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Opinion

  • Last week I was listening to an expert panel of economists and their future forecast is one that should trouble the entire world.  For the first time in my life I have become “economically frightened.”  Not for myself, but for my children, my grandchildren and all the young people of this country. 

  • The following is a partial letter I wrote to a good friend of mine who lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where the weather has been 82 degrees with sunshine and warm island breezes.  While tropical winds were blowing south of us, we were in the midst of one of the worst winter ice storms on record.

     

    “Dear Jim,

  • I just wanted to commend those that manned the Emergency Shelter during the ice storm week before last.  Specifically, JD Fleming and his family.  JD is an EMT and he worked almost 24 hours a day to monitor the shelter which served several people with medical conditions.  No matter how tired he was, he always had a smile on his face and was ready to tackle whatever needed to be done.

  • Since some of us had to cut back on what we spend at local businesses (producing local jobs)because of the new tax on our homeowners insurance, what does the county government plan for an encore?  A tax on taxes?

     Why are high schools changing their school colors to black?  Are black uniforms cheaper than blue ones?  Are they just copying off UofL?  If UofL people jump off the bridge, will high school people jump too?

  • Over the past several weeks I have watched our kids play basketball in the parks and recreations league. Unfortunately there has been some rough play by several teams in the second and third grade age group league. The coaches have not tried in the least to take their teams aside to tell them that this is not acceptable.  All they care about is wins for their team. 

  • In response to a previous letter titled “Cemetery should respect flag.”

    The Valley Cemetery Board would like to clarify that Mr. Robinson’s flag pole had not been “chopped down,” as Ms. Waldridge implied. However, in November we had a strong wind storm that blew Mr. Robinson’s flag pole down along with others.

  • 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