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Opinion

  • With all the things going on in the world right now, there is one extremely important issue that I believe has been forgotten about by most people.

    This week marks the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court deceision,”Roe vs Wade”. I realize that the subject of abortion brings about very emotional responses from people on both sides of the issue, but this issue should never be put out of our minds.

    I believe that life begins at conception. In Jeremiah 1:5, scripture records, “ Before you were formed in the womb, I knew you”.

  • I am a relatively new resident of Taylorsville and would like to pass on some good news in this time of bad news for many.

    When the winter storm hit us last week, our power went out. It left us with no heat or way to cook our food. My wife and I were getting concerned and cold. The loud speaker which we heard telling us of the shelter at the hight school was great.

    I did not know many of our local city, county and state officials prior to Wednesday. but at the shelter, I got to see them all at work together - key word “together”.

  • We would like to thank our great friends and neighbors, the Manning family, Acker family, Schaffer family, Edwards family, Keefe family, Berry family, and all the others that have called, offered help and opened their homes, but most of all their prayers. Without you we would have not made it through.

    The Williams family

    Waterford

    Editor’s note: The Williams family have been milking their 45 cows by hand twice each day since they lost power last Tuesday.

     

  • Raise your hand if you were disgusted yesterday morning to find more snow and another day off from school.

  • Kentucky lawmakers are on the verge of a crucial decision in the coming weeks – whether to support Gov. Steve Beshear’s call to raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes from 30 cents to $1. As I finish out my tenure as Kentucky’s education commissioner, I am championing that action.

  • In Robin Bass’ editorial of January 14th, 2009, advocating that the preliminary discussions regarding the evaluation of the local school superintendent be conducted in public, she presented several justifications for your view. But these assertions simply do not stand up to scrutiny.

  • While the rest of America spent the last several days focusing their attention on the inauguration of President Barack Obama, many Spencer Countians seem to have another American idol on their minds – someone right here in our own backyard.

  • My brother, Mark Robinson, was a veteran of the United States Army. He proudly served his country and defended it to anyone with respect and vigor. Sadly, he developed a rare form and cancer and died in 2001. We buried him at Valley Cemetery,Taylorsville, Kentucky, next to the Grandparents he loved so much.

  • I would like to thank Signature Health Care of Spencer County for having the Hall Of Fame Cafe. It was such a wonderful thing to honor the individuals who were so well deserving for their accomplishments during their lifetime. It was such a magnificent affair!

  • The dedication of the first Spencer County Habitat for Humanity house will be Sunday, January 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The dedication will take place at the house, located at 23 Rose Lane in Highview Estates.

    Directions from Taylorsville Road: take KY 44 East for one mile, then turn left onto Highview Drive. Take next right into Highview Estates and another right onto Rose Lane.

  • Christmas on Main Street 2008 was a great success this year. We had 167 children visit Santa.

    Thank you to the following people who donated to this event: G/D Computers, Gary Kehne, Dr. Crain, Doug Williams, Barbara Morris, McDonalds, Judy Puckett, Dairy Queen, Crespo’s, Wal-Mart, Glasscock Sawmill, Peoples Bank, CUB Bank, Lion’s Club, Knights of Columbus, Jerry Hahn, David and Joyce Perry, Steve Coulter, Patricia Smith, Ruth Hollan and S&K Wrecker Service.

  • The Kentucky Department of Education and a whole host of other taxpayer-funded education organizations are trying to influence a local court into allowing the Spencer County Board of Education to continue evaluating the superintendent’s performance in secret.

    Our superintendent who:

    • administers a yearly school budget of $20.7 million (comprised of local, state and federal tax monies);

    • is responsible for the education of 2,676 Spencer County children; and

  • The things that have changed the face of Taylorsville should be applauded and more should be done as soon as economic recovery and grants allow.

  • Last Tuesday night had all the makings of some swanky awards program. Valet parking. A candlelit red carpet. White, linen-covered tables filled with shrimp cocktail and a fountain of bubbling, amber-colored refreshment.

    Wait a minute. I am in the right place, aren’t I? This is the nursing home, right?

    It was Signature HealthCare’s first Hall of Fame Cafe awards program  – designed to celebrate the lives and achievements of their residents, employees and members of the community.

  • Remember how it felt as kid when your birthday was a just couple of weeks away? The anticipation was excruciating. All you could do was dream about the cake, and the presents and blowing out those wishing candles.

    I can’t wait, you would think (or sometimes even say out loud), I wish it would hurry up and get here!

    Upon speaking these words, inevitably some adult would say, “Don’t go wishing your life away.”

  • For most of us, there is some measurement used to gauge our success, or relative strength, within our markets. Schools use test scores as one of their measurements of success, banks are judged by their financial scorecards, and newspapers are judged by their respective circulation numbers as compared to other media in their competitive markets.

    Once again, the numbers are in, and once again, the Spencer Magnet is the preferred print reading material for Spencer county residents.

  • Editor’s note: The following is a poem written by Sharon Hoover and re-printed with her permission.

    Twas the year Recession came,

    Gave families time to play board games.

    Encouraged us all to eat at home,

    Offered us reasons not to roam.

    Assuming of course you’ve still got a place,

    Since banks are failing at a rapid pace.

    Never knew bankers could be so dumb

    That they’re not responsible for the things they’ve done.

    Paper stocks are paper thin;

    Oh, what a mess the

  • I would like to thank all the bus drivers that gets out there everyday, risking their lives taking peoples children to school everyday. I don’t think that the bus drivers get enough reconcilitation that they derserve.

    Parents or citizens that complain about the bus drivers need to go and drive those buses and find out what all the bus drivers go through within a days time and all the responsibility they have. I just wanted to thank the bus drivers everywhere to let them know that some people do care.

  • The Spencer Magnet asks that readers adhere to the following guidelines when submitting letters:

    • No form letters or photocopies.

    • Letters must include signature, address and phone number of writer. No unsigned letters will be published.

    • The Spencer Magnet reserves the right to reject or edit any letter submitted.

    • Readers are limited to one letter every 30 days.

    Submit letters to The Spencer Magnet, Box 219, Taylorsville, KY 40071 or email to editor@spencermagnet.com.