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Today's Opinions

  • Happy Birthday America

    Spencer Countians are joining other Americans this week to celebrate America’s 242nd Birthday.
    Born out of a fierce determination and longing to be a free, self-governing people, our forefathers and their families pledged their lives and fortunes 242 years ago by signing a letter declaring our independence from Great Britain. They did so by citing our dependence on the blessings of God and it took the blood and sacrifice of Americans from all 13 colonies to secure our liberty.
    Today, America stands as a beacon for human freedom and liberty.

  • Fiscal Court urged to focus

    Spencer County Fiscal Court got a dressing down Monday from a man who will soon take  his seat at the court’s table. Jim Travis, who won May’s primary for magistrate in Elk Creek, requested permission to address the court and offered up a civil, but biting critique of the disfunction of county government over the past four years.

  • Ruling helps protect the integrity of our vote

    Whether you like Donald Trump or hate him, one thing is certain -- one of the most lasting impacts the Trump presidency will have on this nation is the placement of new federal judges, including justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. Early returns show that those conservative judges are restoring common sense and founding principles to America.

  • The Class of '18

    Congratulations to the Class of 2018. Whether you graduated from Spencer County High School, Hillview Academy, or received a degree from college or a certification from a technical school, this is a pivotal moment in your life.
    You deserve to take a breath, reflect on your accomplishments and pause to thank those who helped you along the way. But make it brief. Life is waiting for you and you can’t afford to rest on your laurels.
    Opportunity awaits and the choices you make over the next few years will go a long way in determining the rest of your life.

  • We need the pride of ownership

    A pot-hole filled parking lot at a hotel might be a nuisance, but a crumbling driveway at your house might spur you to action. It’s amazing what we might be willing to put up with when we distance ourselves from ownership.
    Sadly, for many people who now call Spencer County home, they don’t always treat it like home. These are residents who simply spend the night here, but whose jobs, commerce, and other activities take place across the Jefferson County line.

  • No excuses: Secure our schools

    If a homeowner or business owner continued to be burglarized, do you believe he or she would be most concerned about the tools used to gain entry? Would they spend days and weeks pondering the mental mindset of the person breaking in? Would they suggest townhall meetings or new laws to limit access to bolt cutters or new programs to identify and counsel would-be thieves?

  • Voting honors our veterans

    It’s so fitting that in Kentucky, elections, whether they be May primaries or November general elections, typically fall on or near the same week Americans celebrate veterans. In November, it’s Veterans Day and in May, it’s Memorial Day.
    Few things are more American than the freedom to vote, and that freedom has been purchased with the sacrifice of the blood of tens of thousands of Kentuckians who have laid down their lives in the defense of our liberties since before Kentucky gained statehood in 1792.

  • Those ugly signs are symbols of our freedom

    Some people hate dandelions. They even spray their yard for them and do everything possible to keep the weeds with the bright yellow blooms from overtaking their yard. While many consider them a nuisance and unsightly, they do serve as a refreshing symbol that spring has sprung and after a long, cold winter, it’s nice to be reminded of that.
    It’s the same way with political yard signs. They are often unsightly, sometimes seem uncontrollable and they start to appear about the same time as the dandelions, and are usually less appealing.