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Editorials

  • WHAT WE THINK: Questions about water tower collapse need to be answered

    We were stunned earlier this month at the news that the Public Service Commission was further investigating whether or not U.S. 60 Water, which is managed by North Shelby Water, properly heeded warnings about the condition of a water tank in Waddy.

    When the tank collapsed last August, it amazingly left no one injured, but the 177,000 gallons of spilled water left a devastating path of destruction that included building on the site of Waddy Baptist Church.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: A smooth transition for better service

     

    Almost one year ago today we were questioning the Shelbyville City Council on their slow adoption of a citywide garbage ordinance.

    We wondered what was taking so long and why decisions seemed to be stalled when cities and counties all around us had adopted franchise agreements years ago.

    But now, as we look back on the results, we see a city that has transitioned smoothly into a new stage.

  • WHAT WE THINK: We should not waste these opportunities

    On Monday, gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin stopped in Shelbyville for a meet-and-greet session at the Bell House on Main Street.
    However, very few people came out to either meet or greet Mr. Bevin, in this his second Shelbyville stop in the campaign season.
    With several Republican candidates for governor set to battle in the primary in May, voters are doing themselves a disservice by not attending these meetings – and that includes Democrats, as well.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Our flood heroes

    As epic rains pounded Shelby County on Friday and caused flooding on city and county streets and throughout basements and crawl spaces, a few brave people were on the prowl looking to help.

    Our local firefighters, police and emergency responders were not tucked up on the couch reading a book or watching TV, instead they were out in the rain saving lives and helping some that had made poor decisions.

    On three different occasions, first responders used boats or walked out to those stuck in cars that had tried to cross large pools of standing water.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Indiana’s mistake can be our gain

    The state of Indiana is in scramble mode.

    As thousands and thousands of fans descend on Indianapolis for the NCAA Final Four this week, instead of focusing on the Hoosier state’s long love affair with the round ball, they will be greeted by a few thousand more protesters.

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has spent the past few days trying to clarify the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act that many have said allows discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: The real home to college basketball

    Most pundits will tell you the greatest rivalry in college sports rests on Tobacco Road with Blue Devils and Tar Heels or in deep down south with War Eagles and a Crimson Tide or maybe even a bit farther north between Buckeyes and Wolverines, but those are just the misinformed.

    They haven’t seen the real rivalry in action, they haven’t lived Red and Blue.

    The Universities of Kentucky and Louisville feature a rivalry so deep and so engrained, that it far transcends those others.

  • 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.