Today's Opinions

  • POINT-COUNTERPOINT COLUMN: Announcement was ‘self-serving act’

    NOTE: Editor Shannon Brock and Freelancer John Shindlebower each tackle a side of the question, "Was NBA player Jason Collins 'courageous' in announcing publicly that he is gay?"

  • LETTER: Small sin is still sin

    If we are Christians, we should all walk the way Paul tells us to walk.
    2 Corinthians 5:7-10 says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

  • COLUMN: Maybe good help isn’t so hard to find

    The old saying goes that “good help is hard to find.” With that saying, this week, I will respectfully disagree.
    Although most of you haven’t had a chance to meet the newest byline to grace the pages of The Spencer Magnet, you may have noticed that Phyllis McLaughlin has authored quite a few stories for us over the past seven weeks.

  • COLUMN: Paul: ‘Armed defense’ is only proposal to deter ‘armed madman’

    Every time I listen to the parents of the children who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, I am profoundly sad. I have three boys and the grief and pain that a parent feels when their child is taken is hard to fathom. I can only imagine the magnitude of their grief.

  • LETTER: Noticing a neighbor

    I want to say a couple of things about Scott Travis. He is always stepping up for Taylorsville. My family and I know him as a neighbor and friend. Everyone knows he is a farmer, which is a 24/7 job, but this man will stop to help and talk to you. I want him to know how much we appreciate him. There are not many like him.
    Scott we love and appreciate you for your everyday love and friendship. You deserve to be noticed. You’re the greatest.

    Terry, Jane and Donnie Smith
    Spencer County

  • LETTER: Thank you to the family, friends of Bernard Lilly

    Recently, our community lost a wonderful soul with a giving spirit. Even in his passing, Bernard Lilly was thinking of a way to give back. His family requested that memorial gifts be sent to Spencer County Habitat for Humanity. We would just like to thank those who honored his request and his wife, Teresa, who supported his wishes.

  • COLUMN: We’re among heroes every day

    I spent Friday night on the couch trying to fight off what has now become a full-fledged cold. So much for that, but it’s not like I would have moved from in front of the tv anyway. When my eyes weren’t reading the latest tweets to stay updated, they were glued to the national new stations as America awaited the capture of a terrorist.
    Once the suspects in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings were identified, law enforcement officials in and around Boston spent hour after hour trying to capture them.

  • LETTER: Antenna timeline

    Jan. 2, 2012, Antennas Unlimited provided Bill Karrer a job estimate to construct a 250-foot ROHN 45G antenna tower. Nothing in Fiscal Court had been mentioned about an antenna tower or new radio system yet. Obviously Bill Karrer, the fiscal court judge, requested the estimate sometime in 2011.