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Opinion

  • We are nearing the time when many young people will celebrate a lifetime of accomplishments as they graduate from high school and move toward their life goals.  Family and friends will gather together for a festive occasion to commemorate this awesome milestone.

    Traditionally, this is also a time when alcohol enters into the mix and brings tragic results for all involved.  Alcohol is the most commonly used drug among American youth and it kills 5,000 teens every year.

  • I am Linda Greenwell.  When I moved to Spencer County in 1992, I met Bill Karrer and was impressed with his knowledge of government, the political process as well as his eagerness and willingness to work hard for the county without benefit of an elected office.  His goal was not a job, but a better operating county government and improved community in which to live and raise his family, while benefiting the families of his friends and neighbors.

  • Of all the people in the county running for office, only three people have even bothered to ask for my vote: Kim Stump, Jerry Eye and Bill Drury.

    Is my vote not important to the others? Signs are not going to get votes, no matter how big they are or how many. It’s contact folks. We realize that if you hold a job, you may not be able to visit each house, but phone calls count, too.

    Speaking of phone calls, poor old Bill Drury probably thinks, “My goodness, what does she need now?” every time I call. But he doesn’t.

  • Once again the water is over Grays Run Rd. in front of my house from the bridge past the curve so I do not know how far it goes.  This used to happen about once every 10 years and now is happening once every 18 months. 

    No doubt my and the house next to me culverts should be once again replaced.  Now on a Sunday this is not too bad but during the week many people travel this state road to get to work, using it as a short cut.

  • “Promises are cheap”

    This letter is in response to the article, “Community Center Update” published in the Spencer Magnet April 14, 2010.

    In the article, Richard Travelstead stated that the largest portion of the $250,000 from a multiple of entities was the promise of a five acre donation from Tanglewood Golf Course.

  • I have known John Riley for eight years and have never met a man who is more qualified to serve in public office than he is. In the years before John was elected magistrate, he became active in virtually all aspects of the Spencer County community and government.

  • Spencer County needs a judge executive who has:

    HONESTY - won’t sugar-coat or try to cover up problems in the county.

    INTEGRITY - does thorough research of issues and stands up for the best solution for the county

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT - attends civic functions, commission meetings and talks to private citizens to keep informed.

    LEADERSHIP - be fiscally responsible with our tax dollars as demonstrated when magistrate.

    EXPERIENCE - knows value of balancing land use and development to complement our rural lifestyle and natural beauty.

  • I would like to encourage Spencer County citizens to vote for David Hesse for Spencer County Judge Executive.

    I’ve know David for several years through our mutual leadership roles in our Boy Scout Troop here in Taylorsville, in which he serves as a troop leader.  David stepped up to help the Boy Scout Troop at a time when we needed more leadership from the parents. Through example, David has been a great role model for the boys of our troop.

  • “Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.” – A quote by George Jean Nathan, American journalist.

    I recently read that only 30 percent of Americans consider themselves habitual voters – meaning that whether it is a presidential race, local election or a single issue on the ballot, these citizens are going to exercise their right to vote. The rest of the population are equally divided into two categories:  periodic voters and the unregistered.

    Unfortunately, these statistics are not what I would consider surprising.

  • Guest column by Dave Adkisson, President and CEO, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

     

     The Kentucky General Assembly concluded its regular session in an angry, finger-pointing finale, with the House and Senate publicly criticizing each other for their failure to agree on a spending blueprint to guide Kentucky through the challenging financial times of the next two years.

  • April 24, 2010 we held our 2nd annual “Carnival for a Cure.” Despite all weather forecast we were blessed with 4 good hours of carnival fun! To God be the Glory!

    All proceeds made went to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Despite the storm, we still made $5,000!

     We couldn’t have done it with out all our sponsors, volunteers, vendors, the 4-H Trailblazers, Affordable Fun, Bounce Around, our fabulous DJ/MC Bobby Marples, musicians, Wendy Edwards, friends, and families.

  • What’s wrong with two of the five headlines on today’s front page? I’ll give you a minute while you glance back over them again.

    Ok. Time’s up. Here’s what I’m talking about:

    • “Mayor gets substantial raise”

    • “School board cuts contracts to save about $80,000”

  • Bill Drury has gone beyond the call of duty. He works for the people beyond his district. He has helped families save their homes and, in some cases, rebuild.

    Our home was robbed and Bill Drury helped us find help. He has always put others needs before his own or his family’s.

    When people were flooded, he was out on crutches helping others in need. When farmers were in a drought, he was there. People all across Spencer County were in need of water and Bill Drury was there fighting for all of us.

  • With the election season in full swing, I felt compelled to share my opinion about the best candidate for Magistrate here in the first district.  We have the opportunity on May 18th to put our community first.  Richard Travelstead exemplifies what a true leader should be.  I have known Mr. Travelstead to always place the community and the citizens of Spencer County first.  From taking a strong stance in defense of homeowners to counseling with troubled teens Richard Travelstead has always and remains committed to doing the “right thing”.

  • When the General Assembly arrived in Frankfort three months ago, it was expected that we would pass a number of important pieces of legislation, and we did just that.  However our primary goal for the session was to pass a biannual budget for the Commonwealth, and as both chambers adjourned “sine die” on the 60th and final session day, that goal (of passing a budget) was not accomplished.

  • I am very concerned that some people in our county wear blinders – the ones that give you tunnel vision so you never notice what is going on other than what is right in front of you.

    Not being able to see the entire picture distorts your image and ability to make good decisions. We have people running for office that have no experience, no education and no qualifications to hold the office of county judge executive, etc.

    One candidate can not settle his own financial problems without filing bankruptcy.

  • I remember many years ago a popular TV show called Rawhide starring a very young Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates.  The show centered around the adventures of a bunch of cowboys out west on a cattle drive.  Every year, for the past four years, we have had our own version.  I call it “The Great Taylorsville CAT’L Roundup”.  Not cattle, but cats.

  • Birdie, you are correct, I do not judge myself.  I leave that up to my family, my friends and judgment day.  Nobody else matters.  No, I take that back.  All children matter.  And, that is why I have become so politically critical in the last few years.

     I spend a lot of time reading the paper, working on the internet and listening to the news.  I report what I hear, read, and see.  Along with my research, I only write about what I find and is reported.

  • The senior and parents of Spencer County High School’s Class of 2010 are working very hard to raise funds for Project Graduation. Graduation and Project Graduation will be held this year May 29.

    This post party is designed for all seniors to have a drug-free, alcohol-free and smoke-free night in a safe, supervised environment filled with food, games, events and prizes. We are committed to providing this evening to our graduating class as they celebrate this achievement together.

  • National media report that Saturday mail delivery may go the way of the milk wagon, and that a wide majority of Americans think that’s ok.

    Hold on.

    Congress must act first, and that is not likely to happen soon. Some Congressional leaders worry about trimming mail service, even if only 35 percent of people surveyed by Gallup last summer disapprove.

    Poll results are guided by the way questions are asked. They don’t give a full picture. Knowing that, Congress is not yet ready to decide.