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Opinion

  • I was reading the book of Job and thought about our leaders trying to run our country without God. Every one of them needs to read the book of Job. The very best reason I can think of why they should read it is because they have taken the richest country in the world to the brink of bankruptcy. We may ask, “Why?” I think that is very simple. I believe they have quit listening to God and thought they knew more than he did and thought they had more power and they did not need God.

  • We live in truly amazing times, when literally anyone can instantly connect with the whole world.  Any opinion or random thought can be posted and shared in seconds.  The technological explosion of the last few years and the rise of things like Facebook and Twitter mean that you can share everything almost instantly.

  • Last Thursday, many of the county’s business leaders (and myself) gathered at the Spencer County Chamber of Commerce building for the Chamber’s annual picnic and membership appreciation meeting.
    You’ll see some pretty entertaining photos on the back of this week’s B section, and if it looks like we were being goofy and having a good time, then you’re getting the right idea.
    The Chamber board provided plaques to all of its members and prepared a meal that we all enjoyed.
    And then there was the game.

  • It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through summer. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to visit with many of you at school sporting events, graduation ceremonies, county fairs, local festivals and Chamber of Commerce events.

  • The 7-year-old version of Shannon Mason (at the time) differs in most ways from the 26-year-old Shannon Brock you see today.
    She was blonde, petite, shy and more concerned about finding her favorite My Little Pony than fact-checking a news story.
    But there is at least one thing these two versions of me have in common – we’re absolutely crazy about the words “back to school.”
    I know, I know – it sounds insane. But I truly have loved school since I was old enough to go, and I always have loved back-to-school shopping.

  • [In the June 22 edition], your religion writer wrote about Judea winning its six-day war and America losing the Vietnam War.
    Why did Judea win the war? Was it because Judea keeps the seventh-day Sabbath and America chooses to keep the Roman Sabbath?

    God has a reason for the Sabbath – a purpose in it. Those who assemble to worship God and the Lord Jesus Christ in any way contrary to the way or the time that God’s word commands are not worshipping him in spirit and in truth. God will not accept their worship.

  • On behalf of the North Central District Board of Health and the public health director, congratulations go out to the Spencer County Health Coordinator Leigh Stratton and the employees of the Spencer County Health Department for receiving an exemplary report for services rendered and for their overall operation of the facility.

    Recently, an audit was conducted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Health and Human Services Division and the Spencer County Health Department was successfully compliant in 649 categories out of 650.

  • Much has been written in the Magnet concerning our outgoing executive director of our Economic Development Authority. Many local residents and business owners are deeply saddened by recent actions of our elected officials to stop funding the EDA. Hopefully, our leaders have a magic grand plan hidden away that will transform Spencer County into the bustling metropolis that they seem to believe is possible. If so, they are not willing to share the secret plan.

  • By CURTIS OCHS
    Solid Waste Coordinator for Spencer County

  • At dusk Monday night, I sat in my back yard with my husband in our fancy (read: not fancy at all) new lounge chairs waiting for the fireworks in Lawrenceburg to begin.

    We hadn’t seen each other all day – he was working, I was out of town – so the fireworks that weren’t hidden behind houses or trees set a nice backdrop for our nightly catching up on conversation.

  • I’m sure you didn’t notice, but I was absent from my post at The Spencer Magnet at the end of the week last week. My husband and I took a much needed trip to Chicago.
    I won’t linger on that, except to mention my bravery in stepping out onto the Skydeck at the Willis Tower. It makes one a wee bit woozy to step out onto glass, see-through flooring 103 floors up in the air. But I did it and have pictures to prove it.

  • Free speech is obviously important to me. After all, I’m a journalist. If it wasn’t for the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, the government might be sitting over my shoulder right now telling me what to write. When that type of censorship occurs, you don’t get the truth. You get propaganda – and I have a strong distaste for media propaganda.

  • By law, publicly elected bodies do not have to hear comment from those who literally put them in their places, and for a while the Taylorsville City Commission didn’t.
    However, within the past couple months, the commission has started taking public comment, but as we pointed out a few weeks ago, there is a catch.
    According to the city’s policy, which is spelled out on agendas for regularly scheduled meetings, citizens wishing to address the commission must make their requests known by noon on the Friday before the Tuesday meeting.

  • Whether it’s the collective soft buzz of many or the loud buzz of a few, we’ve been hearing a rumble about our seemingly new practice of penning “unsigned editorials.”
    While it may not be a practice with which some are familiar, it’s not an altogether new idea. For instance, our sister papers in Anderson and Shelby counties do the same thing.

  • Eight years ago, I sat figuratively where the Spencer County High School class of 2011 will be sitting on Friday night.
    I donned my cap and gown and stared into the face of my future.
    I was lucky enough in 2003 to have the privilege of addressing my classmates with a speech. I’m lucky enough in 2011 to have the privilege of giving a little bit of advice to this year’s graduates as they stare into their own futures.

  • Last Wednesday, Spencer County had its own version of “The Decision,” but instead of LeBron James announcing he was taking his talents to South Beach, Judge-Executive Bill Karrer announced he’d be pulling his vote of support to fund the Taylorsville-Spencer County Economic Development Authority.
    Like King James’ decision, whether or not you agree with the message, many are finding fault with Karrer’s method of delivery.

  • The people of Taylorsville need to demand more openness from their mayor and city commissioners. It sometimes seems as if they have forgotten they are elected officials – not appointed or hired by a private entity.
    For weeks, the commission has been deliberating issues like water and sewer rates, city worker pay, solicitation ordinances, emergency response efforts and more. Those are important issues about which the public should be demanding to know more.
    But the meetings are sparsely attended, and it’s time to look at why.

  • Congratulations, Spencer County.  In the April 6 edition of the Spencer Magnet, Editor Shannon Brock reported the encouraging news that Spencer County was ranked 11th in overall health out of 120 of Kentucky’s counties according to the 2011 County Health Ranking study (Story is reprinted above.).

    This is a yearly study conducted by the University of Wisconsin Population Institute in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

  • I am not an exemplary figure when it comes to good sleeping habits. In the past, and even sometimes now, I sleep whenever I can. I also tend to be a night owl and a morning zombie, so the idea of early to bed and early to rise is one I am working to embrace, but I definitely have progress to make in that area.

  • So the Marrowbone Community Market at 109 Jefferson Street in Taylorsville — formerly known as Riverbend — sold a $52,000 winning ticket, according to the Kentucky Lottery Corporation.

    That might be exciting news for the ticket holder, except that person has yet to be identified. Perhaps the more pressing news is that they only have until tomorrow to figure it out.