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Opinion

  • Yes, we just endured another pretty mild winter, but the cold always seems to feel colder in February and March when we long for warmer weather, sunny skies and getting outdoors.
    Spring is here and it’s always amazing at how quickly Kentucky turns green. If you pay attention, there are more leaves unfurled on your drive home than you noticed on your drive into work this morning. The change is rapid and the change is welcome!

  • The Spencer County Fiscal Court concluded last week that they are willing to suffer through a year of pain before rushing to raise insurance premium taxes on property owners.

  • Flipping the calendar over to a brand new year brings new opportunities and fresh beginnings. It’s the time of year when many people make resolutions and resolve to break old habits or begin new ones.
    This year, new elected officials begin new terms in Spencer County, and there’s a real chance for progress, as long as office holders will keep their focus on the county and not be distracted by petty differences, political spats or personality conflicts. It’s easier said than done, but citizens should demand it.

  • Elected officials often hear criticism, and rarely hear praise. Of course, they sometimes do things taxpayers don’t like, and those who disagree are typically way more vocal than those who agree.
    Still, as a number of elected officials prepare to leave office soon, it’s fitting to at least acknowledge their willingness to do an often thankless job that comes with a big target.

  • The debate in Spencer County is no longer whether we want change or not. Change is happening all around us. We can either try to manage it, or it will manage us.

  • It’s fitting that Thanksgiving ushers in the holiday season. What better way to prepare our hearts for Christmas than to pause, reflect and offer up thanks for all of our own blessings. Being grateful is a prelude to being generous.
    Whether you’ve lived in Spencer County a short while or your entire life, you’ve probably come to recognize that this is a special community that cares for one another. Sure, there are exceptions, but as a community, we look out for each other, we care for each other, and we give like few other places.

  • When you put several hundred middle schoolers inside a crowded gym, you would expect the noise to be deafening. But as a lone trumpeter played taps Friday morning to honor fallen veterans, there was not a peep, shuffle or whisper to be heard at Spencer County Middle School. It’s called respect and it was on full display this weekend at various Veterans Day events across the county.

  • There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
     a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
     a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
     a time to search and a time to give up,

  • Tis the season when newspapers across the nation publish political endorsements. Most often, these are decided by newspaper staff members who arrogantly meet around a table and agree that they are better informed and more knowledgable than the average voter. So out of the goodness of their heart and civic minded charity, they share their superior knowledge with the general public in hopes that the election will turn out the way the newspaper prefers.
    So without further ado, here are our endorsements:
     

  • Learning a trade by being an apprentice has been a practice spanning centuries. A young person would be taken under the wing of a skilled craftsman or tradesperson, and learn from the master. It was hands-on training with immediate feedback, correction and encouragement.
    How refreshing that apprenticeships seem to be making a comeback for young people. Spencer County Schools should be applauded for participating in this type of program.

  • “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
        The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America

  • It was kind of tough to get around in downtown Taylorsville Saturday night. Main Street was packed with people, and we’re not talking about just the sidewalks. The street itself was shut down, blocked by a huge stage where Spencer County native JD Shelburne returned home to launch a new CD.
    It’s nice to see events that bring people together, especially in the heart of a community. Folks came with lawn chairs, lined them up in a mostly orderly fashion and one couldn’t help but notice that just about everyone had a smile on their face.

  • By the time you finish reading this sentence, it will be history. History is like that – it happens just as quickly as the present becomes the past.
    History is an important indicator of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going. That’s why it’s vital that we study history, preserve history and appreciate history. But we must resist the temptation to get stuck in history.

  • People who enjoy a good, productive garden, must invest a considerable amount of time and energy weeding out the bad and keeping the good. Left unattended, weeds can quickly overtake a garden in little time, not only hiding the good stuff, but choking it off and robbing it of nourishment as well.
    To the careless or inexperienced gardener, it may be hard to tell the difference between weeds and crops. They’re all green, they grow in the dirt and it takes training and effort to discern the two.

  • People who enjoy a good, productive garden, must invest a considerable amount of time and energy weeding out the bad and keeping the good. Left unattended, weeds can quickly overtake a garden in little time, not only hiding the good stuff, but choking it off and robbing it of nourishment as well.
    To the careless or inexperienced gardener, it may be hard to tell the difference between weeds and crops. They’re all green, they grow in the dirt and it takes training and effort to discern the two.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.