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Editorials

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Distillery plan came together quickly, worked

    We could not be happier that the Netherys, longtime Shelby County residents, have received state incentives and are planning to open the first distillery in Shelby County, at least the first legal distillery.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court, Triple S Planning Commission and all of those working behind the scenes should be commended for identifying, responding to and solving an issue quickly and efficiently.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Maybe we just don’t understand

    We’ve been back and forth on the curbside garbage issue for what seems like a decade. We’ve talked about it, you’ve talked about it and your elected officials have talked about it, but we continue to wait and nothing is getting done.

    Really, though, the whole thing is pretty simple: Can government provide a better service than what residents have now?

    Not just cheaper – although that’s a big, big part of it – but better for everyone.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Our Earth Day celebration

    Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation’s Earth Day celebration is quickly becoming a highlight for the year.

    Even on Easter weekend, a large crowd turned out to investigate some of nature’s wonders and learn about conservation and recycling.

  • 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: Is it time to revisit a local smoking ban?

    As CVS drugstores move to remove cigarettes from their shelves this fall, we think it’s time for our city and county officials to start thinking the same way.

    CVS officials cited a moral responsibility for making the change.

    “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS pharmacy is the right thing to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health,” said Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: The Cats and the Cards

    Does the NCAA have an axe to grind with the state of Kentucky? It sure looks that way.

    Not only were our beloved Cardinals and Wildcats relegated to much lower seeds than they both deserved, but now the NCAA has decided to ruin a week of productivity in offices from Paducah to Pikeville – as the coach wearing the blue tie might say.

    The two now will meet in the Sweet 16 late Friday night in Indianapolis, the second time in three years they’ve met in the NCAA tournament.

    We’re not sure our hearts can handle it.

  • 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.