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Opinion

  • 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.

  • It was clear from watching President Obama’s Health Care Summit on Thursday that while the American people strongly oppose the comprehensive plans the president and Congressional leadership have proposed, there are numerous areas where nearly every member of Congress can agree when it comes to health care reform.

     Working step-by-step on these common sense reforms that will lower health care costs is a plan the American people can support.

  • Not so very long ago I was talking with someone about the ad that I ran in the Spencer Magnet and they wanted to know if I was satisfied with the results?

    The ad was designed to help the Back Pack Buddies Program here in Spencer County. Unfortunately, I had to say, “No”. I might as well have written them a check for $319.00 or purchased that amount of food.

    For those of you who do not know what this program is about, it is as simple as this.

  • I would like to thank everyone in our community who attended the Heart Health Initiative sponsored by the Spencer County Democrats Executive Committee on Friday, Feb 19.

    Our featured speaker, Lt Gov Dan Mongiardo, outlined three simple steps to achieving wellness: watch your diet, exercise and stop smoking. 

    As a physician, Dr Mongiardo is a dedicated advocate for heart health and I think all who attended came away with a renewed resolve to take more  personal responsibility and to make health improvement a number 0ne priority in 2010!

  • Judge Executive David Jenkins may have been joking when he suggested the fire protection district contribute to the cost of hiring 911 dispatchers, but it was City Commissioner Kathy Spears who took the issue very seriously.

    At a meeting Thursday afternoon, Spears wanted to know why the Spencer County-Taylorsville Fire Department was not contributing to the cost of dispatch services. Firefighters are, after all, benefiting from 911 just like city police, EMS and the Sheriff’s office. “Why does the fire department pay nothing,” Spears said.

  • Last week’s story about a plan to build a 24-unit housing complex for low-income families brings to mind the old adage buyer beware. According to one resident, he had no idea that such a plan existed near his home in Old South Plantation. And if the $4 million patio-style homes do materialize, he’s selling. Regardless of how much is spent or how well the apartments blend in with the area, this homeowner said he wants to get out before his investment depreciates.

  • With all of the publicity in the news media about “no more CATS”, you may be wondering what that means for your child?  There will still be assessment and accountability in Kentucky during the 2009/10 and 2010/11 school years.  The Kentucky Core Content Test (KCCT) will be given again this year for students in 3rd – 8th grades and 10th and 11th grades.  This test will be given across the state from April 19 - April 30.  Each school will have six days during that period of time in which to give the tests.  Make-up tests can be given on any day durin

  •  You are cordially invited to the Spencer County FFA  Agricultural Commodity Breakfast at the Spencer County High School on February 15 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

  • Parenting in today’s world can be a daunting task.  As Attorney General, I have worked hard to give parents and law enforcement the tools they need to better protect Kentucky kids. Sadly, sometimes the things we least expect pose the greatest danger to our children.

  • 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.