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Opinion

  • I would like to thank you, Spencer County, for turning out in large numbers for the Lincoln Day Dinner last Friday evening.  Though the weather was wet and rainy, the crowd was enthusiastic and energized!

    Candidates for the U.S. Senate and House, the State Senate, House and local offices spoke and personally answered questions during the evening. It was a great way to get to know the candidates and their positions. The event drew the attention of CNN, which filmed the speeches and interviewed the candidates for a piece to be broadcast sometime in the next week.

  • Fiscal sanity needs to start today. Americans around the country have been forced to make tough decisions. It is time we do the same in Congress.

     After hearing President Obama’s speeches last week, I was hopeful that his words would be met with significant actions.

     However, only days after these remarks, the president released his budget based on more spending, more taxes and more borrowing.

  • Those who have loved ones and have purchased graves for others need to be at the meeting Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. 

    We have deeds for the ground but still we have no rights or say so over our loved ones graves.

    Fathers Day last year I lost three angels that cost $19.95 each. No one called to let me know they were going to destroy them. The angels were put on my brothers vault for his birthday. The angles were broken into hundreds of pieces.

    There was a cemetery board member who gave his resignation on TV, but he is still there.

  • Is the City of Taylorsville preparing to create yet another taxing bureaucracy? There is a storm water utility tax, mandated by an EPA regulation known as the MS4 program to control run off. Will this tax be applied to only city residents? Will county residents using city water be taxed? Will Mayor Don Pay ever stop his tax and spend agenda? Unlikely!

  • Congratulations to John Shircliffe for being named Citizen of the Year. The honor is well-deserved and, if I am going to be completely honest, somewhat overdue.

    I spent part of Thursday afternoon chatting with Shircliffe about the new plaque he received  from the Chamber of Commerce and the standing ovation he was given by members for his accomplishments. The memories were only minutes old and he still had a broad smile plastered across his face.

  • Basketball season is at a feverous pitch for all basketball fans. We have those of us who like Cal”s CATS or Pitino’s CARDS or other teams we cheer for. I am going to offer and suggest Spencer Countians do something else.

    As our community continues to grow, it is also time we back and show support for Spencer County sports. Right now the Spencer County girls are in the middle of their season and we need to show support for them. They give their all in practice and in games, so let’s show support for them.

  • As I was visiting a Shelby County church this past Sunday, the message of the week really hit home with me. You only have one life to live. What are you going to do with it? As you go through your life, will you “Make a Difference” in the lives of people around you?

    We are all aware of the earthquake in Haiti and the misery and suffering that these people are enduring and will continue to do for many, many years to come. Right now, it appears that the most pressing need is money to provide urgently needed relief supplies.

  • Are we to trust a man with our future, sewers or otherwise, who can’t recall what he has done in the last six months and can look straight into a camera and say so. (Wasn’t there something about a Co-ed escort service as well?) Trust?

    I recall a lot of stories about those grant applications being written by a lot of people and I wonder how many were written by those taking credit.

    I bet the current economy has been on a lot of peoples minds when they think about looking at unemployment.

  • Like many of you, I have family members in Valley Cemetery and over the past year I have watched a few board members of the corporation destroy the warmth and love some were trying to share.

    With little to no attempt to contact stockholders, they began on Fathers Day removing the flowers and items we left for our loved ones and throwing them in a pile like trash. Many items were broke or damaged beyond recognition.

    I watched as men and women tried to go through the items and locate the things they left for their loved ones.

  • Guest columnist Congressman Brett Guthrie

    Kentuckians are ready for Congress to implement common-sense ideas that create jobs, make health care more affordable for everyone and keep our homeland safe.

    The American people deserve openness, transparency and accountability. Concerned citizens across the country continue to speak out against the majority’s plan to pass a government takeover of health care. Congressional leaders are meeting behind closed doors to draft their final plan for health care reform that will impact every American.

  • Guest columnist Rep. Kent Stevens

    Legislative sessions are much like snowflakes. They appear the same from a distance, but look closely and you’ll see each has a pattern all its own.

    Right now, the 2010 Regular Session that began in Frankfort Tuesday looks to the casual observer like most legislative sessions held in even-numbered years. It will last 60 legislative days. Its main purpose is to pass a state budget before a new two-year budget cycle begins in July. And legislative procedure will be the same, too.

  • How many times have I had the opportunity to do something the correct way and I did just the opposite? I can answer that by saying about 10, 20, 100 or 2000. Although, I never really did think about counting them, did my actions affect anyone else? Definitely, yes they always did. Was I crucified by my friends, family or enemies? No, I was not.

  • I want to thank the Spencer Magnet for the beautifully written article on Matt and our family last week.  It was more than we could have hoped for. Everyone who saw the article was so very complimentary of it.

  • The Chamber of Commerce would like to express our sincere appreciation to everyone who helped make the Chamber’s Christmas on Main a successful event. Thanks to those that weathered the extreme cold including the families who come out year after year and the countless volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you!

    We appreciate the donations from local businesses and individuals sent in from our contribution requests. This fund helps Santa get a head start in his toy workshop for next year.

  • At the beginning of each new year, many people make a list of resolutions to keep in the coming months, such as losing weight or learning a new skill. As you make your list, don’t forget to consider wise financial goals for the year ahead. The Kentucky Society of CPAs suggests you adopt these smart resolutions.

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  • Thanks to everyone that made donations to the Toys for Tots campaign this year. And a special thanks to The Tea Cup, the Family Diner, Dr. Randsdell and Elite Family Dentistry.

    We gave the toys out Dec. 22. It meant a lot to see the parents happy that they could provide their children with something for Christmas.

    Next year we plan to work more closely with Spencer County Family Resource. Anyone that wants to be involved, feel free to call me at home.

  • Just curious, but how many of you really feel like celebrating the New Year?

    I would imagine that revelers of New Year’s Eve 2009 fall into one of two categories: (1) people that would toast the grand opening of a new dry cleaner, or (2) people that wish to bid 2009 a final good riddance.

  • As we celebrate this Christmas and the holiday season with family and friends, I hope we remember to give, to share, to count our blessings, and appreciate the true meaning of Christmas.  This is the season to reflect on what we have achieved this past year with a hope and promise of a new year about to dawn.

  • I ran for governor to better position Kentucky to compete in the future.

     And despite inheriting a budget mess and dealing with an historic national recession that is damaging our economy while limiting state government’s resources, my goals for Kentucky haven’t changed.

     When we emerge from this recession, Kentucky must emerge not shell-shocked and shattered but stronger than before.

  • I just have a few questions:

     Isn’t bonding authority something like a limit on a credit card?  Is  maxing  out at a higher level always a good thing?

    Aren’t amenities like nice eateries and more local jobs what the voters wanted when they voted “wet”?  So why does a city official just cite “more tax revenue”?  Instead of worrying so much about people consuming a drink with dinner, shouldn’t we be more worried about politicians who are intoxicated with tax increases?