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Editorials

  • WHAT WE THINK: Look locally for all your needs, including education

    While we are certainly glad to hear that Corpus Christi has raised enough money and will remain open, we wonder why our local private schools have struggled to maintain a vibrant and strong population in recent years.

    Our churches never seem to struggle for members or volunteers, and our community has always had a strong attachment to its faith.

    But it seems as though many students in our county are sent west to Louisville parochial schools, but why?

    What would make a parent travel 30 miles or more for a high school education?

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Old Man Winter and his ability to surprise

    We finally thought it was safe. Furnaces were turned off, windows were opened and necks were slightly sunburned.

    We started to pack away our stocking caps and winter coats. Yes the long, cold, brutal winter was finally over.

    Or so we thought.

    We have long believed that you give credit where credit is due, whether you agree or not, and Old Man Winter deserves a little credit.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Lets give fairness a fair shake

    If there is one thing we believe in, it’s the Golden Rule.

    Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

    Such a simple decree, but if everyone followed it could you imagine what a wonderful world we would live in?

    That’s why we just can’t understand the Shelbyville City Council’s refusal to act on or even publicly discuss the request for a Fairness Ordinance from the Shelby County chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Simpsonville recognizes growth, impact it can have on residents

    Last week the Simpsonville City Commission did something that very few governments consider – they chose to lower taxes.

    The 10.2 percent decrease in property taxes will be a welcome reprieve for residents, but we really commend the commissioners for their progressive outlook.

    Recognizing the commercial growth that is coming their way, the commission realized the windfall in taxes they were about to receive. And instead of instantly looking to see where that money would best be spent they took a minute to see how it could best be used.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Posted garbage rates a nice start

    Bless their hearts, but Shelby County Fiscal Court is trying.
    Those magistrates want to do the right thing and provide garbage service and recycling for you, and even if they couldn’t get together and head off a way to keep your money from being thrown away on a $3.2 million trash mahal, they feel like they have to do something.

  • WE SUPPORT: National Sunshine Week

    Sunday kicked off Sunshine Week, and no that wasn’t a cruel twist of fate played by Mother Nature.

    This Sunshine Week has less to do with the impending first day of Spring – which is Thursday, by the way – and more to do with keeping the sunshine in your life.

    Started by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors and later adopted by the American Society of news Editors, Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote the importance of open government and freedom of information.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Mall's name must be 'success'

    ere you as surprised as we were late on Friday afternoon when the company building the outlet mall in Simpsonville announced that it would be changing the name of the facility yet again?

    Citing suggestions taken from Kentucky residents, officials of Horizon Group Properties determined that The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass would be a more appropriate mall moniker.

    We really can’t complain about that name, because we always have felt a bit slighted that our county was going to lose ownership so that the mall could connect with Louisville’s brand.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Bobby Hudson's contributions to Shelby County.

    Those who endorse Bobby Hudson for lifetime achievement awards – and there are many of both endorsers and awards – always say the same thing:

    He built so much of Shelby County.

    Mr. Hudson, the chief executive officers of the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation, may never have lifted a board or driven a nail climbed a ladder with a load of shingles, but when it comes to foundations, he has helped to pour more than a few.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Survival of JHS is really good news

    The diagnosis last week for the financial problems besetting KentuckyOne Health was at first scary and then a great relief.

    Much like a patient whose X-ray shows a big problem to be benign, KentuckyOne, parent company of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, said it would do surgery but that the patient should survive – at least for the foreseeable future.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: The sun’s arrival to help with roads

    There was no more welcome sight that emerged on Monday than the sun that rose into a cold, windy sky and started to melt some of that white, icy stuff off our roads.

    We were beginning to think those roads never would be clear after the latest winter storm. We know our road crews are overextended and fatigued from a winter of continuous climatalogical discontent and that the supply of salt and the opportunity to brine were insufficient for the onslaught of Winter Storm Titan.