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Opinion

  • 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.

     

  • It is hard to believe that another year has almost gone by and 2009 is just around the corner. We have all been witness to many newsworthy events in our local community, state and nation during this past year, that will impact us all. On January 20 of next year our country will have a new president who will be faced with many difficult problems to overcome. We have all grown accustomed to hearing in the news about bailouts, job layoffs, increases in foreclosures and the drop in the stock market.

  • This year, when at last the party’s over, remnants of the christmas tree can be taken to the park for chipping. This will give us the opportunity to create mulch from the discarded trees. Waste not, want not, the adage goes.

    Happy New Year!

    Curtis Ochs

    Solid Waste

    Coordinator

     

  • There is a small article in the January, 2009 Reader’s Digest, on page 20 (I always wondered how you could come out with something the year before). It is under a little heading ‘Money’.

    It reads:

    “Some new ideas floated by U.S. economists and experts, gathered by the Washington Post.

    • Have states suspend their sales tax.

    • Boost home sales by lowering mortgage rates to 4 percent.

    • Recalculate mortgage terms when values in an area fall 20 percent.

  • Friday evening, we gathered at Robin Garcia’s house. Then we caravanned to the Sanctuary Arts Center for their music jam session. This was my first visit to the Sanctuary, and I was pleasantly surprised. The first level had all sorts of art, including handcrafts, all for sale. We walked upstairs, and it was a very large room with a variety of people and musicians. There was even talent there that you wouldn’t expect outside of the political arena!!

    But people were there that I would have never expected to see!

  • Money seems to be all anyone can talk about these days – and not in a good way. Scary words, like layoffs and furloughs, are being used in everyday conversations around coffee pots throughout the nation.

    Even right here in our community, County Attorney Ruth Hollan is trying to figure out how to do her job of protecting the good guys and locking up the bad guys while the state proposes cut, after cut, after cut.

  • In August, 2007, we wrote a Letter to the Editor thanking the community for their support of Habitat for Humanity in our County. A month later, we were officially accepted as a Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

    It had taken nearly two years to get to that point. But then things picked up speed.

  • We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone involved with Shop-With-A-Cop. Everyone who donated, volunteered as a chaperon, drove a vehicle, etc. Without everyone of you it would have been impossible. With your donations we were able to provide each child with a shopping trip for items they needed, some toys, a fruit basket, a ham, and a food basket. 100% of your donations go to our county’s children.

  • It’s too late for a chance to see this year’s performance of “Christmas at Frank & Al’s Diner,” but it’s never too late to express a sincere thank you to all those who brought such joy and laughter to the audience who were blessed to see the show this past weekend at Spencer Christian Church.

  • “What’s to-day!” cried Scrooge, calling down to a boy in Sunday clothes. “What’s today, my fine fellow?” said Scrooge.

    “Today!” replied the boy. “Why, Christmas Day.”

    “It’s Christmas day!” said Scrooge to himself. “I haven’t missed it. The Spirits have done it all in one night.”

  • I like the Magnet’s poll on Disc Golf. I like the idea of a pool. I like the idea of a lodge. Yes, we can have all in the same area. I hope that by bringing the disc golf to this area that with a world class course we will be able to attract many more people to Spencer County and this area through tourism.

  • I would like to thank the Spencer Magnet on last week’s story concerning the possibility of Taylorsville Lake State Park getting a world class disc golf course.

    Disc golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and is rapidly gaining popularity worldwide. Disc golf can provide several benefits to this community because it promotes health and fitness, encourages recreation, and provides a healthy alternative to physical contact sports.