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Editorials

  • WHAT WE THINK: Sunday sales needed to help serve distilleries

    If the Shelbyville City Council has the opportunity to help a local business succeed and no other businesses or individuals would be harmed or displaced because of it, should it not take that option?

    That obvious answer to that question is yes, especially when they annexed and helped put laws in place for that business so it could get started.

    But the council seems to have mixed feelings on helping Jeptha Creed Distillery be able to reach its full potential.

  • WHAT WE THINK: For holiday cheer, try just being polite

    Over the last several decades Black Friday has been known to bring out the worst in people.

    We’ve all seen it – shoppers trampled, pushed, shoved, cursed at and fighting over a cheap TV or the must-have holiday toy of the season.

    It’s the saddest display of what a consumer driven society can do to people.

    And while shoppers can be difficult to deal with throughout the holiday season, one troubling trend we’ve seen across the commonwealth, and even nationwide, is the rudeness going both ways.

  • 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: 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.

  • 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.