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Opinion

  • A number of top celebrities have reportedly declined invitations to perform at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump later this month. Some conservatives have expressed outrage and anger over what they claim is a lack of respect for the office of the presidency.

    I fully support the right of celebrities to make their own decisions on when and for whom they perform. It’s called freedom of conscience and it’s a right we Americans have had since our Founding Fathers emphasized the importance of individual liberties.

  • As we embark on a new year, we’d like to renew an invitation to you our readers.

    The Spencer Magnet prides itself in being a community newspaper. That means we not only report on what’s going on in this community, we want our paper, especially this “Opinion” page, to be a forum for our community to speak out.

  • Chances are, dozens of families across America will be mourning the loss of a loved one due to intoxicated driving as 2016 fades into 2017.

    According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an average of 118 traffic fatalities take place nationally over the New Year’s Eve-New Year’s Day holiday, with over 50 percent of those involving drunk drivers.

  • Geologists are concerned that the Dead Sea’s water level is dropping faster than Santa from the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

    Experts estimate the water level in this famous sea separating Israel and Jordan dropped by more than 131 feet since the 1950s and continues to lose more than three feet of water annually.

    It’s not because too much water is somehow flowing out of the Sea of Salt, as it’s known.

  • I want to express my appreciation to you for continuing to allow me to serve as your state representative. I am humbled by the trust shown in me to represent you in Frankfort, and I will continue to work hard to make sure your voice is heard in the Capitol.

  • Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. has introduced the first Judicial Redistricting Plan Kentucky has seen in decades. The Kentucky legislature will consider the plan during the 2017 regular session of the General Assembly. If passed, the plan will take effect in 2022, when all Circuit Court, Family Court and District Court judges are on the ballot.

  • It is hard to believe that the year 2016 is coming to end. With the New Year comes the next session of the Kentucky General Assembly which begins on January 3.

    This year’s session will have 30 legislative days and must be completed by March 31, 2017. There will be many new faces in the legislature with 28 new members in the House of Representatives and two new members in the State Senate.

  • It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s what the song says. It’s the message on holiday greeting cards, sappy commercials and is the overriding theme of Christmas specials and movies that seem to have been playing on a loop since before we even finished carving up the Thanksgiving turkey.

  • Monday night’s Fiscal Court meeting was eventful to say the least. The court cut the Sheriff’s payroll budget, moved ahead with remediation plans in order to have the mold issue in the Sheriff’s Office resolved, and they also approved the payroll budget for the County Clerk.

    They split on some issues, and remained deadlocked on others. But whether you agree or disagree with Monday’s actions, issues that have mired the court in gridlock for many months are beginning to be resolved.

  • Famed American artist Norman Rockwell documented the charm of community with many of his famous paintings that captured simple times and made them memorable.

    Saturday night’s Christmas on Main Street event in downtown Taylorsville would have provided Rockwell an endless number of scenes that he could have turned into a year’s supply of magazine covers.

  • The Spencer County Veteran Honor Service for 2016 was held on November 5 at the Veteran Memorial on Main Street in Taylorsville. Based on all comments received, the honor service was a great success.

  • Did Russia hack the election?

    That seemed to be the theme surrounding much of the news over the past few days as journalists, pundits and partisan voices suggest that Trump was aided by Russian allies during his campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton, whom he defeated in last month’s election.

    But if Russia intervened, how did they do it?

  • In the time of the year when elections come to an end and average citizens suddenly grow tired of the bickering and vulgarization of discourse, a new idea comes along that undermines partisan provocateurs bent on belittling and maligning their opposition. The idea is that civilization flourishes when public discourse is accompanied by respect and charity—both sorely lacking in the aftermath of a divisive election.

  • The majestic mountains of Gatlinburg, TN are a sight that many people from Kentucky and around the nation know well.

    However, about a week ago tragedy struck, and now it is the spirit of service that we are called to help our neighbors.

    I just returned from National 4-H Congress, and while I was there, I learned a very important lesson:  Serving others isn’t about you; it is about those who need the help.

  • Nearly every week, our newspaper includes stories about local government that are often filled with conflict, disagreement and sometimes outright anger. That’s the nature of politics at times and passions can justifiably run deep on issues that can be vitally important to our community.

    But the recent passing of Magistrate Jim Williams is a sobering reminder about the importance of civility and common courtesy.

  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee is like a second home for many people here in Spencer County and across Kentucky. In fact, there are many Kentuckians who actually own cabins, cottages and chalets in that tourist mecca.

    Many others have lifelong memories of family vacations, honeymoons, anniversaries and other family events in the area. Whatever the connection, there is a bond between many of us in the Bluegrass and those in the Smokey Mountains.

  • Many of you may recall an issue the Kentucky General Assembly discussed in the 2016 Session, known as “REAL ID,” which requires Kentucky to meet modern federal regulation standards on the issuance of identification.  Known as Senate Bill (SB) 245 in the 2016 Session, the bill passed both the Senate and the House but was ultimately vetoed by Governor Bevin because of concerns will the bill’s future implications.

  • After reading your recent editorial “Don’t Fall for Fake News” I was inspired by how much we agree. Fake news is dangerous. Readers and viewers must double-check it for accuracy, whether it comes from the Internet or CBS, NBC, CNN or even FOX.

  • The federal election is completed and the country has overwhelmingly elected Donald Trump as our next president. The electoral vote was 306 for Trump (including Michigan) to 232 for Clinton. Now we can move forward and get down to business, right?

  • We would like to thank those that were at or who participated in the drawing held Saturday night for the Dawson Moore Scholarship Fund raffle.

    The gifts given away were a Thanksgiving basket and a handmade afghan. Amanda Riley was the winner of the Thanksgiving basket and Herman Johnson was the winner of the afghan.

    All the funds taken in will go to the Dawson Moore Scholarship Fund for a student who graduates high school in 2020 to attend college. Again, your donations were greatly appreciated and will be put to a good cause.