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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Fireworks not in the cards for us?

    Will Spencer County ever have a fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day? I thought the answer was finally a resounding “Yes!” last week when all signs pointed to a night of fun at the lake on July 6. But Mother Nature had other plans.
    Inches and inches and feet of other plans.
    Thursday through Saturday, Spencer County, along with many other nearby areas, received so much rain we could have started to build an ark.

  • COLUMN: Fighting racial bias in the federal judicial process

    Here are two statistics that disturb me, and should startle everyone:
    • African Americans in Kentucky are six times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession.
    • While African Americans are 13 percent of the total U.S. population, they make up 37 percent of the prison population.
    What is the reason for these disparities?

  • EDITORIAL: Effort, cooperation bring fireworks to Spencer again

    For the past two years, we’ve harped on anyone we could possibly blame for not putting together a July Fourth celebration worthy of the wonderful citizens of Taylorsville and Spencer County.
    So, this year, it’s only fair to heap credit where it’s due.
    On Saturday, two days after Independence Day, our citizens will have an opportunity to gather together and celebrate their freedom with a fireworks show to boot.

  • COLUMN: With summer upon us, remember to recycle

    We are now into the “lazy, hazy days of summer,” according to the song. We have many issues we need to address so we can forget lazy. First up, we have been very lucky to have been approved for a grant from the Kentucky Pride Fund to purchase a new heavy duty baler for the recycling center. The new baler will help compact cardboard and paper products into tighter bales and create more bales in less time.

  • Tea Party movement alive and well

    Contrary to the liberal media’s opinion that the Tea Party has passed it’s prime, the event in Washington D.C. last Wednesday proved otherwise. Both the east lawn and west lawn of the U.S. Capitol building were covered with thousands of patriotic Americans exercising their First Amendment Freedom of Speech.
    The topic of east lawn speakers was the “Gang of 8” immigration bill (a secure border was promised with the 1986 Amnesty bill, but never delivered — now we have untold millions here illegally).

  • A reminder to ‘public servants’

    The use of force or coercion to abuse or intimidate others — that’s the definition of bullying and it has been all too familiar in Spencer County these days.
    While we know this is a pressing issue in our schools, the bullying we’d rather address today comes straight from our elected officials.
    Over the last 10 days, members of our staff have been told the following from those “trusted” with serving this community:

  • COLUMN: Loads of trash collected, but that’s a good thing

    We have completed our Spring Roadside Litter Abatement Drive with the largest number of groups to date. With almost 1,900 bags of litter contained, we can feel sure that for a short time, at least, our county is more presentable to visitors.
    Our county tire amnesty held in May netted 1,580 scrap tires that will not end up in Salt River or Brashears Creek, etc. We have had good luck to date in having the cooperation of our citizens when we have a cleanup/takeback event of any type.

  • COLUMN: Don't be afraid to 'invest' in yourself

    There is a definite divide between what would normally be classified as an expense as opposed to what is considered an investment, and your accountant would advise you to keep the two separated when it comes time to file your taxes. However, when it comes to advertising, it is my contention that the lines blur and even intermingle between the two in many regards, and I will gladly explain how I’ve come to this way of thinking.