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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: New writer joins Magnet staff for 10-week internship

    Readers will have a new writer for the Spencer Magnet, but not for long. I’m the summer intern and will be spending 10 weeks in Taylorsville working at the paper.
    I’m 20 years old and will be starting my third year at the University of Kentucky this fall. With Spencer County’s relative close proximity to Louisville and the Cardinals, I only hope that won’t be held against me.

  • LETTER: Nation family says thanks

    We would like to say thank you to everyone who may have attended the benefit truck tug for Clifford Nation that was held on May 24. Your donations, attendance and continued support were and are greatly appreciated.
    A special thank you goes out to KTT, Candy Branch Motorsports, Russ Goodwin, Jonathan and Sibrina Couch, Connie Milburn, the ladies from the Spencer County Clerk’s office, Wanda Vaught, Candi Redmon, Janet Biggers, Todd Nethery and anyone we may have failed to mention.

  • LETTER: Community helps fire district raise $15,885 for crusade

    On behalf of the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Protection District I would like to thank everyone that supported our 2013 WHAS Crusade for Children efforts. Our total was $15,885 which was up $855 from last year.
    Thanks to our firefighters, family and friends that helped collect. Special thanks to a local business and Chief Toby Lewis and family for the donation of ice and drinks.

    Nathan B. Nation, Fire Chief

  • COLUMN: Witnessing artistic greatness

    Last Thursday evening, I had the opportunity to witness greatness on a number of levels.
    The Spencer Magnet was invited to attend and cover a “Night at the Museum” at Spencer County Middle School, pictures from which can be found in our B section this week.
    Art Teacher Stacy LaRue explained to our staff that each of her advanced art students and art club members would have a table of their work set up in the school’s cafeteria to display to friends and family.

  • COLUMN: AG: Teen drivers, drive safely this summer

    While some progress has been made regarding teen driver safety, motor vehicle crashes remain the number one killer of teenagers between the ages of 15 and 20. In 2012, nationally there were more than 25,200 crashes involving drivers under the age of 21. These crashes resulted in more than 8,000 injuries and 95 fatalities.

  • COLUMN: With Kleinjan, actions speak louder than words

    This week I had the pleasure of writing a story about a man that I vividly remember as a child — Spencer County Elementary School Principal Dale Kleinjan.

  • LETTER: Grieve with families on Memorial Day, too

    An ad placed in the Courier-Journal a week before Memorial Day in 1999 read, “Family (daughter) of Cpl. Charles A. Smith 3rd BAT. 1st Marines, Kilo Co., killed in Vietnam 2-28-68. Have photo. Want to give to family,” and listed a phone number Chris Giordano.
    Cpl. Charles Smith is my brother. He was killed on Feb. 29, 1968 ... six days after his 20th birthday. Chris Giordano is an extension of our family now. He had served in Vietnam with Charlie. He was wounded, losing his left arm in January 1968.

  • COLUMN: Where we were and where we are

    When I was a kid, we did not have a large amount of waste to dispose of. The top of a tin can was saved to use when a mouse would chew a hole in the floor or baseboard of a building. The can was saved to store small items such as tacks. What was paper waste got burned. Everybody had a hollow or sinkhole to dispose of the unusable waste.