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Opinion

  • 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.

  • Phil Robertson, the bearded, straight-shooting and straight-talking patriarch from the Louisiana Duck Dynasty family may be the next great American hero.
    Phil has reminded Americans that it’s both okay and admirable to speak your mind. It may not be without backlash or consequences, but dadgum it, don’t let anyone intimidate you from having or expressing an opinion. It’s a lesson we need today more than ever.

  • In March 2012, a group led by Jane Fonda called “The Woman’s Media Center” publically called for the FCC to remove Rush Limbaugh from the airwaves. Their argument was basically that because (as they see it) Mr. Limbaugh belittles and mocks a wide range of groups that he is not acting “in the public interest” whatever that means.

  • As we get ready to close out 2013, let me wish you and your family a happy New Year!
    It’s time again for members of the Kentucky General Assembly to meet for a 60-day legislative session that is frequently called a “budget session.” During this time, my colleagues and I will work to develop a two-year budget for state government. We will also discuss other issues important to Kentuckians, including jobs, economic development, education and health care.

  • Last week, my former boss, comrade and counterpart in Anderson County, Ben Carlson, took to the pages of his newspaper to go on a little rant about Spencer County.
    Carlson, who readily admits he has a twisted sense of humor, attacked our competitive spirit all because he’s ashamed his county lost to us in a very important “contest” around this time last year.
    Well, dear readers, I do not question your competitive nature, but instead, I hope to invoke it because we are up against our neighbors in the same contest this year.

  • There was a time when a reasoned, common-sense argument against easing restrictions on access to alcohol could be made and people would listen. Alcohol is a drug that can significantly decrease a person’s ability to make good, sound judgments and there is no shortage of statistics and data available to serve as evidence that alcohol is responsible for countless deaths and injuries each year.

  • Let me start with a little history: The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified almost 80 years ago (Dec. 5, 1933), yet remnants of this epic failure (such as laws prohibiting Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages) still remain.

  • Yes, I’m one of those crazy people. Those people who get out at 4 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving in the crowds, the traffic, the noise and the shopping lines. But it’s not for the best deals and it’s not because I absolutely have to have that $200 laptop (Limit five per store).

  • One of the sweetest sights you’ll ever see is that of a child honoring a veteran.
    Luckily, for Spencer County veterans, that sight was somewhat abundant over the past week or so.
    Our staff had the privilege of covering two events specifically at which veterans and their contributions to the country were in the center.

  • A stunning (in all the wrong ways) situation is being uncovered in the NFL — particularly with the Miami Dolphins.
    The nuts and bolts of it are this: A second-year player left the team to seek help and/or treatment after allegedly being bullied by at least one, if not more, of his teammates. The alleged bully has a history of offenses and suspensions and has now been indefinitely suspended by the team. Most in the sports world expect that the Dolphins will ultimately cut ties with the bully completely.

  • One week from today, anyone who is interested in running in a partisan race in next year’s primary election will be able to file an application to officially make known that decision.
    Several in the community have voiced their intent to run — whether figuratively, like in the Octoberfest parade, or literally, by filing a notice of intent in order to start fundraising.

  • When this paper hits the market, we will be preparing for Halloween, we will have disposed of our scrap tires and turned our outdated and/or unused drugs into the Police Department for disposal.
    We also will be looking forward to Thanksgiving and planning on how to decorate for Christmas. It will be a fine time to look back on the past year to appreciate how much we have to be thankful for as we pause from worrying about the wars and threats of wars and the terrible acts of a minority of disturbed and disillusioned individuals with no sense of humanity.

  • I spend quite a bit of time gazing at court records. At least once a week I am charged with sifting through the local dockets to see what is newsworthy.

  • Have you ever felt like you were witnessing something big? That suddenly, even if in a small way, you were a part of something that was about to make a difference?
    I had that feeling last week, and I hope many of you did, too, or will soon enough.
    I had just walked outside the Taylorsville City Commission meeting, where, in almost a moment’s notice, a state senator and a representative from our congressman’s office had shown up to take part in the discussion about Taylorsville’s levee.

  • The postgame handshake is one of the fundamentals of sports taught from the earliest ages. From the time kids are old enough to chew on their glove, put on an oversized football helmet, or use their short legs to chase down a soccer ball, the gesture at the end of the game where winners and losers meet and congratulate each other for a “good game” is almost universally observed.