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Opinion

  • I have lived in Spencer County my whole life – by choice, and, up until now I am proud of our community and felt safe. Lately, I feel that our community is “under attack.”

    If I was exploring a community with the idea of re-locating, I would certainly be deterred by huge signs depicting the community as one led by “crooks, thieves, and thugs.” If I was new to this community, I would wonder what kind of ills I had exposed my family to.

  • In a family, there are ties that outside forces cannot break. This closeness must be developed and accepted as a special gift. Once we accept each other and let a normal growth take place, our relationships will become stronger as the years go by.

    A community of friends helps each of us to look outside of self. We learn from each other, we play together, we worship the Lord together, we watch a maturity of living and let life take place without even trying. Friends and neighbors are gifts you can’t buy.

  • A common complaint heard in grocery lines, and even at church, these days is about all the political commercials. They are unavoidable. Each side pitching their answer to all that ails on TV, radio and, of course, in newspaper. After a while, voters just tune it out.

  • I would like to submit this letter on behalf of Darby Smith for District Court Judge, Division II, for the 53rd Judicial District.

  • I am a registered Spencer County republican and I wanted to write to you about the importance of the election this November.

    Our country and state governments have become more political and more polarized than I can remember. Both parties are so consumed with power and politics, that they have forgotten they are there to work on behalf of all citizens. It is time we as citizens say, “enough.”

    The only way to do that, is to vote for the person, not the party.

  • Nov. 2 we go to the polls to elect our leaders for the next four years. This is the time to lay friendship aside and elect public servants for a change. Now let’s take a look at what we have. We have a sheriff with seven deputies and a tax collector on the payroll. We have a clerk with six deputies on the payroll. I know they claim they pay this out of their fees, but who pays their fees? It’s the taxpayer and all excess fees go to the county treasury. We have an administration who gave us the biggest tax raise in the history of Spencer County.

  • The political season is in full swing. From the left and the right, from Republicans and Democrats, from conservatives and liberals, everyone is clamoring for your vote.

    The signs are up along the roadway, the radio is full of interviews and debates, and on TV last night I saw the attack ads in all their ugly glory!

    Have you noticed that every politician promises to make your life better?

  • Over the past four years the direction of our city has been changed forever. Problems that have been ignored for decades are now being tackled by Mayor Pay and the current City Commission.

    Mayor Pay is leading the way in rebuilding our city street by street. I believe these streetscape and infrastructure projects will play a big part in our future economic development and tourism opportunities in addition to increasing our quality of life and property values. My hope is Taylorsville continues to be rebuilt and improved and Mayor Pay is committed to doing just that.

  • 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.