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Opinion

  • I am writing this letter to inform the Community of Taylorsville that April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Spring is just days away now, high school seniors are winding down and thoughts now turn to celebrating those achievements and many will feel pressure to drink alcohol during prom and graduation night activities.

  • The statewide Spring cleaning week, March 21-28, gives every county the opportunity to spruce up their county for the anticipated summer visitors. We want Spencer County to look spiffy to encourage people to tell their friends and family how great Spencer County is. We have some prime areas for viewing nature here in our county. It is a shame if the view is obstructed by trash and litter.

  • Last week, when the stock market jumped 300 points and some analysts claimed that the end of the recession was near, I felt my heart skip a happy beat. How wonderful it was to hear good news for a change. Instead of the steady drumbeat of low quarterly-revenues and high unemployment, here was finally some hope for better days ahead. It made me realize how hungry I was, and perhaps many of you are too, for positive reports in the media.

  • Much more was gained during our recent Logos & Slogans Contest than the monies awarded to our four contest winners. Fortunately, I had the chance to talk with many of the people who were involved in this promotion from the business owner, to some who entered the contest, and finally to the four prize winners. By the end of the contest, I had heard quite a lot and most of what I heard was very positive.

  • Spencer County Habitat for Humanity is working toward building its next house. Donations from all are welcome. As chairman of the site selection committee, we are looking for our next building site. If you have a building site that you would like to donate or sell to us, please let us know. The site that you would like for us to consider can be submitted to us for consideration by writing to: Spencer County Habitat for Humanity, Site Selection Committee, PO Box 999, Taylorsville KY 40071. Or, you may call me at 502-477-2149.

  •  Our state government is about to build a bridge across the Salt River to replace the Hwy 55 blue bridge that has been in service for over 75 years.  The new bridge will be expected to serve our community until at least 2090.  Most of us will be long gone by then.

  • So, here we are, in a recession, maybe a depression. The government is printing money which is not backed by gold or silver and the Chinese refuse to buy our bonds.

    The Chinese have 40 percent of their factories closed and their economy is falling hard. The rest of the world economies are crumbling. We sent much of our manufacturing industry to other countries causing our government to lose a big tax base and the government allows them to still have large tax breaks.

  • I was just appalled at the letter last week from Lois Allen of Taylorsville about the way the dogs in her neighborhood are being treated.

    Has anyone reported them to the ASPCA or animal control???  Has your newspaper tried to do anything??

    One dog stuck all alone in a back yard and his only shelter is a tree, left out in the cold and rain. Another in a five by five pen way in the back yard in the cold and rain and then the black dog tied in his front yard with a chain.

  • This week the major discussion and media emphasis in Kentucky have been on the funding that we will receive from the federal stimulus package. It is anticipated that Spencer County will be given money for road, education, health and welfare, sewer and water issues. While the stimulus money will no doubt help with the projected budget shortfall in the near-term, I am concerned about the incredible debt this plan creates, which will take decades for our kids and grandkids (the taxpayers) to repay.

  • This week, as the 2009 Session resumed, we passed or moved along bills aimed at holding your government and electoral processes visible and publically accountable, from campaigns to officeholders to lobbyists.

  • As we weathered the recent snow and ice, it was easy to take note of the damage it brought. There were trees down, cars off to the sides of the roads, and the unsettling darkness in our homes when the lights should have been on. Mother Nature then changed course by following her winter display and frigid temperatures, with a couple of unseasonably warm days, allowing us the opportunity to clean up most of the leftover debris while the neighborhood kids rode their bikes. Not wanting to spoil us, she then treated us to a day of high brisk winds followed by a rainbow over Elk Creek.

  • I am writing this letter in response to a recent decision made by the “new” officers of the Spencer County Youth Baseball Association (SCYBA). 

    Many of you know my husband Doug Lambdin, whether it be from youth football, youth basketball, or church, but most of you know him from youth baseball.  Although he has helped with and coached football and basketball, most of his time over the past 6 years have been spent on the baseball fields of Spencer County. 

  • by Rep. BRAD MONTELL

    R-House Dist. 58

    The legislature approved last week a rescue plan to plug the projected $456 million hole in the state budget this fiscal year with a combination of new revenue, spending cuts and fund transfers. The plan, which was passed by the House on Wednesday and cleared the Senate Friday, is contained in two bills that House and Senate leaders were able to reach consensus on in recent weeks. The bills will take effect immediately upon Governor Steve Beshear’s expected signature.

  • by Rep. KENT STEVENS

    D-House Dist. 55

    The Kentucky House of Representatives and Senate took the first significant step in addressing the state’s budget crisis by passing House Bill 144 this week.  The House passed the bill by a vote of 66-34.

     For the past several weeks House and Senate leaders have met to work out details of the budget, conferring with Gov. Beshear and administration officials on a consistent basis.  Our revenue plan meets the governor’s revenue request by raising more than $300 million over the next biennium.

  • My heart goes out to the school board as they make some tough decisions. I also had to make tough decisions when it came to budgets while I was chief of police of Taylorsville. What I do cut, and where do I cut it.

  • by CONGRESSMAN BRETT GUTHRIE

    R- Kentucky’s Second District

    America is in the middle of a serious recession that is hurting working families and small businesses.  Now, more than ever before, we need to work across party lines to put our country back on a path toward economic growth. 

  • I am writing in response to the letter last week regarding Spencer County Youth Basketball.

    The coaches are volunteer parents who are giving their time to teach the game of basketball and provide a good experience for our children. Good sportsmanship is important and I believe that it has been emphasized.

    Anytime you have 10 children on the court playing enthusiastically there will be some “rough play”, but from what I have seen it is not intentional and the kids are out there having fun.

  • During the recent ice storm, I passed some time looking at my seed catalogs by the light of a coal-oil lamp and wishing for spring. For the past five years, I’ve prepared a huge seed order in preparation for planting my gardens and growing produce and flowers to sell at our local farmers market. I had planned to participate in the market again this year, but sadly I am unable to do so because of a rule change.