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Opinion

  • I just want the community of Taylorsville to know what wonderful fire departments we have. My family experienced a fire in our barn and older house last week. I’m not sure what departments were here besides Elk Creek but they worked tirelessly and were on the scene within minutes. You really don’t know how much to appreciate them until its your home or property.

  • We would like to thank all the candidates and citizens that attended the Candidates Night/Spaghetti Supper for the Ladies Auxiliary on Oct.7th. We had over 40 candidates and more than 70 citizens attend making this one of our most successful fundraisers for our veterans.

    Dianne Stamper-Sheeley

    Ladies Auxiliary Secretary

     

  • The election is less than two weeks from now and the people of Spencer County will cast their important vote for the future direction of the city and county. Their vote will be a decision on which way we want to proceed. Our county will be challenged by the changes that are happening all around us. I ask myself, do we want to continue along the same direction or do we want to inject some new ideas and energy into our local government?

  • I’ve always wondered about the people who run for an elected office in our government. What fuels their desire to want to go through the battle of an election and then their time in office?

    For many, I believe, it is an uncontrollable need to work for the people they serve and make things “right.”

    There’s no ulterior motive, no selfish need for power, only the drive to help other people.

  • I would like to personally thank everyone that worked so hard to make the Progressive Dinner such a success! Hats off to the volunteers for their tremendous effort.

  • Working with military and veterans organizations, I have learned a great deal about leadership, dedication, integrity, and commitment. Words such as duty, respect, honor, courage, and selfless service define what these men and women represent.

    What we need in our government today are men and women who not only believe in these qualities but live them.

  • Some plants are prolific; some are not. Dandelion seed floats through the air and disperses far and wide in spring or summer; hundreds of tiny seeds burst from the spent blooms of cleome as a sphinx moth feeds at dusk; and you can just walk past some hairy cress and millions of seed burst forth from the draft! Woody plants seem to be a bit more elusive.

    I have never seen a Serbian spruce spring forth from a fallen cone or an apple tree emerge from rotten fruit beneath the canopy. Starting woody plants from seed can be a bit more tricky.

  • I am writing this in response to the letter from Gina Jesse, of Shelbyville.

    I am sure that the North Central Health Department is quite capable of handling their business as a multimillion dollar public health entity. If they felt that there was any concern with David Jenkins being the chairman, I am quite sure that they would address their concerns with him directly.

  • The pursuit of a well paying job here in America seems to be getting increasingly more difficult. People are losing their jobs at an alarming rate, and many that still have work have had to take a cut in pay and work more hours. This is happening nationwide, regardless of the level of education.

    The reason for this should be obvious to everyone. There aren’t enough businesses in our nation to support the American workforce.

  • Rand Paul has said numerous times the Medicare deductible should be raised to $2,000. (Video shown on WHAS11 Oct. 4). This is a lot of money coming out of your pocket every year. If you have a spouse, their deductible will be $2,000 also, equaling $4,000 per year. He also wants the average Social Security payment to be cut from $1,100 to $700.

  • Some Kentucky farmers have already started feeding hay due to the dry weather.

    Because drought conditions vary across the state, the feeding of hay also varies depending on location.

    Smart hay conservation will help you make it through the winter. Value the hay crop you have.

    To get the most out of your supply, don’t waste it by providing more than your livestock can eat or more than they need. The general rule is between 1.5 percent and 2.5 percent of the animal’s body weight per day in total feed.

  • In less than three weeks, voters, both here in Spencer County and in other communities across the United States, will head to the polls. Many have called this mid-term election the most important election in our country’s history.

  • The 2010 election has become perhaps the most important election in our lifetime, but only if informed voters who support job creation, fiscal responsibility show up at the polls on Nov. 2. This election isn’t about Democrats or Republicans, it’s about making America strong. The current job-killing Democratic Party has been overrun by groups wanting to turn our great country into a socialist-like nightmare. Congress and their allies at MoveOn.org, Organizing for America, ACORN and the unions are desperate and they are going all out to win.

  • This past weekend was Homecoming in Taylorsville. Oops, I just remembered, they changed the name to Octoberfest! But I guess I still think of it as Homecoming.

    The parade, the bands, the food, and the friends all make it a good time, no matter what you call it.

    But I must admit, I just love the sound of “Homecoming.” I served in the Marines for several years and spent about a year overseas without my wife; homecoming meant a lot to me. As a pastor, I have the chance to go on missions trips and attend conferences that often take me away from home.

  • As a taxpayer and health care provider of Shelby County, I am concerned about the abilities and credibility of the current North Central District Health Department Board Chairman. North Central is a multimillion dollar public health entity, funded primarily through our tax dollars, on a local, state and federal level. David Jenkins, the current county judge executive of Spencer County, holds that position.

  • Like many people, I’m on a strict budget these days. Every new tax or increased tax reduces what I can spend in local businesses – even at Froman’s, as I didn’t have the money to refill an allergy prescription last month. The four percent tax increase allowed to circumvent the democratic process was legalized in a time of inflation when everybody was getting raises, but I actually heard one office-holder with the gall to call it “automatic,” even when people aren’t getting raises and are lucky to have jobs.

  • As I was writing this column, we still did not know when Trick or Treat on Main Street would be held. The Taylorsville City Commissioners were scheduled to make a decision Tuesday night. Would the cavity-ensuing event happen on All Hallow’s Eve night, or the day before on Saturday, Oct. 30.

    How exactly did we get to the point where government officials had the deciding role of when kids could go out begging for candy? Let me explain.

  • This week's editorial cartoon takes a look at the ridiculous amounts of political advertisements clogging the airways.