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Editorials

  • WHAT WE THINK: It's time to repair our sidewalks

    The city of Shelbyville has reissued its ultimatums on sidewalk repair, although for a much smaller, and wiser we think, area to begin with.

    At last week’s meeting, the council heard in a report from City Engineer/Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell that her department was back out identifying sidewalks that need to be repaired on Henry Clay Street, the area in most need of repair.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Another fantastic fair

    Despite a rain-filled week, fairgoers were treated to another fun-filled Shelby County Fair.

    The conclusion of the fair is a sad day for fair fans and a happy day for organizers, who devote countless hours and immeasurable amounts of blood, sweat and tears to producing the show each year. For the first time in weeks, they can go about their regular lives and maybe even get a little rest.

    This event is such an iconic element of Shelby County, a celebration of its history and its residents, and we appreciate those who give so much to benefit so many.

  • WHAT WE THINK: We hope other police agencies can follow Simpsonville

    Our county’s smallest police department is leading the way in safety.

    For more than a year now the Simpsonville Police Department has outfitted its officers with body cameras, providing a safety measure that not only helps protect the public, but the officers, as well.

    While they do come with a bit of a Big-Brother-is-watching feeling, having each interaction with an officer recorded is something that should make us all feel safer – on both sides of the badge.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Simpsonville, state for effort to get light at Todds Point

    While it was reportedly approved months ago, pardon us if we were cautiously optimistic about the state approving a stoplight for Todds Point Road and U.S. 60 in Simpsonville.

    But now, with an end in sight at the end of this month, we are pleased to see that with the downtown streetscape renovations in Simpsonville we will also see a safer passage for cars turning onto U.S. 60 and pedestrians traversing those new sidewalks in the area.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Too few voices are answering questions for our commonwealth

    Last Tuesday night, as we sat and watched the Republican Primary for Governor, we could not help but notice one glaring issue – less than 400,000 votes were cast in our state.

    And that’s not 400,000 in the Republican Primary, that’s total. There were only 214,000 people that cared enough about our Republican nomination to vote.

    Although, maybe we should be impressed with the GOP’s turnout – only about 178,500 turned out to vote in the Democrat Primary. Of course, Jack Conway got more than 140,000 of those votes.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: The life of Blake Hundley

    On May 15 our community lost one of its most inspiring voices.

    Just 9-years-old, Blake Hundley had touched more lives than most of us much, much older.

    Diagnosed with brain cancer when he was only 6, Hundley stood strong and proudly defeated the disease … twice, even getting back on the field with his youth baseball team for a time.

    We all watched, admired and learned as someone so young fought with the guile of a much older person.

    Hundley showed us all that we can continue to strive and to live with faith in others as we battle.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Do we need to continue voting at our schools?

    As we cast our votes and watch the precious few voters that turned out with us on Tuesday, we found ourselves wondering the same thing we always do around election time.

    Surprisingly it has nothing to do with attack ads, mudslinging or even the issues. No, we’re left with that internal debate we have twice each year about students missing school for Election Days.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Those we remember on Memorial Day

    Each year Memorial Day – like the 4th of July – seems to drift further and further away from its true meaning.

    We manage our cookouts down to the spud and bun – who is grilling the dogs and burgers, who has the veggies, who has dessert, who has drinks.

    We manage our parties with games for the kids and the adults. We manage our guest lists to include our friends, neighbors and family.

    But it seems as though we never manage to stop and remember the reason we are not at work or school on the last Monday of May.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Budgets show commitment to improving our community

    Spring brings the return of sunshine, warm temperatures, rain and beautiful May flowers, and along with those rites of passage is the annual budget cycle.

    Our municipalities have put together aggressive budgets this year, signifying the growth our community has seen over the past 12 to 24 months.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Theatre’s commitment has arts center rolling again

    If OVEC is the driver and Shelby County Public Schools, the City of Shelbyville, Shelby County Community Theatre and Shelby County Fiscal Court are the wheels, then the proposed City Center/Arts Center is getting closer and closer to pulling out of the garage.

    On April 20, the Shelby County Community Theatre’s board of directors unanimously approved a resolution in support of the proposed arts, conference and theatre center in Shelbyville.