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Opinion

  •  Earlier this year, I proudly sponsored Amanda’s Law in an effort to provide greater peace of mind to victims of domestic violence who have reason to fear for their safety.  Named in honor of Amanda Ross, a family friend who was murdered last September, the legislation that took effect last month gives a powerful tool to judges determined to enforce domestic violence orders that have been violated.  These offenders can now be required to be electronically monitored, at their own cost, while victims can be quickly notified if the order’s protective distance is brea

  • The intent of an airport in Spencer County was not what you think Woodie. The intent of the airport, as I was told, was to bring some companies to Spencer County,  bring companies to service the airport, repair aviation instruments, possibly a small aircraft airframe and power unit repair center.

  • In response to the letter from the clearly misinformed deputies of Spencer County; The taxpayers, aka, the public would like to let the deputies know that they are not employed by Steve Coulter.  This goes for all county employees.  You work for the taxpayers.  The person your performance is judged by may authorize your pay and sign your timecard or paycheck, but it is merely a worthless piece of paper without the money that we the taxpayers back it up with and deposit regularly to cover those expenses.

  • According to Woodie Cheek’s letter to the Magnet, his farm site was pulled from one of the three original priority sites “because of my barking and biting dog way of doing things.”  

  • Mr. Cheek’s alarmist attitude is getting a little stale. Because of Mr. Cheek’s actions and rants, our county appears close-minded to new ideas.  I’d like to, once again, explain the series of events, if for no one else but Mr. Cheek, since he still doesn’t seem to understand.

     The Airport Board was formed from volunteers who were appointed by fiscal court to do a STUDY to see if an airport would be a good fit for our County.

  • When the airport issue hit Spencer County, it was not about anyone’s backyard as much as it was the wrong thing for the wrong purpose.  Our family farm’s potential runway site was immediately pulled from one of the three original priority sites because of my barking and biting dog way of doing things.

  • The Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire District is not soliciting any donations.  The phone calls being made in our community are on behalf of the Louisville Professional Firefighters Union.  This is in no way associated with the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire District.

    Nathan B. Nation

    Chief of Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire

     

  • I’m sure by now we have all read the paper or heard of the drug bust in Allen Place North subdivision. I’m in total agreement with Robin Bass. Not in my backyard.

    My wife and I are embarrassed and frustrated that something like this could happen so close to home. We don’t have children at home but do have grand children who visit on occasion; we care about your children and grand children.

  • Many companies, organizations and individuals, along with several students, their parents and family members are responsible for making the 2010 Project Graduation a success.

    Thanks to everyone who gave at road blocks, donation buckets and supported the various senior fundraisers throughout the year. You’ve proven again how much you care about your community and value our students.

    Special thanks again to the following for their exceptionally generous gifts:

  • I’m writing in response to the article by Amanda Van Benschoten last week and her concerns about Rand Paul, candidate for US Senate from Kentucky.

    Amanda, your article titled “Paul must be mindful of Kentucky’s needs” points out how completely out of touch you are about Kentucky’s needs and indeed what the needs of an entire nation are.

  • Over the next few weeks, I’ll be talking about some important issues in the City – from Blockwatch neighborhoods and motorized wheelchair visibility, to the new sewer expansion project and the Floodwall/Houston Court project. 

    Last summer I met with residents of Pin Oak, Highview, Early Wyne, and Old Town about establishing Blockwatch neighborhoods.  The support for this concept was overwhelming.

  • It may seem hard to believe, but August is already here and schools will be back in session next week. Teachers, parents, students, and countless others have been working diligently to get everything ready for the 2010-2011 school year. And, at the Spencer Magnet, we too, have been working hard to put together this edition of our newspaper because it is one of our most important issues - a gift that we enjoy giving to you.

  • We doubt anyone will ever forget the ice storm of 2009, and most assuredly ,people will be talking about this summer of 2010, when the oppressive heat is affecting everyone. There are days that you walk outside and it feels like the sun is on fire.

    We would imagine that most residents in Spencer County are blessed with air-conditioning, but there are those who have to endure the heat and humidity, without this luxury. There are also those whose occupations require them to work ‘outside’ in these conditions.

  • 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.