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Opinion

  • 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?

  • One citizen had it right when he called the district’s tactics at last Wednesday’s tax hearing a “shell game”.

  • At  Landmark Community Newspapers, Inc., Shelbyville, KY (which I serve as postal consultant after retiring in 2008 from a 35-year career), when we face tough economic times, we have to make tough decisions. But ultimately, our goal is to grow our business by providing services that consumers want and need at competitive prices.

    When our business grows, so do jobs. If we do business right, our customers grow with us. In the end, making the right choices is right for the economy, jobs and our businesses.

  • The Spencer County Historical and Genealogical Society would like to congratulate Alison McGaughey as the winner of the $500 scholarship for her essay titled, “The Mitchell Run Wreck.”

    The Society sponsors the essay contest beginning in March of each year for high school juniors of Spencer County. Rules are posted in March at the high school and at the library. The winner is announced in September; the scholarship is awarded at graduation ceremonies.

  • The gospel according to Paul.  No not that Paul.  I’m talking about the Rand Paul who puts his foot in his mouth every time he opens it.  If he gets to be US Senator from Kentucky, he would turn the clock back on KY, which is already at the bottom of the barrel, and keep us there.

  •      I’m writing to ask you to vote for David Eaton for State Senate.

  • Some may not understand this article, but it was inspired by God. When my time was coming to a close in the sheriff’s office, all that was on my mind was going home and back into the sawmill business and making money.

    In those days, sheriffs could not succeed themselves. I did not like the sheriff’s office and would not run for the office if I could. God had a plan for my life  other than running my sawmill business. He put a burden on my heart to run for judge executive.

  • Saturday, August 14 marked the return of the third annual JD Shelburne St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital charity softball game at Ray Jewell Park. 

    My crew which consisted of friends, fans, and band members took on the 97.5 WAMZ Country Hamz softball team on one of the hottest days of the year in Taylorsville.

    After a close game through 7 innings, the WAMZ Hamz took home the win 30-22 beating the JD Shelburne Team. 

  • We, at Spencer County Middle School, are collecting all types of lids and bottle caps for an art project. We greatly appreciate your assistance with gathering clean, dry lids and caps to create artwork made from recycled materials. Lids and bottle caps can be dropped in collection boxes in either the front office or outside the art class room.

  • I have been in office for 18 months, and since then all Washington has done is spend trillions of dollars expanding the federal government, all while millions of Americans have lost their jobs and our unemployment rate has reached nearly 10 percent.

     Small business owners I have heard from in Kentucky are looking at all the uncertainty coming out of Washington and are very concerned about what the future is going to look like. They do not have the confidence they need to expand their operations.

  •  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.