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Editorials

  • WHAT WE THINK: Take care with the rockets red glare

    Apple pie, homemade ice cream, hamburgers and American flags, houses and families nationwide will be decked out in their Red, White and Blue best this weekend to celebrate the 4th of July.

    Barbecues will dot the landscape in the afternoon and early evening before an overabundance of colors takes over our night sky.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Quick work, safety actions in Walmart scare

    What could have been a scary situation was handled calmly, coolly and with the upmost care Saturday when store personnel and county officials quickly handled a potential bomb scare at Walmart in Shelbyville.

    A store employee had noticed a suspicious suitcase sitting outside the Tire and Lube center of the store and alerted store management, who then calmly evacuated the store.

    From there our county officials took over, calling in a bomb squad from Lexington.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Stop, think before you Tweet

    Former NFL player and coach Herman Edwards can often be found giving opinions on ESPN during football season, and if you go back and listen you can see that Edwards is not very fond of social media platforms, especially Twitter.

    Edwards – who often times is brought in to discuss the moral high ground of decisions along with the X’s and O’s of the game – has a favorite quote when it comes to the instant response time of Tweets: “Don’t hit send.”

  • WHAT WE THINK: Wet/dry vote is a principle of economics

     The Shelby County Fiscal Court’s decision to take on the work to let the people vote on the county’s wet/dry/moist status should be met with great applause.

    The idea of allowing package liquor sales in the county is not a new one, but this is the first time the county has lent its full support to the cause.

    Last week the court approved setting aside $15,000 to help attain the signatures needed to get the decision put on the ballot.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Post-secondary education cuts go too deep

    At what point do we realize that we have already cut to the quick in education?

    The bleeding will not stop, and the newest band-aid will likely need to be applied on our community college system.

    Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget calls for spending cut of 4.5 percent for postsecondary education institutions for the remainder of this fiscal year followed by a whopping 9 percent cut included in budget.

  • WHAT WE THINK: It's time for community to address heroin

    For the past several months a small Southern Indiana community has been a part of the national news because of an HIV epidemic.

    Scott County, Ind., has a little more than half the population of Shelby County, and Scottsburg, the county seat, is a little less than half the size of Shelbyville.

    In Scott County the leading issue has been Opana, an opiod used for severe pain.

    Users will melt the pills to shoot up for a quicker, more intense high.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Simpsonville gearing up for Internet expansion

    While the Simpsonville City Commission handles the day-to-day issues of the city, it’s shown time and time again that it has at least one eye focused squarely on the future.

    And that has never been more evident than at Thursday’s meeting.

    City commissioners, Mayor Steve Eden and staff discussed the budget, salt for the roads for this week’s winter weather, road projects and hiring an attorney to help with the possible addition of a high speed Internet franchise agreement.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Vacant dealership is an entry eyesore

    More than six months ago Shelby County lost one of its major auto dealers when the Jeff Wyler Group closed the doors on its Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership on the west end of Shelbyville.

    Located on Taylorsville Road the site had long since been an auto dealer, welcoming patrons into Shelbyville on one of our busiest roads.

    Now the lot still sits empty, begging for another dealership to meet our needs.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Mt. Eden Road development a step in the right direction

    We are happy to see two new developments planned for the east side of Shelbyville on Mount Eden Road.

    As a main entrance to our county seat, our zoning commission has approved a solid plan for those looking to build here, and we believe some expansion on the east side is certainly warranted.

    Although more would be needed to create a perfect balance between the east and west sides of the city, and even the county, we see this as a solid start.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Dividing up the tourism tax so we all get a bite

    On Jan. 1, the city of Shelbyville’s tourism tax kicked in, meaning an extra 3 percent tax has been added to restaurants, lunch counters and certain items from grocery and convenient stores.

    Now that it is in place, we can stop the discussion about whether we want the new tax or if it is warranted, and instead focus on where the money can be spent.