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We like that Shelby County Public Schools is testing and teaching safety measures.

We congratulate: Lessons in safety schools are learning

We like what we are hearing from our schools about an increased focus on security. A month after the devastating horror that occurred in Newtown, Conn., we are seeing and hearing that those 26 deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary are having some bit of a positive legacy in school systems cross the country.

We like that we hear and see that Shelby County Public Schools is working systematically with law enforcement for lockdown drills and process reviews that are intrinsic in providing confidence to parents and imperative to ensuring that first responders are practiced as well.


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We commend the Shelbyville City Council for its ordinance, but it doesn't go far enough.

What we think: Let’s get tougher on fund-raising solicitation at intersections

The Shelbyville City Council is working on a really good concept that appears to be at a crossroads as to whether it deserves a green light.

We speak of the newly beefed up solicitation ordinance the council introduced and passed on first reading last Thursday night. The idea is to get more teeth into the requirements for those who would solicit money, for gain or for good cause, on your doorstep, your sidewalk or your street corner.


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A generous donation and some ingenuity have created a new opportunity for Shelby County women to improve their fitness.

We congratulate: Two ideas fit for emulation

When we think of public giving, we like creative concepts that benefit in a variety of ways, and we have two great examples that have come together to form a truly great addition to our community.


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As we head into a new year, this is the agenda we would establish for Shelby County.

What we think: These are our goals for 2013

This is the time of year for goal-setting, for establishing a blueprint and a roadmap to develop us as better individuals and, together, guide us into forming a stronger community. We commit those concepts into ink on paper, giving them weight and value and creating a contract that binds us to them.


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Shelby County has measured fairly well against our goals.

What we think: We have made good progress on a few issues

Here is our annual report card for the community, when we evaluate our performance against the goals and objectives we listed last January.

We have undertaken this process since 2009, and we believe that it is the newspaper’s goal to establish goals and lead the focus and discussion on issues that are of primary importance to all of us.

As we look back at 2012, at an agenda that was modest by most standards, we can grade our county with an A in several important categories, but we are more unsettled by how many Incompletes we must hand out.


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In th wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, we think students themselves need to be part of the safety process.

What we think: We must ensure our students are safe

As we have sat and watched our worst nightmare emerge as reality in Newtown, Conn., we are left with only one question that truly matters now:

Are our students safe?

When we put on their coats to protect them from the weather, when we place them in vehicles built for safety, when they are delivered into the buildings where they will spend their days, are they truly protected?
Before Friday, isn’t that a part of life we took for granted? The safest place for a child would be his or her home. Next on that list would be their schools. Right?


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It's wonderful that OVEC has helped Shelby County Public Schools be part of a $40 million federal Race to the Top grant.

We congratulate: New grant to help schools

Thanks to some smart work by Leon Mooneyhan and the folks at the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, Shelby County students are about to have a chance to be a bit smarter themselves.

Mr. Mooneyhan and OVEC partnered with the Green river Regional Educational Cooperative to earn $40 million in federal Race to the Top grants for 23 school districts.

That’s a wonderful accomplishment in a state that had missed out entirely on earning a piece of one of those grants in 2011. The cooperatives’ cooperation worked well.


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The two outlet mall plans for Simpsonville wil be approved, but we believe opponents have some valid points that sould get attention.

What we think: Outlet mall critics deserve attention

We as a community are down to the last Christmas seals of approval for the proposed outlet malls for Simpsonville.

Next Wednesday the Simpsonville City Commission will consider on second reading of an ordinance that signs off on zone changes and site plans submitted by Trio Property and Paragon Outlet Properties, which have partnered on the 64-acre parcel south of Interstate 64 and east of Buck Creek Road.

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We're glad a group of Vietnam War veterans got the tribute they deserved during the Shelbyville Christmas parade.

We congratulate: A Christmas gift for Vietnam veterans

We only can be ashamed that this took so long, but the inclusion in the Shelbyville Christmas parade of a group of former Vietnam War veterans was a wonderful holiday gift for these men and for our community.


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We continue to be befuddled by the unequal application of the state's shock probation law. A killer goes free, and a thief stays in jail.

What we think: We are shocked by this inequity

The absurd incongruity of the state’s application of shock probation has added a new twist of the sword of inequity, a new and ugly demonstration of why the law must be rewritten, redefined or – best of option of all – repealed.

Exhibit 1: Tonya Nicole Brown delivers a baby in a restroom of a restaurant in Shelby County, puts that living baby into plastic bags and shoves them into a trash receptacle, gets back into her vehicle and drives home to Lexington.

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