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Opinion

  • by MIKE FARRELL

    In a landmark decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, Justice William Brennan wrote this country has “a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.”

    Kentucky legislators failed to honor that principle when they voted to allow elected school board members to evaluate the performance of school superintendents in secret.

  • The purpose of the federal government is to provide for national infrastructure for states and common- wealth’s and the national defense as expressed and limited by the Constitution of the USA. At the end of the Civil War the states lost a lot of their right to control themselves and their citizens. The Federal government has become our benefactor that knows what is best for us as they see it. The intent of Federal government was not to control the people as they are doing now, before the Civil War that was the states and common wealth’s job.

  • A retired employee and friend of mine recently sent a letter to the editor and made certain statements about me and my vote regarding new hires March 23. I feel the need to respond to some of the points he raised. My entire record shows my support for our county employees and our community.

  • I ask the question: what is the real purpose of government?  Is it to try to fix the problems facing the country or sit back and ignore them.  President Obama and the Democratic Congress are trying to fix the problems while the Republican party of “no” is trying to keep the country from moving forward since they oppose helping the people who need these programs. According to an article in the Courier-Journal March 23, Rand Paul and his tea bag followers are also against helping those in need.

  • Happy Easter from our Spencer Magnet family to yours.

    Today, every household in Spencer County has been provided a free sample copy of the Spencer Magnet to enjoy. In this – our largest edition ever – you will not only find news coverage of local issues, but also lively feature articles, sports stories and more than one recipe you can use to impress family and friends this Easter weekend.

  • As we enter the closing weeks of the 2010 Regular Session, the Senate passed legislation that will improve job opportunities for career and technical students, regulate methadone treatment centers, and crack down on meth traffickers.  We also continued our work on the state budget.

  • A Spencer Magnet subscriber called me last week to complain that the weekly newspaper is not giving him what he wants. Eager to please, I asked what exactly would make him a more satisfied customer.

    The gentleman admitted to being kind of nosy and said that he always looks forward to opening up the Wednesday paper to read about former classmates or his neighbors’ kids that have been caught speeding. The public records printed on page A2 is one of his favorite parts of the newspaper, but lately seem to have been missing.

  • The House budget bill—which we passed last week—is now before the Senate where many of its specifics will surely be modified or replaced with Senate changes. If those modifications reach the House within the next week or so, there is a good chance that the two chambers will be able to go into conference committee and negotiate a final bill before the veto recess begins in late March or early April.

  • Tornado season is here, and our community has the chance right now to take some simple steps that can save lives when severe weather hits.

    • Make a home tornado plan: Pick an uncluttered place where family members could seek shelter: a basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet.

    • Create an emergency preparedness kit: Pack a first aid kit and essential medications, canned food and can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries.

  • As I approach the fifth anniversary of my retirement from the Taylorsville Police Department, my blood has started to boil somewhat over the article on March 17, 2010, concerning Hazardous Duty Retirement.

    The suggestion Mr. Drury made concerning a portion of the employees’ funds be “invested in Kentucky Deferred Compensation and purchase insurance polices that could perform as good or better than hazardous-duty retirement” is absolutely ludicrous.

  • U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Monday regarding the reconciliation process on the Democrats’ health spending bill:

    Last night marked a turning point in our politics and our nation.

    On a Sunday night in March, with the nation howling in opposition, a bare majority of Democrats in the people’s house ignored the people to claim a win for their party.

    And then they celebrated.  The American people watched all this in utter disbelief.

  • Few of us can say that we don’t know a family that is experiencing hard times due to job loss. Fortunately, we have many resources here in Spencer County to help those in need. The Chamber of Commerce has reached out to organizations in an effort to assist the unemployed in their job search. We call this united effort “JOBS” – Joint Opportunity for Building Success. On Friday there will be a FREE Jobs Readiness Fair & Seminar Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Spencer Christian Church, 5720 Taylorsville Road. This is open to anyone searching for a job!

  • This week in Frankfort, the Senate passed bills that strengthen our educational system and cut down on unneeded government waste. We also received the state budget from the House of Representatives and began work on our version of the budget.

  • I would like to take a moment to thank Judge Jenkins and his kind and caring office staff, as well as the road department for promptly placing speed limit signs in the Whitfield Meadows subdivision due to our overwhelming speeding issues.

    I would also like to thank the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department for taking the initiative to patrol our subdivision more often to keep our children safe.

    Thank you again. You are very much appreciated!

    Denny Massie

    Taylorsville

     

  • Thanks goes to Bill Drury, Collis Rogers and the Spencer County Road Department for all the help with the snow removal this past season. You guys really did a superb job.

    Larry Wilder

    Gray’s Run

     

  • The VFW Post 11426 and Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a spaghetti supper and “Meet the Candidates” event April 10 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the VFW Post at 106 Washington St.

    The public is invited to come and speak with the candidates and have a great spaghetti supper for only $6.

    There will be no open forum for individual candidates. Each candidate that attends will be available for the public to speak to them on a one-on-one basis.

  • I believe that kudos should be given when deserved and over the past several weeks I have noticed a lot of folks doing things the right way.

    By “the right way” I mean focusing on making life better for others instead of only looking out for numero uno. The task is often more difficult than it may seem – especially in a culture that encourages, and often celebrates, egocentric behavior.

  • The American people have been crystal clear over the past year that they want us to start over with a bipartisan approach to health care reform. They don’t want a massive, partisan plan that will raise taxes, cut our seniors’ Medicare, and spends trillions of dollars.

  • We have had a long gloomy winter with colder than normal temps. Now we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it is the sun!!

    In the face of a equally gloomy economy, we have again been funded to continue our roadside litter abatement drives. We also have a glimmer of hope in having more control of our waste tire programs, so all is not lost.

  • Census 2010 is just around the corner and Spencer County School children need your help, as well as residents of Spencer County. 

    Spencer County residents willing to take 10 minutes to answer 10 simple questions will reap the benefits for the next 10 years. In schools, grant opportunities are greatly impacted by census data.