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The public hearing was a good idea, and we look forward to an ordinance to serve residents.

WE CONGRATULATE: Shelbyville's steps to add trash, recycling service

Good job by the Shelbyville City Council last week when it conducted an open meeting to review its plans to adopt a citywide curbside and recycling program.

That was the penultimate appropriate step, to answer questions from and disseminate information to the public about those plans. Next would be the ultimate decision: to pass an ordinance enacting the collection of trash and recyclables from all residences.

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You may think the skies draw us to football games. For my Granddaddy and me, it was all about baseball and softball.

The luring nights before Friday nights

By Steve Doyle

There used to be a time, before Daylight Savings Time pushed our summer sunsets until almost bedtime, before schools started with the dog days of August and before lights from the mixing center contaminated our horizons, when I was lured all over the county by a phenomenon in the heavens.

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The facilities and teachers and consistency at Shelby County Public Schools are positives, which we like, but the parents have to be as ready as the students.

WHAT WE THINK: All of us have to be ready for a new school year

Back-to-school time is when parents are frenzied with making sure their students’ clothes for the coming year are the correct size and shape, that the appropriate number and color of folders/notebooks/journals have been acquired and labeled and that pencils – and students – are sharpened and prepared for those first classes next Wednesday.


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Yum! Brands is planning to test a new restaurant with which we have a bone to pick: It leaves out Colonel Sanders.

WHAT WE THINK: Yum's Colonel-less restaurant is a bad concept

We were dismayed last week to hear about Yum! Brands new strategic move with Kentucky Fried Chicken – or KFC, if you prefer.

In case you missed the announcement, Yum! is planning to test a “fast casual” restaurant aimed at a younger audience as a possible spinoff chain, with healthier chicken recipes (even no bones) and side dishes, which we applaud, but with one key item missing from its menu:

Colonel Harland Sanders himself.


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The events of the weekend before open the community to be able to embrace the horse show, even if they aren't into horses.

WE CONGRATULATE: The Jubilee’s icing on Shelbyville Horse Show's cake

One of the summer’s big events, the Shelbyville Horse Show, is only a week away, but the fun news is that our community’s celebration of that event gets off to a broader start with the Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee, which arrives this week for its 3-day run.

We love the horse show and its magical way of putting a fine dressing on the Saddlebred competitors in Shelby County, but we love the Jubilee for putting a nice bow on the populace at large and making this event relevant to everyone.


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The debate about pay for substitute teachers in Shelby County Public Schools hit the right compromise for us.

WHAT WE THINK: Schools reached right number on sub pay

The volatile issue of pay for substitute teachers in Shelby County – which has become as big a debate for its emotion as it has for its fiscal prudence – appears to be nearing a reasonable conclusion.


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We're very glad the Wesley Apartments are now rubble.

WE CONGRATULATE: The demolition of apartments

What a wonderful sight to behold: Heavy equipment tearing down the decrepit and unsightly Wesley Apartments brick by ugly brick.


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By Ryan S. Allan

MY WORD: Teachers aren’t sleeping right now

There are many metaphors to describe the idea that something big is coming. Sleeping dogs. Sleeping giants. Runaway trains. Quiet volcanoes. Rechargeable batteries….wait, what?

Well, admittedly rechargeable batteries don’t have the poetic value of the others, but the idea remains. Rechargeable batteries are energy accumulators. When recharging, they are gearing up for the work they must perform in the future. When recharging, they are preparing for the moment when they can transfer their stored energy. When recharging, they are building and growing.

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WE CONGRATULATE: The new race for U.S. Senate

We’re glad that there will be a race in 2014 for Kentucky’s seat in the United States Senate.

We were fearing that the perceived walkover that incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell is approaching was about to become a reality, that Sen. McConnell would get 6 more years by default.

But now that the actor and the Miss America have withdrawn from consideration, Alison Lundergan Grimes, our secretary of state, has stepped forward to carry the banner for the Democrats.


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WHAT WE THINK: That exit ramp may be too short

There has been a lot of activity surrounding the much-needed new interchange for KY 55 at Interstate 64, and we’re not talking about the ongoing and constant bustle of construction.

This interchange – whose status was pushed forward for immediate repair because its decades-old design had left an unacceptably short and imminently dangerous merge/acceleration lane eastbound – continues to be a tempest of debate and demands for help, despite the fact that construction is not even halfway completed.


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