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Opinion

  • 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.

  • Through mere coincidence, my last name is the same as Dolly Brock’s. I married into the Brock family, but it’s a Brock family from nowhere close to here. I’ve fielded many a question as to whether Dolly and I were related, and I’ll only answer it now the way she wanted me to — we’re not sure, but maybe.

  • Spring is a busy time for all of us, and the County Clerk’s office is no exception. March is farm tag month, and is traditionally our busiest time of the year. Remember the voluntary $10 donation included in the registration fee benefits the local 4-H, FFA and Kentucky Proud programs. You have the choice to opt out of this donation if you would like to. We appreciate your patience as the lines may be somewhat longer than normal. We will strive to give you the excellent customer service you have come to expect.

  • We’ve been flooded with information regarding the firing and re-hiring of County Building Inspector Steve Clark over the past week.
    Within hours (maybe minutes?) of Clark’s dismissal, our phones started ringing and accusations of retribution were flying from one side while accusations of “false documentation and reporting” came in from the other.

  • EMS Director Jeff Coulter made an interesting statement during Monday night’s radio demonstration at the Spencer County Fiscal Court meeting — “All this seems like training issues and not radio issues,” Coulter said.
    This being the perception of miscommunication between the sheriff and EMS radios and the radios of the city police and the local fire department.

  • In a 30-day “short session” like this year, it’s difficult for both chambers to fully consider all the bills that have been filed.  However, over the last two weeks, the Senate has taken early action on major legislation, giving the House more time to study those bills.
    This week the Senate passed important bills addressing economic development, the state’s General Fund debt, health care, and school safety.

  • The 2013 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is in full swing; the House of Representatives is considering several high-profile topics during this short, 30-day session.

  • After a three-week break, members of the General Assembly returned to Frankfort this week for part two of the 2013 Legislative Session. For the next five weeks the House and Senate will debate numerous proposals.

  • This week was a busy one as the General Assembly reconvened on Tuesday to a full agenda, including committee meetings and the passage of several pieces of important legislation.
    As a result of the hard work over the summer and fall by a bipartisan task force made up of Senate and House members, the Senate was able to work quickly to take the first step to address the huge unfunded liability in our public employee pension system.

  • I met some very nice, hard-working, well-mannered men this weekend while working on a story that I hope you read on the front page — and if I hadn’t been told these men were Class D felons currently serving time in the Shelby County Detention Center, I wouldn’t have been able to tell.
    But again, that was the purpose of the story, so I actually did know going in.

  • In 2012, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes formed a special task force to facilitate communications between her office and county clerks. The task force is the first of its kind in Kentucky, and I am one of 12 county clerks from across the state participating.  The task force most recently met on January 22, 2013, in Frankfort to discuss new initiatives that will assist county clerks and members of the armed services.

  • I recently saw a humorous cartoon on Facebook that showed four different states in our nation depicting four separate weather conditions — rain, wind, snow and sun.
    The humorous part of the cartoon was that below that separated depiction was a single sketch labeled “Kentucky Weather” which showed four separate weather conditions — rain, wind, snow and sun — all occurring at the same time.
    Thus seems to be the case in Kentucky this week.