• WHAT WE THINK: How to spend your tax dollars more effectively

    A few weeks ago we examined piece by piece the structure of taxing districts in Shelby County. We endeavored to explain to you how, why and when your tax dollars are being collected and being spent.

    We looked at 16 taxing districts that draw dollars from residents of Shelby County. At least four of them – all fire districts – aren’t based in the county but remain subsidized by you.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Shelby County should take this opportunity to go 'wet'

    Shelby County and Shelbyville are in the process of addressing state-mandated changes in their liquor sales ordinances. The Shelbyville City Council had a special called meeting on Tuesday afternoon to have a first reading on its changes, and in August Shelby County Fiscal Court hired an outside firm to help wade through what Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger termed as “substantial study and consideration.”

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Collins’ return to title game

    Collins High School is returning to the Class AAAA Kentucky football championship game, and we heartily commend the Titans for that accomplishment.

    Never to our knowledge has any athletic team from the county competed for back-to-back titles. Shelby County’s girls’ golf team certainly has contended in an open tournament, and Caterina and Gabby Karas have brought great individual honor by winning four consecutive state cross-country titles for Collins.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Foundation needs to tweak its program

    For decades the Shelby County Community Foundation, carrying on and expanding on a tradition established by the generosity of a lone man, Moses Ruben, has provided non-profit funding – often life-sustaining dollars – to non-profits across Shelby County.

    We couldn’t be more pleased with the group’s efforts to generate endowments, provide funds and then underwrite the existence of so many who do so much with so little. We heartily applaud the foundation’s goals.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Jackson’s efforts for Thanksgiving

    Brenda Jackson has made many contributions to Shelby County, and she has won honors – including the state's Rev. Martin Luther King Citizenship Award earlier this year – for those efforts, which have included nearly a quarter of a century on the Shelby County Board of Education.

    We were not surprised, then, to learn that Ms. Jackson had played a significant role in expanding our community’s efforts to provide a Thanksgiving meal to those who weren’t in position to have one.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Shelby's college report is encouraging

    The recent Kentucky High School Feedback Report appears to show that educators in Shelby County are doing something right.

    Certainly we were encouraged to see that our graduates are outpacing the state in attending college, and we were overwhelmed to understand that more than twice as many of them actually are sticking around for a second year and hopefully beyond.

    The most recent data, for the 2011-12 school year, wasn’t broken down between our two high schools, but about 270 of the 429 students from the county who graduated went on to college.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Honoring of Kerry Magan

    You don’t find many important public meetings when Kerry Magan doesn’t show up.

    Whether it’s a land usage plan before the Triple S Planning Commission, a zoning decision by a legislative body, the development of a new trash and recycling center, a historical matter or even simply a humanitarian matter involving a local resident, Mr. Magan is both omnipresent and omni-involved.

  • WHAT WE THINK: It only would be fair to vote on Fairness Ordinance

    Fairness has a unique definition to all who profess to embrace its precepts. Some of us take fairness for granted – thinking every situation is or at least should be fair to every individual – and others simply fight for expanding its meaning from a posture of both perceived and endured injustice and social awakening.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Our very fast Shelby County runners

    What a great bragging point for all of us: Kentucky’s fastest runners in high school cross country come from Shelby County.

    We were not surprised that Gabriela Karas sprinted off with her third consecutive Class AA title during the meet Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Neither were we in the least stunned that she did so by breaking her 5-kilometer course record – 17 minutes, 39.04 seconds – and beating her nearest rival by nearly a minute.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Veterans deserve more than a day

    There are not enough ways to say thank you to the veterans who have served our country and continue to serve. Veterans Day, to be celebrated on Monday, gives us a chance to create ceremony for this purpose, but we don’t think it ever could be enough.

    Set aside the long-term commitment to preserving our life, liberty and freedom. Set aside our veterans’ efforts to rid the world of danger and nuisance. Set aside the overall public safety of the United States.