http://www.spencermagnet.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Get outside and play http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/get-outside-and-play <p> If you happened by Ray Jewell Memorial Park this past Saturday, you saw and heard something that&rsquo;s becoming increasingly rare these days. The sounds of kids playing, the sights of kids running and jumping&ndash;all were on full display. The same sights are common at Waterford Park during the soccer season.<br /> <br /> Thanks are in order to all the adults involved in all youth programs, whether they be sports, scouting, church-related or any other activities designed to get kids out of the house and involved.<br /> <br /> Budget clock about to strike http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/budget-clock-about-strike <p> When it comes to procrastination, I&rsquo;m one of the worst offenders. Just ask my wife. The temptation to put off until tomorrow what should be done today is one I repeatedly struggle with.<br /> <br /> I&rsquo;m not alone.<br /> <br /> The Spencer County Fiscal Court finally got serious about the budget Monday night. The only problem is, time is running out.<br /> <br /> By state law, counties must pass a balanced budget by the last day of June, to take effect the first day of July. However, the true deadlines fall a little earlier than that.<br /> <br /> Legislative committees begin work for 2017 http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/legislative-committees-begin-work-2017 <p> June begins the Interim Period, a time during which legislators meet with their respective committees and monitor any issues within our scope. We also hear testimony and are informed on noteworthy topics that may require us to take action in future legislation. It is hard to believe that the 2017 session is only seven months away. Because it falls during an odd year, it will be a 30-day session that starts on Tuesday, January 3. It is already time, however, to prepare and discuss important issues facing the Commonwealth.</p> Congress ceded power to president http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/congress-ceded-power-president <p> In response to Jim Waters&rsquo; June 8 article:<br /> From shock to frenzy http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/shock-frenzy <p> After the shock of Sunday morning&rsquo;s massacre at a night club in Orlando began to wear off, the frenzy began.<br /> The frenzy was not about finding out what truly happened, but centered on who could make the most political hay out of the tragedy.</p> Taxpayers deserve better http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/taxpayers-deserve-better <p> Spencer Magnet Editorial</p> <p> When Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump called a press conference in April to announce his office would no longer be offering 24/7 patrols following a vote by the fiscal court to cut his payroll budget by nearly $100,000, he refused to give details about his schedule. Understandably, he wanted to keep those details under wraps so as not to provide a green light to criminals.</p> NRA gun policy http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/nra-gun-policy <p> Dear Editor,</p> <p> <br /> I enjoyed your article on the NRA convention and how safe it was because everyone had guns.</p> <p> <br /> I thought I heard on the news that guns and knives were not allowed in the room where our senators, our governor and Trump were speaking. What conclusion should I draw?</p> <p> <br /> Larry Lawson<br /> Taylorsville</p> Ali vs. Rocky http://www.spencermagnet.com/content/ali-vs-rocky <p> The Greatest!</p> <p> <br /> That&rsquo;s the self-imposed title Muhammad Ali gave himself early in his career, and the same title most pundits have used to describe him over the past several days in the wake of his death Friday at the age of 74.</p> <p> <br /> Ali was indeed one of the greatest to ever step into the ring. He was pure showman, able to capture and keep an audience&rsquo;s attention, and he introduced a fresh, new boastfulness into the world of sports. We can debate about whether that was good or bad, but Ali made it fun.</p>