anything, including a roadway, looks better when it is clean. It is making a great improvement to the appearance of our county.

  • Much to my parents’ pleasure and my personal and professional well being, I am a novice when it comes to methamphetamine labs.
    The same goes for my coworkers, so I am sure we’ve been at least a little amusing for our local law enforcement officials to be around as we covered the most recent busts in the county.

  • My least favorite complaint we receive about our paper or media outlets in general is that readers are tired of seeing all of the bad news. Countless times I’ve heard, “All you see in that paper/on that TV station is crime, murder and abuse.”
    Well, please don’t be offended, but if that truly is all you see, you’re simply not looking close enough.

  • It’s no secret. The political division in Spencer County is probably at a height that residents have not seen in recent years. And, in some ways, it’s about the drastic change in political ideology that the last local election brought. Ultimately, the voters spoke. Now we are seeing the change unfold.

  • What a mess. It is really hard to identify any plausible information in regard to the “alleged” meat packing plant that could be coming to Spencer County that has government meetings and the county abuzz with speculation.

  • I’ll focus this week on a few of the disappointments, as I see them, of this legislative session. There were positives, of course: we passed a budget on time; I passed three bills out of the House, and two became law; there were other good things. But work in some areas came up short. These aren’t in any particular order, so here goes.

  • I used to gaze in awe at the framed certificate that hung on my dad’s wall. He had spent four years in the U.S. Navy, 20 plus years in the U.S. Army Reserves and his civilian job was for the Department of Defense. He spent his life as an enlisted man — yet this certificate in his office declared him a full-fledged Kentucky colonel.

  • Editor’s note: Over the next few weeks, The Spencer Magnet will publish letters from Spencer County High School seniors written as part of their senior projects. The students chose their own topics and did their own research. As with all letters submitted to The Spencer Magnet, they may appear edited for space or content purposes.

    Censorship is all around us

  • This time next week, you may just find a surprise in your mailbox.
    Twice each year, The Spencer Magnet publishes a countywide sample, which is mailed to every household in Spencer County. Next Wednesday, April 4, is the first of those editions this year.
    We hear in life that nothing is truly free, but we at the Magnet beg to differ.

  • The Senate had a full week of legislation and committee meetings, in addition to logging in long hours working on the state’s biannual budget. With 10 days remaining, you will see a flurry of bills voted through the chambers and updates on the budget and state’s road plan these last few working days.
    Last week, the Senate considered and approved many important measures. Two in particular propose constitutional amendments.

  • When you want a license to practice, say, cosmetology, you need the permission of the Kentucky Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists. Without a license issued by them, you can’t teach cosmetology, own a business that teaches it, become an apprentice in cosmetology, or operate a beauty salon. Same thing applies to nail technicians. Why? Consumer protection. You can hurt someone using chemicals, or operate your salon in unsanitary conditions that could make someone ill.

  • This year, it feels like spring came a month ago. Warm weather, flowers blooming and grass growing are all signs of spring. We also need to consider all the activities spring brings. We have Commonwealth Cleanup Week that began Saturday and non-profit groups can sign up to be a part of our Spring Roadside Litter Abatement Drive.

  • It was a beautiful, spring-like week in our Commonwealth. I enthusiastically tackled a busy schedule; here are a few of the details.  On Monday, March 12, we recognized the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary in the rotunda and on the House floor during session.  

  • How many times have you heard someone say there just isn’t anything for young people to do in Spencer County? Outside of rec league sports and extra-curricular activities at school, the options are pretty limited.
    Our hope is that something happens — and fast — to resuscitate the disc golf course originally planned to be open by now at Taylorsville Lake State Park.
    Many Spencer Countians aren’t familiar with the game of disc golf and a lot will dismiss it because it’s unfamiliar.

  • Whether you are a legislator or a voter, it is always helpful to be like Paul Harvey and have the rest of the story.
     
    Another interesting week in Frankfort that has left voters wondering what is going on and what is going to happen.