http://www.spencermagnet.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en From our readers - March to Recovery draws attention on heroin addiction http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/our-readers-march-recovery-draws-attention-heroin-addiction <p> There is a great battle taking place in our communities. Too many have seen their sons and daughters fall victim to heroin and drug addiction. This has resulted in much anguish and pain for many families with the loss of life from overdoses and the daily turmoil of an addicted loved one.</p> From our readers - J. D. Shelburne thanks fans and supporters for concert http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/our-readers-j-d-shelburne-thanks-fans-and-supporters-concert <p> County fair is welcome escape http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/county-fair-welcome-escape <p> The year 2016 has been full of political drama, locally, in Frankfort, and of course, nationally with the most surreal presidential election in our nation&rsquo;s history that&rsquo;s hitting a peak during convention time.<br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s been a year of local battles over budgets and funding that took the county to the brink of a shutdown. In Frankfort, the feud between the current governor and the former governor&rsquo;s family seems to play out with a new lawsuit every week.<br /> <br /> Staying safe this summer http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/staying-safe-summer <p> Although summer break is coming to an end, summer weather&mdash;and hazards&mdash;will continue. However, there are a few things you can do to help keep your family safe, happy, and healthy for the rest of the season, especially while enjoying the great outdoors.<br /> <br /> Main St. rocks http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/main-st-rocks <p> Whether Spencer County native J.D. Shelburne makes it to the top of the country charts is yet to be determined, but his concert on Main Street Saturday night certainly was a hit.<br /> <br /> That&rsquo;s a credit not only to he and his band, but to the tireless efforts of those who helped plan and coordinate the show that resulted in a couple of thousand people gathering for a festive occasion.<br /> <br /> From our readers - Opposes Sheriff’s cuts http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/our-readers-opposes-sheriff%E2%80%99s-cuts <p> The basic safety of the citizens of Spencer County has now been substantially decreased.&nbsp; As the heroin epidemic sweeps our county and law enforcement officers across the nation are the new target for a sea of individuals with sick minds, what did our County Judge, John Riley do?&nbsp; He pushed through a budget that drastically decreased&nbsp; the funding for our sheriff&rsquo;s department, which in turn, caused a decrease in available patrols. &nbsp;</p> From our readers - Tournament Thank You http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/our-readers-tournament-thank-you <p> The first annual Hoop Off tournament was a success. We would like to thank Spencer Co. Fiscal Court for the opportunity of putting the tournament on. We would also like to thank the Spencer Co. Board of Education, Jim Oliver and custodians Anna Harely and Sharron Kanazel, Mike Marksbury and Scott Noel, athletic directors at SCHS and SCMS, and also Bart Stark.</p> <p> Also, thanks to Jennifer Downs, Jennifer Banta and Cheryl Downs, for taking up gate admission and the Spencer County Cobras for working concessions, and the Taylorsville City Police.</p> World spinning out of control? http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/world-spinning-out-control <p> As a self-confessed news junkie, these are busy times. So much is happening in our nation and in our world, it&rsquo;s enough to make your head spin. This is all the more reason to make sure the old noggin is screwed on straight. Among the things getting our attention this week:<br /> <br /> &bull; The continued carnage in what appears to be an escalating conflict between law and anarchy. I hesitate to see this in terms of black and white, because while many in the media want to portray this as simply racial strife, I believe the issues are significantly more than skin deep.<br />