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Opinion

  • For a small Kentucky community, Spencer County has had its fair share of news coverage from TV and big-city newspapers recently. We have a county judge under scrutiny for his credit card habits, a pending wet/dry vote and $11,700 still unaccounted for in the high school’s activities fund.

    And despite all this controversy, letters to the editor have been slim. I'm perplexed.

    Surely, these – and other issues concerning our nation at large – are being talked over at diners all over town. Some topics may even trigger heated debates.

  • I thought our system is innocent until proven guilty. David Jenkins said he was not in or near the places the credit card charges were made that he is contesting. It tells me a lot about a person that wants to publicly condemn someone before all the facts are in. I have to question the reason that person is doing that, for what gain are they doing it. Do they have proof that no one knows about. I certainly hope people like that don’t serve on jury duty. The poor defendant would be charged guilty before the trial.

  • The issue of merging city and county governments is one that has not been reported on in this paper for some time – mainly because nothing new has happened.

  • I have watched more local television news reports this past week than in recent years and I can honestly say that I’m dumber for it.

    When it comes to feeding that news-junkie habit, there’s nothing that compares to the written word – and not on some flickering computer screen either. Even when I do want to read something on an Internet news site, I have to print it out.

  • It is with great anticipation and excitement that we begin the 2009-2010 Spencer County High School football season.

  • It goes without saying that the current activities of our county judge has created a cloud of sadness that covers the legacy of our community statewide.  One would think that we are the laughing stock of the Commonwealth, but no one is laughing.

     If there is any taxpaying citizen in Spencer County that is not 100 percent angry, that person needs to be committed to an insane asylum.  I will refer to Judge Jenkins as Mr. Jenkins from this point in time because I can not fathom addressing him as judge.  He no longer deserves that distinction.

  • As temperatures rise, take care of your pets…please. 

    Did you know dogs can get sunburn and heat stroke?  Here’s a simple test--if it’s hot to you, it is hot for your pet. 

    Here are simple tips--Don’t leave your dog in the sun for long periods of time, give the dog plenty of fresh, cool water and access to shade throughout the day, and never, ever, leave your dog in your car. 

  • The family of Anthony Wayne “Tony” Reynolds would like to thank everyone involved in the search and recovery efforts after his tragic boating accident at Taylorsville Lake May 29.

    We would first like to recognize the members of the Louisville Metro Police Department Dive Team, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Mt. Washington Fire Protection District.

  • Thank you to Salt River Electric for being so prompt in responding to our emergency call after the storm last Monday. We had a transformer struck by lightning. Within 20 minutes of our phone call Salt River Electric had a truck here, had a transformer ordered and a bucket truck on the way. We had our electricity restored within an hour. What great service!

    Donna Keeling

    Bloomfield

     

  • Although it took a bit longer than planned, the House and Senate finally came to an agreement Wednesday to reduce and balance the state budget and lay the groundwork for future economic development across the Commonwealth, as the eight-day special session called by the governor adjourned.

  • Some people thrive on politics.

    I’m not talking about those elected to the governmental process, but the ones standing on the sides lines of the big game. There are people who actually enjoy following the maneuvers of political figures as if watching cross-town rivals play in the championship game. It’s fun for these public affairs junkies to anticipate a player’s next move. Will they punt? Or go for the Hail Mary pass? They delight in watching grown men and women grapple for power, pull each other down and sling some mud.

  • An Aguan family thanks Spencer Countians and Spencer County Habitat for Humanity for their generosity and compassion.

    Just months after finishing the first Habitat house in Spencer County, your local Habitat began another build-this time in Agua, in Honduras, Latin America.

  • On behalf of the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Protection District, I would like to thank the community for once again supporting the WHAS Crusade for Children.  Thanks to your efforts, the department collected $29,133.38.  Special thanks goes to all our firefighters that assisted this weekend, especially, Assistant Chief Richard Morris, Sgt. Cameron Canan, and Firefighter Tyler Milburn who went beyond the call of duty!

    Thanks to all!

    Nathan B. Nation

    Fire Chief  

     

  • Thank you to anyone who has supported the country ham breakfast the first Saturday of each month. With your support, we have had the opportunity to sponsor a Little League ball team, give to the Relay for Life, give a college scholarship to one of the seniors, give to the Angel Tree program at Christmas, give a monthly donation to the Dare to Care program at First Baptist Church, as well as other benefits in our community.

    We appreciate your continued support.

    Charlie Jewell

    Taylorsville Masonic Lodge #210

     

  • The article written by Larry Lewis regarding septic tanks was right on the mark. If everyone on septic systems would follow that advice they would have a lot less problems.

    Thanks, Mr. Lewis, for a very factual and informative article.

    Dick Reed

    Waterford

     

  • When I read the articles in the paper about all the city and county are doing to make our town and county pretty, I think back about all the times the citizens of Houston Court have asked for their help and nothing has been done.

    We live at the bottom of Skaggs Hill. We have had an ongoing drainage problem here for years and the city and county can only blame each other about “who is responsible for this problem.”

  • The thousands of beer cans that we have picked up along the right of way adjoining our farm over many decades stand as testament that Spencer County is dry in name only.

    We do not use alcohol but support the sale of alcoholic beverages in Spencer County because we think that if some existing businesses wish to sell it, they should have the opportunity to do so.

  • I like truth. I do not have a corner on truth, so I try to be grateful to people who disagree with me for specific reasons. When someone tells me he disagrees with me, it is hard not to take it personally. It is much better if he gives me reasons why he disagrees with me. Then, I can try to understand his position.

  • Last week, a public meeting was held with engineers from the State Highways and Transportation Department regarding the proposed new bridge on KY 55 over the Salt River and the KY 44 realignment.  I got the impression these projects, although much needed, are simply a meat and potatoes bare bones approach leaving no room in the design for wide sidewalks to accommodate pedestrians, bike routes or handicapped pathways.

  • I have been reading with interest all the differing views on the wet versus dry debate. I’ve been thinking about this issue ever since we moved here 12 years ago. I never heard of a dry county until then. I’ve also been thinking about the fact that there is virtually no place for kids/young adults to go to unless it’s a church event or organized sport. I see these two issues merging into a single solution.