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Opinion

  • There is a quote I’ve always loved that, if memory serves me, was born in the mind of Jalal al-Din Rumi, the greatest Sufi thinker: You are raw until you travel – until you bring yourself into the world and join yourself with existence; then you are cooked.

  • At the time this paper printed, Taylorsville’s Main Street Committee had four key vacancies.
    Most are probably aware of the Main Street manager position left open when Annette King fulfilled her contract at the end of the fiscal year.
    It’s a minimum of 10 hours per week and pays $7,000 a year – at least that’s what the city commission currently has budgeted in that slot.
    The other three positions are strictly on a volunteer basis and are new to the Main Street structure this year.

  • Editor’s Note: Lance Allison is the president/CEO of the Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce. He spoke to the Taylorsville-Spencer County Chamber of Commerce last Thursday on the importance of relationships and shared this column, first published in the Murray Ledger and Times, with The Spencer Magnet.

  • As you can see on today’s front page, law enforcement officials are chalking up the 18-month-old sale of alcohol to a wash – and rightly so.
    Every official this reporter talked to shared the same sentiment. As Sheriff Buddy Stump put it, “I haven’t seen any more [DUIs], but I haven’t seen any less.”
    The numbers themselves are somewhat conflicting – at first glance, it looks like DUI arrests went up (+37) while DUI convictions went down (-11). And if that’s as far as we take it, there are lots of questions to be asked.

  • Surprises! These are the unexpected and unforeseen occurrences in life which may elicit feelings of excitement and joy just as they can throw us a curve and perplex us.

  • It’s not often a newspaper gets the chance to correct a mistake 37 years after the fact, but that’s exactly what I’m doing today.

  • 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.