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Opinion

  • 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.”

  • An unprecedented eleven consecutive days of free prostate cancer screenings will be offered in the South Wing Health Horizons during the Kentucky State Fair between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.  

  • While I was driving in Elk Creek last week, I experienced what us do-it-yourselfers call a “construction materials mishap”.

    This happened on 155 as I was slowing to turn on to Normandy Road, and some boards I was carrying shifted and slid into the roadway.

    Needless to say, it was a very embarrassing situation on a busy Friday morning, right in front of the new Dollar General store.

    I appreciated all who stopped and waited and asked if they could help while the mess was cleared.

  • In thanking all of the American Cancer Society’s 2009 Relay for Life Teams, I incorrectly named the “Highview Angels” as the “Hillview Angels”.  We do appreciate their hard work in making Relay the success it was.   The participants from Highview Church are an important part of our community and we thank them for participating.

    Joy Thompson

    Team Development

     

  • There are a few things that have been rattling around in my head lately, and I want to apologize ahead of time if I bounce around a little. 

    First to Pike County Judge Executive Wayne Rutherford, we agree on one thing and that is the resignation of David Jenkins (my ears just starting burning from all the talk with that comment).

    Come on people what would you do if you if you found out someone has been using your credit card without your knowledge?

  • I certainly hope not. There is no need for this issue to split our community on a long term basis. This is my answer to Editor Robin Bass’s question from last week’s Spencer Magnet, “Will the alcohol vote split the community?”

  • I keep hearing about all the protests at the Town Hall Meetings all over the  country about the Health Care Reform. But no one has brought up the fact that if the President’s Health Care Reform is so good – how  come all the politicians have their own Health Care Package for Life?  If the Reform is going to work, then the President himself and all politicians should have to be a part of it – it should affect them as much as the American people – then see how fast it would get through Congress!

  • Hopefully to bring closure to a sad, uneventful and insulting saga I am in continued contact with the F.B.I and Scotland Yard to help bring KACo’s “master and mysterious identity thief” to justice. The only problem is both agencies say this “phantom of the imagination” does not exist.

    My investigative sources tell me no identity thief would be dumb enough to take a felony prison rap of ten years just for the pleasure (I Guess) of watching a bunch of naked women dance on a pole.

  • Do you feel it in the air? Can you smell it? Most of all can you hear it? 

  • I am amazed you printed Carl Turner’s letter in last week’s Magnet. I began becoming politically aware more than twenty years ago. I’ll give an example from a different newspaper.

    “Police gun down man who allegedly shot officer.”

  • Spencer County Parks and Recreation Department would like to thank all the sponsors who helped to put on our first-ever field day. We hope to build from this event and continue to host events for our youth.

    A special thanks goes to: Peoples Bank, Citizens Union Bank, Spencer County Insurance, Spencer County Farm Bureau Insurance, Dollar General, Creekside Florist and Gifts, Shelbyville Walmart, Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, Hometown Pizza, Snappy Tomato Pizza, Cindy’s Consignments, Plum Creek Rentals, and all the kids who participated.

    Steve Hume