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Opinion

  • I have followed the one sided conversation of Spencer County road deicing with a jaundiced eye. To me it is much ado about nothing (with attributes to Shakespeare).

  • by Sen. Jimmy Higdon

  • Coal Ash vs Road Salt

  • Last week’s Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate over the viability of Creationism probably did not change any minds, but it may have opened some. For decades, the secularists have pushed the narrative that science and faith are like oil and water.

  • In regard to complaints made by the public about not being provided inside accommodations during executive sessions of the City of Taylorsville’s public meetings, there were several statements made by Mayor Don Pay, City Clerk Steve Biven and City Attorney Dudley Dale that were far from the truth.
    In the Feb. 13 Magnet article “AG says local government shouldn’t kick public to the curb,” Pay stated, “In eight years of being mayor, this has never come up.”

  • My name is Dave Barnes and I have called and went before the board and complained. Our county officials don’t want to hear it.
    Go online and you will find mountains of information on coal ash and you will see the bad far outweighs the good. The state does not use it. The federal government does not want to label it hazardous material, because they would then be responsible for billions in cleanup and health issues.

  • We read with great interest the opinion piece in last week’s paper regarding Family Court Judge John David Myles. The portrayal of Judge Myles could not be further from our experience with him and his Court.
    Judge Myles was always prepared, professional and fair to all who appeared before him. He is a passionate advocate for children, education and families. Add to that a loyal friend, devoted husband and hard worker.

  • The day is finally here. Ever since Judge John David Myles was first elected to take the bench of the Family Court Division of the 53rd Judicial Circuit in November 2006, I have waited to write this letter. He has recently announced he will seek a second term in the next election.

  • I am writing in response to the article about winter road-clearing operations. Spencer County uses cinders, a form of coal ash. Coal ash is the waste that is left after coal is combusted.
    Now, this letter is not an attack on coal. I am just providing the facts about what is left after you burn coal. Coal ash typically contains heavy metals including arsenic, barium, lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium and selenium, to list a few. If inhaled, these toxins can cause cancer, respiratory distress and other health issues.

  • We must give credit where credit is due. We want to thank Mayor Don Pay and the Taylorsville City Commission for doing right by residents and other interested parties who attended the special meeting Thursday night, Feb. 6,

  • On Jan. 23, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway determined that the Taylorsville City Commission recently was in violation of the state’s Open Meetings law “by failing to make adequate provision for the convenience of the public during a closed session.”
    The decision was the result of a complaint filed by resident Lawrence Trageser, who petitioned the commission after it’s Dec. 3 meeting to change the way it runs legal closed sessions of its public meetings.

  • Everyone needs to take a deep breath and relax — no one is tearing down our whiskey barns.
    The blogosphere and twittersphere — never ones to overreact — exploded after the Jan. 13 announcement that Japanese-owned Suntory Holdings would purchase Beam Inc. for $16 billion. Even the Gray Lady herself, The New York Times, ran the story about the announcement under the headline “My Old Osaka Home.”

  • The second week of the 2014 regular session brought schedules packed with meetings, rallies, press conferences and hearings on bills.  We met with constituents, citizen groups and fellow lawmakers as we began vetting proposed legislation.

  • Two hot topics in and around our area right now are the weather (When is it going to snow and how much? And how cold is it going to get this time?) and the flu (Do you  have it? Who do you know who has it?).
    Our hope is that these two things can work together for some good. Perhaps the cold will be cold enough to kill out some of the viruses being passed around.

  • By now, you’ve probably seen or heard that my time at The Spencer Magnet is coming to a close.
    In short, I was presented with an excellent job opportunity, which will be a better fit for my family and will put me closer to home, so I accepted it. Although I am sad to leave the acquaintances I have here in Spencer County, as well as the community I’ve grown to love as my own over the last three years, all chapters must end in order for a new one to begin.

  • Editor's note: The Spencer Magnet received notice Wednesday morning that Thursday's special meeting of the City Commission will be rescheduled because of broken pipes and water issues in the City Hall Annex.

     

  • I send my best regards to you and your family for the New Year. The holidays are behind us now, and we strive to get back into our routine with school and work. For me, Jan. 7 convened the 2014 General Assembly, a 60-day legislative session creating the next two year budget for Kentucky. This year is loaded with issues that require legislative action as the Senate Majority strives to make pathways for economic growth and fight for fiscal responsibility.