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Opinion

  • The acronym NIMBY has become almost a dirty word  in recent years as, more often than not, it is associated with people that are fervently opposed to progress at the expense of their back porch views and property values. Rather than being portrayed as a champion of the little guy standing up to industry, corporations or the government – Not-In-My-Back-Yard’ers are typically viewed more as self-righteous and selfish.

  • Though they weren’t celebrating just yet, officials at BP announced Thursday a well cap had temporarily stopped the thousands of gallons of oil from leaking into the ocean.

    As of Friday afternoon it was still holding and officials announced the pressure was steadily rising. A higher pressure means more oil is staying inside the well and less is leaking out. Underwater views show the temporary success as no oil can be seen leaking. But officials aren’t ready to pop the cork on the champagne just yet and for good reason.

  • Spend baby spend is the new City of Taylorsville motto. Mayor Don Pay and Chairman John Shircliffe love spending your money for their exterior decorating. I was not aware that the federal and state governments had solved their debt problems, since grant money is being sought for a new city park.

  • I look forward each week reading your newspaper because of your strong support for the Christian faith. Our country and its leaders are getting further and further away from our founding fathers fundamental faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. And this week what a thrill it was to see on the front page of the Spencer Magnet newspaper, people being baptized in the Salt River. This is a tremendous testimony for what your newspaper stands for and a witness to its readers.

  • Whatever happened to the “separation of powers” mandated in our Constitution? Our Founding Fathers gave us this framework because they understood that power corrupts and that those who do not understand the lessons of history are condemned to repeat them.

  • Big box stores are trying to get me excited about their back-to-school sales, but – like many people – I’m still trapped in a summer daze.

  • I am writing in response to a letter I read in last week’s paper concerning the owner of Taylorsville Pools.

    We have done a lot of business with Jim Kannapel since the opening of his store and we find him to be a very nice man.

    We bought a pump for our pool back in May and had some trouble installing it. We called Jim and he immediately came to Wakefield to help.

  • My husband, Kenny, and I were in last week’s edition of the Spencer Magnet on the front page.

    We want to thank Reporter Mallory Bilger.

    We also want to thank everyone for their prayers, visits and cards.

    Kenny and Faye Monroe

    Taylorsville

  • By the Better Business Bureau

  • It is with great regret that I send you this news but we need to make the people of Spencer County and Taylorsville aware that we will not be able to host a Native American festival this year.

  • Happy 234th birthday U.S. of A!

    Time to get those barbecues fired up for this weekend’s backyard festivities. Let’s see, we need burgers, hot dogs and chips. Check! A cooler full of Cokes. Check! Plastic cups, plates and utensils in shades of red, white and blue. Triple check! Oh, yeah, don’t forget to stop by the nearest fireworks stand. You know how the kids love sparklers.

    I enjoy a family get-together as much as the next person, but is that all the Fourth of July means to us any more? Is it just another commercialized holiday?

  • I would like to thank everyone for their attendance at my celebration of life party. Also, I would like to thank the community for all their  prayers and love during my time of illness. God bless you and thank you.

    Growing up in the Spencer County community and being raised in such a large and loving family, has truly given me many wonderful memories and experiences. Thank you!

    Diane Bowman-Hammond

    Louisville

  • Recently, a reporter from one of the TV stations asked me; “What is Taylorsville and Spencer County’s main industry?”  For me, the answer was simple: tourism. 

    With 700 to 800 thousand people coming through our community each year visiting Taylorsville Lake, we need to find new and innovative ways to harvest this tourism dollar.  We are accessible to many areas in the region, and even in a down economy, short weekend getaways are still affordable to many.

  • Okay. Congress isn’t seriously considering bailing out the newspaper industry, but a meeting of the Federal Trade Commission earlier this month has sparked the debate, so I’m running with it.

    The FTC evidently gathered a group of experts June 15 to discuss a 47-page draft called “Potential Policy Recommendations  to Support the Reinvention of Journalism.”

  • We have had a swimming pool for about eight years. Every year, I have driven to a pool company many miles away.

    When I read that Taylorsville had a new pool company, I thought, “Great. Right down the road, close to home and we can keep our money in the area.”

    Two weeks before Derby Day, I went to Taylorsville Pool and talked with Jim Kannapel, the owner.

    We talked for about a half hour about various new products and such.

  • It was an honor to be a part of “Relay for Life” this past weekend at Spencer County High School.  To see the level of community support and commitment for this event was inspiring. 

    Cancer affects all of us; whether you are a cancer survivor, or it has touched a friend, loved one, or a family member.  It was also great fun judging the cooking contest and merchant window displays as Relay for Life painted our town purple last week. 

  • Tanglewood Golf Course on June 4 and 5 was the site of a great outpouring of community support for Spencer County Habitat for Humanity. 

    On those 2 days, 102 golfers participated in the 5th Annual Spencer County HFH Golf Scramble.  Mother Nature cooperated for the most part, the golf course was in great shape, numerous volunteers watched for the golfers to make a hole-in-one and the golfers generously donated to Spencer County Habitat by buying “Skirts”, “Mulligans” and door prize tickets.

  • Robin Bass got it right in an editorial several weeks back about the need for a traffic light at the intersection of KY 55(155) and KY 1169. 

    The story on the latest pile-up contained only one shocking item – nobody has requested that the state cough up $80,000 to save lives and install the light!

    Several official groups should be raising Cain and a few other dead people over this:

  • On behalf of the Kentucky Gourd Society, we would like to say “Thank  You” for all the support that everyone gives the Kentucky Gourd Art  Show.

    Main Street was inviting and friendly looking for our visitors as they made their journey through town to the show.

    They always speak of the hospitality they feel as they  visit  Spencer County. What a great thing to hear about your hometown!

    To everyone that played a part in the festivities that  weekend, kudos to you. Keep up the gourd work.

  • I’m sure I speak for the hundreds and hundreds of people in Spencer County that utilize the services that the Elk Creek Animal Hospital provides.