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Opinion

  • Phil Robertson, the bearded, straight-shooting and straight-talking patriarch from the Louisiana Duck Dynasty family may be the next great American hero.
    Phil has reminded Americans that it’s both okay and admirable to speak your mind. It may not be without backlash or consequences, but dadgum it, don’t let anyone intimidate you from having or expressing an opinion. It’s a lesson we need today more than ever.

  • In March 2012, a group led by Jane Fonda called “The Woman’s Media Center” publically called for the FCC to remove Rush Limbaugh from the airwaves. Their argument was basically that because (as they see it) Mr. Limbaugh belittles and mocks a wide range of groups that he is not acting “in the public interest” whatever that means.

  • As we get ready to close out 2013, let me wish you and your family a happy New Year!
    It’s time again for members of the Kentucky General Assembly to meet for a 60-day legislative session that is frequently called a “budget session.” During this time, my colleagues and I will work to develop a two-year budget for state government. We will also discuss other issues important to Kentuckians, including jobs, economic development, education and health care.

  • Last week, my former boss, comrade and counterpart in Anderson County, Ben Carlson, took to the pages of his newspaper to go on a little rant about Spencer County.
    Carlson, who readily admits he has a twisted sense of humor, attacked our competitive spirit all because he’s ashamed his county lost to us in a very important “contest” around this time last year.
    Well, dear readers, I do not question your competitive nature, but instead, I hope to invoke it because we are up against our neighbors in the same contest this year.

  • There was a time when a reasoned, common-sense argument against easing restrictions on access to alcohol could be made and people would listen. Alcohol is a drug that can significantly decrease a person’s ability to make good, sound judgments and there is no shortage of statistics and data available to serve as evidence that alcohol is responsible for countless deaths and injuries each year.

  • Let me start with a little history: The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified almost 80 years ago (Dec. 5, 1933), yet remnants of this epic failure (such as laws prohibiting Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages) still remain.

  • Yes, I’m one of those crazy people. Those people who get out at 4 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving in the crowds, the traffic, the noise and the shopping lines. But it’s not for the best deals and it’s not because I absolutely have to have that $200 laptop (Limit five per store).

  • One of the sweetest sights you’ll ever see is that of a child honoring a veteran.
    Luckily, for Spencer County veterans, that sight was somewhat abundant over the past week or so.
    Our staff had the privilege of covering two events specifically at which veterans and their contributions to the country were in the center.

  • A stunning (in all the wrong ways) situation is being uncovered in the NFL — particularly with the Miami Dolphins.
    The nuts and bolts of it are this: A second-year player left the team to seek help and/or treatment after allegedly being bullied by at least one, if not more, of his teammates. The alleged bully has a history of offenses and suspensions and has now been indefinitely suspended by the team. Most in the sports world expect that the Dolphins will ultimately cut ties with the bully completely.

  • One week from today, anyone who is interested in running in a partisan race in next year’s primary election will be able to file an application to officially make known that decision.
    Several in the community have voiced their intent to run — whether figuratively, like in the Octoberfest parade, or literally, by filing a notice of intent in order to start fundraising.

  • When this paper hits the market, we will be preparing for Halloween, we will have disposed of our scrap tires and turned our outdated and/or unused drugs into the Police Department for disposal.
    We also will be looking forward to Thanksgiving and planning on how to decorate for Christmas. It will be a fine time to look back on the past year to appreciate how much we have to be thankful for as we pause from worrying about the wars and threats of wars and the terrible acts of a minority of disturbed and disillusioned individuals with no sense of humanity.

  • I spend quite a bit of time gazing at court records. At least once a week I am charged with sifting through the local dockets to see what is newsworthy.

  • Have you ever felt like you were witnessing something big? That suddenly, even if in a small way, you were a part of something that was about to make a difference?
    I had that feeling last week, and I hope many of you did, too, or will soon enough.
    I had just walked outside the Taylorsville City Commission meeting, where, in almost a moment’s notice, a state senator and a representative from our congressman’s office had shown up to take part in the discussion about Taylorsville’s levee.

  • The postgame handshake is one of the fundamentals of sports taught from the earliest ages. From the time kids are old enough to chew on their glove, put on an oversized football helmet, or use their short legs to chase down a soccer ball, the gesture at the end of the game where winners and losers meet and congratulate each other for a “good game” is almost universally observed.

  •  One week out of every year is set aside as National Newspaper Week — a week when, on a national scale, we celebrate the importance of newspapers, their trustworthiness and their value in your lives.
    This year’s national theme is “Your community, your newspaper, your life.”
    Sound familiar?
    During the other 51 weeks of the year, The Spencer Magnet’s slogan is “Your community. Your newspaper.” But we are also about “Your life.”

  • America's theme today is 'force'

    By John Shindlebower

  • America's theme today is 'force'

    By John Shindlebower

  • This week, you’ll notice the addition of a few lines onto our What’s Happening disclaimer. In addition to pointing out that our free community listings are for public meetings, notices and events hosted by not-for-profit organizations, we’ve felt it necessary to point out a few things that, time after time, we get asked to list in that section.
    This week we added the following: Events, contests and open houses hosted by businesses do not qualify for a listing in What’s Happening.

  • As we move into fall and our schedules become full with our kids’ homework and after-school activities, it’s always a good time to focus on their safety, too.  Much like the calls and e-mails I receive from constituents in need of the Veteran’s Crisis Hotline, I also receive a number of calls and emails from constituents looking for information on the Amber Alert program, as well as the best way to get information on sexual predators in the community.