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Opinion

  • NOTE: Editor Shannon Brock and Freelancer John Shindlebower each tackle a side of the question, "Was NBA player Jason Collins 'courageous' in announcing publicly that he is gay?"

  • NOTE: Editor Shannon Brock and Freelancer John Shindlebower each tackle a side of the question, "Was NBA player Jason Collins 'courageous' in announcing publicly that he is gay?"

  • The old saying goes that “good help is hard to find.” With that saying, this week, I will respectfully disagree.
    Although most of you haven’t had a chance to meet the newest byline to grace the pages of The Spencer Magnet, you may have noticed that Phyllis McLaughlin has authored quite a few stories for us over the past seven weeks.

  • Every time I listen to the parents of the children who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, I am profoundly sad. I have three boys and the grief and pain that a parent feels when their child is taken is hard to fathom. I can only imagine the magnitude of their grief.

  • I spent Friday night on the couch trying to fight off what has now become a full-fledged cold. So much for that, but it’s not like I would have moved from in front of the tv anyway. When my eyes weren’t reading the latest tweets to stay updated, they were glued to the national new stations as America awaited the capture of a terrorist.
    Once the suspects in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings were identified, law enforcement officials in and around Boston spent hour after hour trying to capture them.

  • We have seen a break in the cooler temperatures we have had since March, so we can now plan our events. Our non-profit groups are in the middle of our Spring Roadside Litter Cleanup, so the warmer weather will be an aid for their efforts.
    If you have a collection of outdated, not needed private files accumulated (think old tax returns) do not forget that this coming Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, the Spencer County Public Library will host the Shred It Company, which offers free shredding for your old private papers. The truck will be at the library parking lot.

  • On Sept. 11, 2001, I was a junior in high school. If I took you back to my hometown and we walked the halls of Bell County High, I could point to the spot where I stood when I heard about the first plane hitting the World Trade Center. I could walk you through the classrooms I sat in and watched the nonstop coverage of the attacks on America. I could recall the sick feeling in my stomach and the fear racing through my mind.
    Eleven years and seven months later, that same sick feeling returned to me as I sat at my desk here at The Spencer Magnet.

  • Newspapers are essential, no doubt. The newspaper industry is strongest today in smaller communities, much like our own. One reason this is true is because we have the luxury of knowing and caring about our neighbors and the greater majority of us have beloved family members residing here, too.
    Without reservation, I’ll say that in Spencer County, the community ties are strong.

  • Whether you’re reading our newspaper for very first time or you’ve been a faithful subscriber for decades, let me take this opportunity to thank you for spending a part of your week with us.
    This week is a special week at The Magnet because, as you may have noticed, the three sections of this week’s paper were mailed out to every household in Spencer County.

  • The 30-day session of the General Assembly concluded at midnight this past Tuesday, after two long days of hard work and bipartisan collaboration to ensure the state’s most pressing issues were addressed.

  • The final two days of the 2013 session of the Kentucky General Assembly were filled with a mix of emotions ranging from frustration to exhilaration. The Republican Caucus began at 10 a.m. with a meeting to discuss the proposed changes to the Kentucky public employee pension systems; we moved quickly to the floor of the House at noon and found ourselves in recess shortly before 2 p.m. The recess would last late into the evening, little action was taken and day one ended in deep frustration the issue that had overshadowed the session would remain unresolved.

  • Editor’s note: Throughout the remainder of the school year, The Spencer Magnet will publish letters from Spencer County High School seniors written as part of their senior projects. The students chose their own topics and did their own research. As with all letters submitted to The Spencer Magnet, they may appear edited for space or content purposes.
     

  • No one is indifferent to spring — at least that’s what our poll results from last week would indicate.
    While an overwhelming majority said they’re ready for sunshine and warmer weather, I’m actually surprised a whopping 12 percent of voters said they prefer the colder weather.
    Driving to work on Monday, I laughed aloud listening to radio advertisements, which had clearly been placed well ahead of time. “Spring has sprung,” they said. “It’s getting warmer,” another chimed.

  • The groundhog lied.
    This comment has been repeated several times the past few weeks due to the adverse weather we have had. We are much better off than our northern neighbors, but cold is still cold, especially with the wind we have had.
    That said, signups for the Spring Roadside Litter Abatement Program began Monday. Come to 220 Main Cross Street and we will assign roads and supply bags, gloves, vests and advice in equal amounts.

  • On Monday night, the Spencer County Fiscal Court behaved in a way some might perceive as odd — its members got along, didn’t yell and addressed each other respectfully when disagreements occurred.
    It’s worth pointing out that there were at least three Boy Scouts in attendance at the meeting to earn a badge and learn about local government.

  • For over a dozen hours, Sen. Rand Paul literally took a stand for the Constitution. As a Kentuckian, I am proud to claim the honor of having this statesman serve our Commonwealth.

  • As the Senate and House allow the governor time to sign or veto 128 bills, let’s review a few high profile 2013 Regular Session topics. Both chambers will recovene Monday, March 25, to finish our work and consider any vetos we need to override. There is still time for you to voice your opinion with the governor, House Democratic leadership and me.

  • If I had planned to speak for 13 hours when I took the Senate floor, I would’ve worn more comfortable shoes. I started my filibuster with the words, “I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA. I will speak until I can no longer speak” — and I meant it.

  • My mom used to have a small, three-legged wooden stool. I don’t remember the stool being used for any reason, just something to set a newspaper or magazine on for a minute.
    It was small and thus not sturdy enough to hold anything of weight.
    But no matter if it was strong and sturdy, the three-legged stool was no good if something happened to one of the legs. It couldn’t stand on just two.
    You’re probably already wondering what a three-legged stool has to do with the newspaper business.
    Open government is a three-legged stool.