• WHAT WE THINK: Industrial hemp is growing quickly

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said last week that he expects farmers in the state to be producing industrial hemp by next spring.

    My, has that economic engine turned quickly and driven this machine, which would provide a new, indigenous cash crop for our state, to market with very little delay.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Health-care reform needs your attention

    The Affordable Care Act – love it, hate it or don’t know much about it – will become part of our world and our lives next month.

    The adoption of national health-care reform, an effort to provide medical insurance to Americans who can’t afford it or don’t have access to it and to ensure that coverage is not denied to others because of age or pre-existing conditions, is not embraced by everyone, we understand.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Today we celebrate our first responders

    Every year when the calendar strikes Sept. 11, the memories of that awful day 12 years ago come blasting back to the forefront of our consciousness.

    There is nothing that can change the images of airplanes flying into skyscrapers and the Pentagon or the understanding that evil forces wanted to destroy Americans and upset our way of life. It was indescribably horrible and unfathomably confounding. Why would citizens of another country want to sacrifice their lives to create terror and panic?

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Shelby County's many winners at state fair

    Wow, have you looked through the hundreds upon hundreds of winners from Shelby County who brought home ribbons from the Kentucky State Fair?

    A list culled from those posted by fair organizers is so voluminous that it takes several editions and pages of the newspapers just to provide the basic info. That process continues this week and into next as the names roll and roll.

    Grand champions, sweepstakes winners, reserve champions and enough ribbons to cover all the walls of a large room were handed out.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Shelby's control of Senate seat is in jeopardy

    We are trusting that the maddeningly long and purposefully political process of realigning our state’s legislative and judicial districts truly is complete. Our leaders say it is. But they said so in 2011, as well, when they were supposed to have this done in the first place.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Flat tax rate not permanent solution for Shelby County schools

    Wen we learned last week that Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof planned to ask the school board to approve a .5 of a cent compensating rate on tax increases, our first reaction was that this was an astounding accomplishment in this day of expanding educational needs and contracting resources.

  • WHAT WE THINK: It's time to end pageants for kids

    The brouhaha that came to light last week about a pageant contestant from Shelby County who was disqualified from competing for the state Little Miss title because she was too old is a sad moment for an innocent little girl. We feel sorry for her and wish that she not have experienced that disappointment. It’s a sad moment from society when a clerical error by an adult – although no one will take responsibility for that mistake – can take away a child’s beautiful smile.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: CUB's emergence from examination

    We were pleased to read that Citizens Union Bank has emerged from the oversight of state banking examiners and has steadied its course for the future.

    CUB this year is marking 125 years as part of Shelby County, and we certainly think this good news adds candles to that celebratory cake.

    The volatile real estate market of a few years ago and the aggressive investment in Shelby County by a hometown bank came together to create some dicey days for CUB. We, too, were saddened that bank examination became part of the process of sorting out those problems.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Railroads have too much power

    A communications gap last week among employees of Norfolk Southern Railroad that frustrated residents and officials in Shelby County was testament to a much larger problem than some blocked crossings that railroaded commuters on the first day of the school year.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Mall road trip by Simpsonville officials

    The decision by Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden and City Administrator David Eaton to take a road trip to Metro Atlanta to check out Horizon Group Properties’ recently opened outlet mall is a smart and responsible concept.

    Mr. Eden and Mr. Eaton seek to learn from the leadership of Woodstock, Ga., and the managers of Outlet Shoppes At Atlanta about how the grand opening last month evolved for all concerned and what they might anticipate for a similar event next year at the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville in south Simpsonville.