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Opinion

  • 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.

  • Shakespeare wrote; “There is nothing so common as the wish to be remarkable.” This weekend’s Octoberfest in the city will be another reason why this place we call “home” is remarkable. The city will come alive again with pageants, parades, arts and crafts, music, car show, displays, booths, great food, games, and family fun all weekend. Thanks to Gary Kehne, Patsy Lewis, and the hard work and imagination of all of the volunteers and staff who make this event a success every year. I look forward to seeing everyone there.

  • My family is fairly new to Spencer County, being here just over five years. We plan to be here the rest of our life. We go to church here. We bank here. We grocery shop here. We go to Dr. Oder and our dog goes to Dr. Shelley.

    When the Magnet had an article that Sid Kirsch would like to have some new people to help with a committee, I called her and was told that Light Up Salt River was being held in a few months and I could be helpful there.

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    We were lucky enough to get tickets for the sold out Progressive Dinner. We, again, were joined by 4 friends from 3 different counties, for the event. Actually, they pestered us since the last Progressive Dinner because they didn’t want to miss it, this year! That says a lot.

  • I would like to say “thank you” to Magistrates, John Riley and Hobert Judd, for recognizing the truth about the Arizona immigration bill and voting in favor of the resolution supporting Arizona. The article featured in the Sept. 15 edition of the Spencer Magnet revealed an incredible lack of comprehension of the issue by Magistrates Drury, Goodlett, and Henry, and by Carmin Gaines, Spencer County Democratic Party president, who voiced her opinion in the article.

  • Libraries are places where people of all ages and income levels visit and enjoy spending time. They hear, discover, and discuss new ideas, participate in programs, take home books, CDs, DVDs or just relax and read the paper. Many services are available to everyone free of charge at the Spencer County Public Library. After all, it’s “owned” by everyone in the community.

    In today’s difficult economic world with revenues decreasing and utilization of services increasing, public libraries are still the centers of opportunity and learning in our communities.

  • Only in Washington would anyone think raising taxes is the way out of a recession. And yet, that’s exactly what President Obama and the liberals who run Congress want to do.

    The tax hikes they propose would apply to half of all small-business income in America, generated from 750,000 small businesses nationwide. These businesses employ 25 percent of the American workforce. To raise taxes now on these important engines of job creation will prolong unemployment and freeze economic growth when we can least afford to do so.