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Editorials

  • What we think: We have made good progress on a few issues

    Here is our annual report card for the community, when we evaluate our performance against the goals and objectives we listed last January.

    We have undertaken this process since 2009, and we believe that it is the newspaper’s goal to establish goals and lead the focus and discussion on issues that are of primary importance to all of us.

    As we look back at 2012, at an agenda that was modest by most standards, we can grade our county with an A in several important categories, but we are more unsettled by how many Incompletes we must hand out.

  • What we think: We must ensure our students are safe

    As we have sat and watched our worst nightmare emerge as reality in Newtown, Conn., we are left with only one question that truly matters now:

    Are our students safe?

    When we put on their coats to protect them from the weather, when we place them in vehicles built for safety, when they are delivered into the buildings where they will spend their days, are they truly protected?
    Before Friday, isn’t that a part of life we took for granted? The safest place for a child would be his or her home. Next on that list would be their schools. Right?

  • We congratulate: New grant to help schools

    Thanks to some smart work by Leon Mooneyhan and the folks at the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, Shelby County students are about to have a chance to be a bit smarter themselves.

    Mr. Mooneyhan and OVEC partnered with the Green river Regional Educational Cooperative to earn $40 million in federal Race to the Top grants for 23 school districts.

    That’s a wonderful accomplishment in a state that had missed out entirely on earning a piece of one of those grants in 2011. The cooperatives’ cooperation worked well.

  • What we think: Outlet mall critics deserve attention

    We as a community are down to the last Christmas seals of approval for the proposed outlet malls for Simpsonville.

    Next Wednesday the Simpsonville City Commission will consider on second reading of an ordinance that signs off on zone changes and site plans submitted by Trio Property and Paragon Outlet Properties, which have partnered on the 64-acre parcel south of Interstate 64 and east of Buck Creek Road.

  • We congratulate: A Christmas gift for Vietnam veterans

    We only can be ashamed that this took so long, but the inclusion in the Shelbyville Christmas parade of a group of former Vietnam War veterans was a wonderful holiday gift for these men and for our community.

    The concept of the parade ride, coordinated by Janie James at Shelbyville VFW Post 1179, means that these veterans finally received a public thank you for the sacrifices they endured to serve in the jungles of Vietnam.

  • What we think: We are shocked by this inequity

    The absurd incongruity of the state’s application of shock probation has added a new twist of the sword of inequity, a new and ugly demonstration of why the law must be rewritten, redefined or – best of option of all – repealed.

    Exhibit 1: Tonya Nicole Brown delivers a baby in a restroom of a restaurant in Shelby County, puts that living baby into plastic bags and shoves them into a trash receptacle, gets back into her vehicle and drives home to Lexington.

  • We congratulate: This year’s great Christmas parade

    Everyone loves a parade, and the Shelbyville Christmas parade on Saturday was certainly lovable.

    Those lining Main Street in spring-like weather certainly seemed thrilled with a long and colorful processional that helped Shelby County greet the holiday season.

    We like that so many groups put together floats, marched or walked or simply just rode along the roughly 2-mile course. We even applaud that members of Shelby County Fiscal Court, Shelbyville City Council and Simpsonville City Commission saved public money by sharing a “float” in the parade.

  • What we think: Breeden murder case provides an education

    The case involving Susan King and the murder of Kyle “Deanie” Breeden of Shelbyville continues to produce new briefs and chapters that introduce many questions and educate us at each stop through the legal system.

    As you may recall, Ms. King last summer had appealed to the courts to grant her a new trial based on new evidence but was turned down by Circuit Judge Charles Hickman because, as he wrote in his opinion, there had been no trial in the first place.

  • We congratulate: The state finalist Collins Titans

    A football team from Shelby County once again is playing for a state championship.

    It has been a long time between drinks of water, so to speak, for football teams from Shelby County, but what a great moment this is for Collins High School, in its third year, to be playing venerable Fort Thomas Highlands for a championship on Friday night in Bowling Green.

  • What we think: Justice report agrees that constables must go

    A study completed last week by state Department of Criminal Justice has come to a conclusion we addressed two years ago: We no longer need constables as part of the law enforcement structure.

    We agreed in 2010 when Shelby County Magistrate Michael Riggs, a former member of the law enforcement community, raised the question to Shelby County Fiscal Court about these elected members of the police community, and we encouraged Mr. Riggs and his fellow magistrates to move toward eliminating these positions.