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We find it offensive that not all offenders are listed on the registry.

WHAT WE THINK: We are offended by sex registry

We were troubled last week to learn that a broad-based sweep to ensure that registered sex offenders were complying with lifetime restrictions had turned up a sex offender on the loose in Shelby County.

But that disgusting news – to us, any sex offender loose in our neighborhoods is a potential threat to our children – was surpassed when we learned of a Shelbyville man arrested virtually the same day on child sex charges was not even a part of the registry or a target in the sweep.


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The Methodists have a good idea that needs broader participation.

WE CONGRATULATE: A new idea for helping all

We don’t mean to endorse one religion over another – in fact, we wouldn’t dare – but we have to give the Methodists their props for what we consider a very good idea.

That was the organized community effort the Methodist churches in the county convened last Saturday to help those who most need help.


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Jim Reynolds has plans to rebuild his fire-destroyed buildings, and we like what we are hearing.

WE CONGRATULATE: Mr. Reynolds’ plans for a new neighborhood

Jim Reynolds, the man whose three buildings were destroyed in the fire in Shelbyville three weeks ago, has wasted no time in planning to replace those buildings, and we wish him Godspeed in that endeavor.


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The General Assembly's religious freedom bill hardly is necessary and perhaps ineffective. Aren't there other issues that deserve attention?

WHAT WE THINK: Another unnecessary law from Frankfort

The issue of guaranteeing religious freedom emerged this month in a bill that sailed through the General Assembly and was vetoed last week by Gov. Steve Beshear.

We certainly are proponents of religious freedom and supporters of those rights as enumerated in the U.S. and state constitutions, but to us this seems sort of like the below-the-radar constitutional amendment on hunting that the voters swallowed last November:

Why are our elected leaders spending time on something esoteric and unnecessary?


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Curbside recycling is a must for Shelby County's residents.

WHAT WE THINK: Recycling must be available to all

As the process moves forward toward creating countywide curbside garbage and recycling for residents, we want to be sure that all those responsible for making these decisions are reading from the same and appropriate page.

Certainly, we are encouraged and buoyed to learn that the members of Shelby County Fiscal Court and the Shelbyville City Council are being proactive and working together on this issue. A joint effort on a contract only could help both bodies effectively represent their constituents by providing the best possible rate.


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We like the choice of Shawn Pickens to replace longtime director Clay Cottongim.

WE CONGRATULATE: Shelby County's new parks chief

As almost everyone around here will tell him – and by his own admission, he appears to understand – Shawn Pickens has a big job ahead of him.

In taking over as the new director of Shelby County Parks & Recreation, Mr. Pickens not only inherits a complicated and growing task of managing resources and manpower to meet an ever-growing need and opportunity, but he also steps into the boots and sneakers of a man who spent has spent his life building that system, Clay Cottongim.


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We think Simpsonville Major Steve Eden has the best compromise on the location of a new power substation.

WHAT WE THINK: Simpsonville's sugggestion has real power

We have sympathy for the residents of the Hunter’s Pointe development just south of Simpsonville.


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Fire has eaten a hole in Shelbyville, but it has left an opportunity for improvement.

WHAT WE THINK: Shelbyville has a burning case of opportunity

Even the most optimistic among us is fretting now about what will happen to the fire-gashed hole on the southwest side of Main Street in Shelbyville’s business district.


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The equations fluctuate in the higher-math tutorials of Shelby County Public Schools.

WHAT WE THINK: Shelby County school funding is complex math

The higher math being taught at our schools these days isn’t in the classrooms of honors and Advance Placement courses but, rather, in the public gatherings of the Shelby County Board of Education.


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Why not claim Jennifer Lawrence for her connections to Shelby County through her family's business?

WE CONGRATULATE: An acclaimed actor we can call ours*

In the nearly 221 years that Shelby County has been recording official history, there are two words of excellence that we can’t find in the index: Academy Award.

For all the wonderful artists, actors and thespians who have trod the boards in Shelby County and gone on to bigger and better things, none has appeared on of those brief but incredibly esteemed lists of actors who have gone home with the gold statuette they call Oscar.

But now maybe we can add those words to our lore, even if we have to put an * beside it.


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