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Editorials

  • WHAT WE THINK: A challenge DEAR to our hearts

    If you happened to see several Cats in hats this week or even just children in large striped top hats, don’t be alarmed.

    Monday marked Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss’s, or Theodor Seuss Geisel as he was less commonly known, birthday.

    To mark the event schools across the country and the county will celebrate all week with green eggs and ham, reading events and, of course, visits from Geisel’s most famous character, Cat in the Hat.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: SCFB Women and their commitment to nourishment

     

    Each year the Shelby County Farm Bureau’s Women’s Committee takes time to raise funds and fill bellies for Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Food Checkout Week.

    But this year these fine ladies went above and beyond.

    The group raised more than $500 to spend on food to fill backpacks for the Shelby County Backpack Project, ensuring that hundreds of children will have food over weekends.

    While they always find a way to donate food and money, the donation for children is one that we believe cannot be beaten.

  • WHAT WE THINK: City Center could be the center of our city

    We were pleased to hear the Shelbyville City Council’s unanimous “Yea” in favor of providing $2 million in funding for the proposed City Center project for the 800 block between Main and Washington streets.

    Not only could we clean up a block that is a considerable blight on our lovely downtown –excluding the community theatre, of course – but this also gets us that much closer to a much needed meeting space and an arts center to be utilized by our school district.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Continuing the restaurant tax discussion

    While we are on the topic of congratulating the city, we cannot forget to offer praise for the council’s decision to continue to discuss the restaurant tax.

    With the announcement of a workshop on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at city hall, 315 Washington Street, the council has, for the first time we are aware of, decided to discuss the 3 percent tax on food from restaurants and other sources.

    The tax doesn’t include packaged food, so groceries would not be included.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Follow the state’s lead and revamp liquor laws

    For decades our commonwealth has been known for fast horses, basketball and Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

    With growing crowds, it doesn’t seem that the Kentucky Derby’s appeal will ever diminish. And the NCAA championship game has featured either the University of Louisville for Kentucky in each of the last three years, making it obvious that our state’s top universities in Lexington and Louisville have no intention of relinquishing our stranglehold on the country’s best hoops teams.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: The House’s eye on our future

    The Kentucky House of Representatives was also hard at work last week on a bill that would ban smoking in all work places and indoor public places.

    There are a few exceptions, including cigar bars and private clubs, but for the most part the bill is fairly inclusive.

    We applaud the House for approving the bill. This is the first time such sweeping legislation has been approved in either chamber of the Kentucky legislature, and we believe it is an integral first step.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Eat up Shelbyville

    Thursday’s regular Shelbyville City Council meeting was a hub of conversation and discussion centering on a proposal for a zone change that would allow apartments in the Breighton Circle area just south of Interstate 64 by Exit 32 and close to Regal Cinemas.

    While this topic certainly deserves more discussion, it was a smaller presentation that caught our eye.

    The Shelbyville/Shelby County Visitors Bureau & Tourism Commission was on hand to make a presentation, one they made about one year ago in Simpsonville.

  • WE CELEBRATE: The life of Charles “Redd” Crabtree

    Simpsonville, Shelby County and the entire horsing community lost one of its greatest members last week.

    Charles “Redd” Crabtree left an indelible mark on the soul of Shelby County and on the Saddlebred Horse community.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Peaceful gathering focuses on kindness, respect for all

    On Friday night several members of our community gathered in front of the old Shelby County Courthouse to have a candlelight vigil.

    While the topic – racism in America and recent issues of officers with unarmed young black men – was certainly on point and relevant, it’s not what we would like to focus on.

    It was the way the vigil was handled, to us, that is the most important.

    A group of like-minded individuals gathered to express their opinion of injustice on a national topic that has gripped the TV news cycle for months now.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Karas continues her national ascent

    It was a little more than one month ago that we congratulated Gabby Karas for her fourth consecutive cross country state title.

    The Collins sophomore burst on to the scene as a seventh-grader with stamina and will power well beyond her years. And now she’s showing the rest of the country what we have come to expect from what may be the most decorated athlete to emerge from Shelby County.

    After placing 25th in 2013, Karas was 9th Saturday at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championship in San Diego.