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Opinion

  • On Sept. 22, we had the inaugural Elk Creek Benefit Event with the American Red Cross/Military Disaster Relief Fund.  We have a great community that we live in and we would like to give a special thank you to the following for their donations and help with putting on this successful event.

  • I read in The Spencer Magnet this week that we had a lot more foreclosures. Have we ever asked ourselves what causes all of this bankruptcy and foreclosures? Could it be our tax structure is so high, we do not have enough money to meet our obligations?

  • Are you struggling to make a decision about this year’s election? Let me give you a little information that might help you out. The County Clerk’s race is surely to be a hot topic for the next couple of weeks.

  • Last week, we ran a photo on our sports pages that showcased the “water girls” for the Spencer County High School football team. The photo was labeled “A team behind the team,” and I erroneously left out the girls’ names from the cutline information.
    You’ll find that same photo in the paper this week with those names included to make good on my mistake. This photo, submitted to us by Spencer Countian Ed Curry, inspired me to give a shout out to some of the team members behind our team here at The Magnet.

  • Parts of Taylorsville are starting to shine lately, and pats on the back are due to be handed out in at least three different places.
    First, how about a high five and a  job well done to the Main Street Phase II contractors, as well as the engineers and Main Street Committee members involved.
    It’s rare for a project that is closely watched by both local and state agencies to finish ahead of deadline. Not to mention an “unofficial” deadline of this past Saturday’s Progressive Dinner.

  • During Monday night’s Fiscal Court meeting, Magistrate Hobert Judd told Judge-Executive Bill Karrer that he wanted to address the court’s “communications from citizens” policy.
    Currently, the policy is that citizens are allowed three minutes to address the court as long as the topic they wish to discuss is on the agenda.
    We’ve addressed our displeasure with this policy, and for the record, we continue to do so.
    Judd recommended the court increase that three-minute window to four or even five minutes.

  • The newspaper business — both small and large papers — has sounded full-throated opposition this past month about a plan by the U.S. Postal Service to purposely entice advertising out of the newspaper so ads can be placed instead with USPS favored stakeholder Valassis Inc., which bought direct mail company ADVO in 2006.

  • Rumors in small towns spread like wildfire, and in some ways, it’s the job of the local newspaper to put those fires out.
    My first case in point is discussed at length in this week’s newspaper. At its last regularly scheduled meeting, the Spencer County Board of Education voted not to allow students to have the junior-senior prom off campus.
    Less than 24 hours after that vote was taken, the word on the street was that the prom had been canceled altogether.

  • We are rapidly approaching fall. We have endured many hot summer days, and some very dry conditions this year. I am putting this on paper while Isaac, the hurricane, is drowning the Northern Gulf Coast in the New Orleans area. They promised us some rain by the upcoming weekend, which happened to be Labor Day Weekend, and we got it.
    If you planned an indoor picnic over the weekend, please remember to recycle all items that can be renewed and reused.

  • After a visit home to the mountains of Bell County, it’s not unusual for me to come back to work and write a column about the need to value our family members and make an effort to see the ones we love more often.
    And trust me, my four-day trip home provided me with plenty of examples to do just that — however, I’ll take a little bit of a different approach this time around.

  • Each year in September, The Spencer Magnet publishes a resource directory or county guide of sorts called “This is Spencer County: Where families live, work and play.”
    This year, we’re hoping to add to that guide and we want your help. All you have to do is answer one simple question: what is Spencer County to you?
    What are the things in this beloved community that keep you here or remind you that you’re home?

  • As Sunday night came to a close, my heart grew a little sad. The 2012 Olympics were over, and now we have to wait another four years to witness the type of greatness we got to see daily for two weeks.
    These athletes, from all over the globe, are truly world-class, some might even say they’re heroic, but I contend that what makes them so great — well, most of them — is that they’re human.

  • Every five years the State Division of Waste Management requires each county to prepare a projected five-year plan based on how the last five-year plan worked.
    I am sure we are all aware of the different problems people faced over the past half of a decade. Jobs lost, plants closed, cut-backs at most levels of our environment.

  • This week, I am personally applauding Jack Proctor and Richard Johns, who, you may have seen, are the only two candidates who have filed, thus far, to seek a seat on the Taylorsville City Commission.
    Why am I applauding? Because they’re not playing games and waiting until the last possible second to declare their intent.
    When I’ve asked different officials in city and county government why they think most everyone is waiting until the final minute, I get the same response — they all want to see who else is running.
    Seriously?

  • Well, hello there.
    Whether you’re a die-hard, faithful weekly reader of our paper or whether you’re wondering why you have a newspaper in your mailbox this week, allow me to welcome you to our back to school edition of The Spencer Magnet.
    Twice each year, our staff puts together a countywide sample — meaning our newspaper is mailed to every household in Spencer County to let you “sample” what we have to offer.

  • A couple of weeks ago, your Historic Taylorsville Main Street Committee shared the exciting news that the long awaited Phase II Streetscape project was about to begin. The section of Main Street from the Courthouse to Jefferson Street is beginning a face-lift effort that will not only increase our pride for our beautiful town, but improve the economic viability of our downtown.

  • When I was 10 years old, or maybe 9, my grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I didn’t know what that meant. I just knew she got really sick, really fast.
    On January 21, 1995, I lost the last of my living grandparents to this ugly disease. I remember my mom getting the phone call to come to the hospital in a hurry. I remember my dad carrying me into my great aunt’s house. I remember pretending to be asleep when my great aunt Bonnie got the call that her sister had died.

  • As you may have noticed, we have quite the contest going on right now. The 2012 Pet Idol contest boasts a total of over $875 in prizes — not to mention you get to see your pretty little pets in the paper each week through Aug. 8. And while we enjoy seeing all of your cute critters, I feel it’s necessary to remind you of the seriousness that fuels this contest.
    All money raised during this year’s contest goes toward our Newspapers in Education program, which places newspapers in the classrooms in our schools.

  • A troubling trend is emerging from city and county government officials of increased difficulty and decreased transparency for citizens to voice concerns and request information from their local government. That is unsettling to us here at The Spencer Magnet.

  • What a debacle.
    Who would have thought we’d address the lack of a fireworks display in Spencer County on our opinion page for two weeks in a row?
    Last week, we sought out to bring you information about some sort of fireworks display in the community. In the end, we went looking for a display that didn’t exist.