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Editorials

  • WHAT WE THINK: We need to know how we failed drowned girl?

    We have spent more than a week now questioning how a 15-year-old girl who by all outward indications had friends, attended school and had relationships and some semblance of a family ends up drowned in a remote, industrial area of Clear Creek on a warm spring morning.

    Such a tragedy is not a normal part of life in Shelby County – if anywhere – and there are important questions that must be asked until we understand how Jackleen Lane, 15, walked away from her life and breathed her final, perhaps troubled breaths.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: A pretty Fair event this year

    The conclusion of the Shelby County Fair is a sad day for fair fans and a happy day for organizers, who devote countless hours and immeasurable amounts of blood, sweat and tears to producing the show each year. For the first time in weeks, they can go about their regular lives and maybe even get a little rest.

    This event is such an iconic element of Shelby County, a celebration of its history and its residents, and we appreciate those who give so much to benefit so many.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: A performer on main stage

    There have been many athletes from Shelby County who have performed on big stages – some have played for major championships in the collegiate ranks – but it is arguable that no one had earned a chance to perform in perhaps the most important event his sport conducts.

    But there was Brandon Brown of Shelbyville teeing up his golf ball on Thursday and Friday in the United States Open Golf Championship, the biggest tournament in the sport.

  • WHAT WE THINK: These buildings must come down

    We are beginning to feel almost as bad for the folks from CVS who are building a new pharmacy in Shelbyville as we do for every member of our community and certainly any visitors who pass by its location at the corner of U.S. 60 and KY 55.

    That’s because right there next to this fast-moving new commercial property remains the decaying, depressing and long-condemned bricks and mortar that once were the Wesley Apartments.

  • Getting a thrill from strawberry hill

    After stepping from the shower on Saturday evening, I was greeted by a house full of smoke.

    The windows were open, a fan was blowing, the door between the kitchen and living room was closed, and I was stunned that I wasn’t being roused by the overbearing blare of a smoke alarm. Or maybe that was a bad sign.

    Should I call 9-1-1? Was everyone OK? Where were the flames? What had blown up?

    Well, no and nothing.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Shelby County's outlet mall needs to succeed

    The spats and the horror now can be put behind us, and it’s time for all of us to unite and focus on the next big thing in our community:
    An outlet mall is being built in Simpsonville.

    That’s not news, we realize – certainly not to those homeowners who will live in proximity to this 374,000-square-foot enterprise – but the truth of the matter is that the opening next year of the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville creates an important milestone in the evolution of our Shelby County.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Duanne Puckett on her well-earned retirement

    Duanne Puckett may have retired last week from her role in publicizing Shelby County Public Schools – sort of her second retirement after leaving the leadership position of this newspaper in 1998 – but she won’t be retiring from the role of a lifetime.

    That’s because Ms. Puckett, for all her accomplishments – she is a member of the University of Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, among dozens of other stellar achievements – is a role model.

  • WHAT WE THINK: This teen has good example for adults

    We have a new hero, and he’s only a junior at Collins High School. His legend wasn’t built on a playing field or stage, like so many of his classmates, but he certainly is a star in our minds.

    That’s because we think he sets a refreshing example of how adults in positions of authority should handle themselves in moments of public scrutiny.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: We congratulate Shelby’s efforts in great Crusade

    Another WHAS Crusade for Children has come and gone – 60 of them now – and the generosity of Shelby Countians contributed significantly to the more than $6 million collected this year.

    Most of that comes, of course, from fire departments around the county who open their arms and set their clocks by the collection schedule for this annual telethon to help disabled and underserved children.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Board deserves an “F” for forgot

    Sometimes mathematical problems can be a bit complex, and we have observed that the members of the Shelby County School Board have found a few equations they can’t quite solve. Certainly, there are several variables in each, but there’s an operation or algorithm that apparently is quite difficult to decipher.