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Opinion

  • I’m writing because when we pay for a lot to lay our love ones in, we really still have no say so over it.

    I paid for a lot to put my dad and I can’t do anything up there I want to do. I can’t put up a cross behind the headstone and he is at the fence row. I own one grave at the left of him and three at the right of him.

    I was told my flower bed had to come down. The glass stuff on it had to go and letters were being sent to others over the same things. Nothing on the sides of the head stones; only 12 inches in front of it.

  • I’m for a single-payer health care system.  Why?

    A single-payer health care system would ensure everyone had affordable insurance.  I would like to correct a lot of misinformation floating around about the single-payer system.  Some is politics and some is lack of knowledge.

    Misinformation – some are spreading lies that government programs are not efficient. 

  • According to the October 10, 2004, Courier Journal Business news, Exxon, Chevron, BP and Royal Dutch/Shell profits were 80 percent higher than the previous year. Current postings show that the nation’s 2nd largest oil company had a profit of $18.7 billion in 2007.  Imagine what the combined profits of all the oil companies were.  Guess who is paying for these profits?

  • Imagine what Spencer County would look like if it was not for the countless volunteers taking the responsibility upon themselves to make our hometown a better place to live. Not a pretty picture, huh?

    Last week in the sports pages of the Spencer Magnet, there were two pictures that exemplify what volunteers can accomplish with a little bit of heart and a whole lot of muscle. The first was an image of the Spencer County Youth Football Association constructing a two-story structure that will serve as the Stallions’ new concession stand, restroom facility and press box.

  • I’m curious.

    I requested that my daughter (who attends Spencer County Middle School) not view the president’s speech last Tuesday.  As a former 8th grade Science teacher, here, and in Spencer County, let’s just say I wasn’t happy with the original lesson plan the U.S. Department of Education had sent to school district’s across this great nation.

  • We would like to commend Coach Wes Napper for getting off to a spectacular start with the high school football team so far this season.

    His hard work, perseverance, and vision for his team are obvious in light of winning the season opener as well as obtaining two wins out of the first three games.

  • I would like to ask your religious writers and all ministers of the church to explain where in the Bible Christ changed the Sabbath from the seventh day to the first day.

    In Hebrews 4:8, Paul wrote to the church: “For if Jesus had given them rest then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.” 

    Now please read Hebrews 4:1-11.

  • It is official, I understand, the petition has been certified and there will be a wet/dry vote this October.  It is about time the voters in this county are allowed to be heard!  Unfortunately, our county leaders, elected and otherwise, have a long history of denying the citizens of this county their right to vote.

    Don’t think this is true?  Let us take a stroll down memory lane.

  • In fiscal year 2008 there were 66,586 visitors entering the Spencer County Public Library.  The library is open 2,418 hours per year.  Our collections total 27,547 books, audios and videos, with an annual circulation of materials numbering 82,757.  Aggressive weeding of non-circulated materials in all areas, coupled with increased purchasing of new titles, has greatly improved selections available to our patrons. 

  • We would like to take this opportunity to offer a big thank you to all the local merchants, restaurants,  and businesses who donated items, gift certificates, and cash donations that helped to make “Queen for a Day” a success!

  • A few weeks ago I had an opportunity, for the first time in many years, to revisit Taylorsville and Spencer County. I not only came to see friends, I wanted to see the place where part of my roots are.

     My maternal grandfather, Leonard C. Warren, was a native of Spencer County and his brother, Charlie Warren, ran the pool hall that was in the building The Spencer Magnet now occupies. I barely knew great uncle Charlie, having met him only once, so long ago that I cannot remember when.

  • On April 27th the Taylorsville-Spencer County Economic Development Authority, Inc., held a public forum during the regular scheduled monthly meeting.

    At that meeting, Chairman Dennis Eisenback, explained that the Taylorsville-Spencer County Economic Development was asked to look at the economic impact the sale of alcohol could have on merchants in Spencer County.  And should that research conclude, that indeed, it would have an economic impact would we present those findings to the residents of Spencer County.

  • First, the article about ACT scores caught my interest. It seems to me the students’ best interest would be to teach them the subject matter rather than concentrating on teaching them how to take the test. Wouldn’t their knowledge be better if they know the whole subject rather than the answers to the test questions? Think about it, could that be why our school system is ranked low.

  • Just how much economic impact do the supporters of legalized alcohol sales predict will come to fruition if the vote this fall results in Spencer County becoming wet?

    We hear a lot of predictions of new jobs, new revenue and new restaurants, but there have been no hard statistics.

  • The word ‘disappointed’ does not even begin to describe how I felt, but that was the adjective that I used.

    Maybe the word ‘frustrated’ provides a better illustration of my reaction. Other words that pop to mind now are confused, discouraged and defeated.

    Looking back, I have realized that the most accurate description of how I felt last Monday sitting before the Spencer County Economic Development Authority was nothing less than annoyed.

  • This letter is in response to all of the drama over the Spencer  County Dispatch office.

    Do any of you really realize what those dispatchers go through on a daily basis? No, you don’t unless you have spent eight hours in their shoes when they are working.

    There is one dispatcher on duty to dispatch calls for the Sheriff’s office, Taylorsville Police Department, Spencer County EMS, Spencer County Fire Department, Fish and Wildlife, and Taylorsville Water Works.

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  • I’ve taken about all I can stand of the unfounded belittling that a few people have been spewing through ads and letters to the editor, lately.

    Yes, the 1st Amendment states we have freedom of speech. But some recent attacks, most notably on Bill Drury, have no grounds whatsoever. It’s to the point where I will call it slanderous, teetering on libel.

    It seems the very vocal minority would like to give an impression of Magistrate Bill Drury that is anything but true.

  • Much has been said about the polarization of our country the past nine years, and all of the recent yelling and name-calling has only confirmed that there are lots of unhappy people out there. Looking at a map of “red” and “blue” counties from the last election, the blue making up about one-fifth of our country’s land mass, I have a modest proposal to make both sides happy.

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    We had an exchange student from England in 2002 who attended Spencer County High when Hillary Clinton was promoting her socialist health care agenda. 

    Kirsty Hillier, our exchange student, saw her on TV one night, threw up her hands, and implored, “Please, Marty, please tell them they do not want to do this thing.  It has destroyed the health care system in England.”