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Editorials

  • What we think: Anonymous caller deserves our scorn

    Sophia Sanchez had one of those ideas that we love to praise.
    Ms. Sanchez, a student at Collins High School, decided that as a service project for her JROTC unit that she would set up boxes at each of the polling precincts on Primary Election Day so that voters could donate needed goods to the Shelby County Animal Shelter.

  • MY WORD: Gun argument is not well-founded

    Recently a lawyer from the firm Neal & Davis wrote a few short paragraphs “About gun laws,” April 18) ranting about thanking the NRA for a Florida homicide being the "result" of a "stand your ground" law.

  • What we think: Outlet mall plan will test us all

    The chorus of public debate about the proposed outlet mall in Simpsonville is just getting warmed up for what promises to be a full-blown, 3-act opera, and we hope to avoid a tragic aria at the end.

    Anytime something large and new is projected to be positioned in an area that previously has been a pristine barrier of nature for residents and property owners, there almost always is an immediate cry that such a change would be a bad thing for those vested in an area.

  • We congratulate: An inspiring idea to help others

    We see selfless acts frequently in Shelby County, but none has inspired us more profoundly than when we heard about the efforts of 12-year-old Jessica Carter.

    Maybe you saw the story about Jessica, a student at West Middle School. In 2009, after watching the movie The Blind Side and hearing the reaction of previously vagabond Michael Oher when he was presented with his very own bed, she was struck that there were other kids like Mr. Oher who didn’t have a place to sleep.

  • What we think: I-64 ramp’s survival deserves thanks

    Shelby County Magistrate Tony Carriss calls the eastbound merge lane from KY 55 onto Interstate 64 “the most dangerous transportation issue in our county.”

    And now, in the very near future, this dangerously short strip of asphalt will receive a new and presumably safer design as part of the new state roads budget.

    We had hoped this was coming, that the General Assembly would follow through on the hard work by state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville), state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) and retired state Sen. Gary Tapp before them.

  • We congratulate: Settlement in Saddlebred spat

    We’re glad the American Saddlebred Horse Association and its members have settled their very public and divisive spat, one that threatened the stability of one of our key industries and its showplace facility at the Kentucky Horse Park.

    Though we had read the position papers and the court findings, we really never understood why there was a spat in the first place.

  • MY WORD: Let's turn a loss to learning: The Trey Williams Scholarship

    Just last week I had a local high school senior tell me how some students – black, white and Hispanic – were angry and dangerous. She said they believed the late Trey Williams had been killed by police officers because he was black. She said the high school administrators were puzzled by the escalation of tensions and misbehaviors. This young woman, teenager of one of our leading families, said adults needed to address the situation or “something bad is going to happen.”

  • What we think: SCPS has good chance to diversify

    Shelby County Public Schools is facing a rather rare opportunity that has emerged at even a rarer time – a situation so unique that school officials should find it compulsory to use the situation to its best advantage.

    We speak of the five openings for principals – at Collins High School, East Middle and three elementary schools – that must be filled before the next school year, nearly half the principals employed by the district.

  • What we think: Ethington case out of sequence

    Is it us, or do you, too, feel like the owners of Ethington Auto Sales have been sent to prison before they ever have faced a jury?

    Donnie Ethington and William Ledford, owners of the auto dealership in Shelbyville, saw their license to operate rescinded by the Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission because of the ongoing criminal investigation into the way they have managed their dealership.

    Mr. Ethington and Mr. Ledford were able to keep open their doors past Sunday by filing an appeal with the Franklin County Circuit Court, their sole recourse at their option.

  • What we think: We have a generally worthless assembly

    Are you as sick as we are about these games that are played in Frankfort?

    Are you sick of politics overpowering decision-making? Are you with us and think the name of our legislative branch should be changed to the “Generally Worthless Assembly?”

    Because that’s what we have had for the past two months: a pretty – and petty – worthless assembly of lawmakers who could not do their jobs because they were being wagged by the political dogs.