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Opinion

  • 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.

  • When you read this article, fall will be several days old. Where did summer go? Due to the unusual weather conditions, we have just wrapped up our Summer Roadside Litter Abatement drive.
    The recycling center has gotten used to the new baler we got through a Kentucky Pride grant from the Division of Waste Management at Frankfort.
    Our students have gotten settled in their classrooms for the next year of learning.
    But we have so many activities coming up in October that we will not have time to sit down.

  • I learned early Tuesday morning that Spencer County stalwart C.L. Glasscock passed away. C.L. was a true friend of the newspaper and my immediate reaction was to be heartbroken.
    When had I last seen him? What had we talked about? What would be my last memories of this wonderful man?
    However, my coworker, Mallory Bilger, was quick to say to me, “I have complete certainty he is with Jesus.”
    This comment was enough to make me shed a joyous tear.

  • This week, we’re frustrated — with everyone and everything, it seems. So frustrated, in fact, that we’re not exactly sure with whom we’re most frustrated. But we’ll name a top three:

  • Sometimes reporters get bad reputations as ruthless diehards who will do anything to get a story, and a lot of times, they have to be.
    But things here at The Spencer Magnet, as well as at hundreds of smaller weeklies across the country, are a little different.
    We become ingrained in the community.
    Though some people look at me as though I’m still “not from around here,” it’s more common for someone to ask why I wasn’t at this or that event than for someone to ask me why I am there.