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Opinion

  • 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.

  • On behalf of Spencer County Elementary School, we would like to say thank you to Taylorsville Country Mart for their continuous support of our school.

    With the help of Country Mart, our school has collected $133,670.00 worth of store receipts.

    We receive points for these receipts, and with these points we are able to order various items for our school.

    At the end of last year, we received playground supplies, dry erase boards, electric pencil sharpeners and many other items for our students.

  • “Freedom is not free,” is a statement we have heard since Glenn Beck started his program several years ago. Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the “8/28 Restoring Honor” event that Beck sponsored at the Lincoln memorial. The focus of the event was faith, hope and charity – the foundations of our country. As a Christian, it became a pilgrimage and a challenge to attend.

    On Thursday August 26, a friend and I headed to Frederick, Maryland on our motorcycles. The ride was good and the weather was excellent.

  • Letter to the Editor of a newspaper, but I was so shocked to see the article concerning the local school board last week, that I feel I need to express my opinion.

    First of all, I do not believe Robin Bass has any idea about the amount of monies which are needed to run the public schools in Spencer County. If she had taken the time to look up the information of expenditures provided, by county, on the State of Kentucky’s Board of Education website, she would have seen that the information the local board provided is the facts.

  • Everyday faith sounds so simple. Just have faith every day, but what does that mean? For believers in Jesus Christ, it means taking our faith seriously every day. It means applying our faith to our everyday lives.

    On a recent mission trip with our church, I met some young people who stopped me in my tracks. They came up after a service was over just to talk for a few minutes. Over the next 30 minutes, I got a lesson in the reality of Christian living in the modern world.

  • In response to the letter to the editor in last week’s paper, I would like to correct some of the statements made that I have a conflict of interest in seeking to serve on the city commission.

    First, Kentucky Revised Statute allows two firefighters to serve on a fire protection district board of trustees which are elected by the firefighters. I am proud to have our firefighters support to serve on the board. This is the same make up of all fire protection district boards across the state.

    No conflict.

  • Sometimes before church on Sunday morning I listen to a talk program on WHAS. This program is hosted by a fellow named Joe Elliott. Every once in awhile his program is where you can talk about whatever is on your mind; he calls it This and That. Well, here is my This and That letter to the editor.

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  • So, Spencer County School District’s superintendent bemoans the choices he has made and now wants to max out our taxes for the current year’s mismanaged budget, eh?

    Let’s run down some of the recent (cough) “fiscal” decisions these bureaucrats have made.

  • This past weekend our country took time to remember one of the most horrific days in this country’s history.  On the morning of 9/11/2001 in a series of orchestrated suicide attacks committed by radical Muslims, 2,976 innocent lives perished.  Of the 2,976 who died, 236 were foreigners, which brings the total number of Americans who died to 2,740.  This year’s anniversary was largely overshadowed by two very charged international issues.

  • Have you ever asked a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on the house while you were gone for a few days?  Or, have you ever asked a neighbor to watch the house while you and the family went on vacation?