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Editorials

  • WHAT WE THINK: It’s time to update our voting sites

    As we cast our votes and watched voters fill voting precincts – well, at least the few that turned out Tuesday – we couldn’t help but notice how many locations were placed in schools.

    According to Kentucky Revised Statute, school cannot be in session if a school is used as polling precinct.

    We understand that schools cannot have voters wandering the halls and common areas while in session. The safety issues for students would be a logistical nightmare.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: The few, the proud, the ones that voted

    Each year we get more and more excited by the opportunity placed in front of us to be a part of the system that appoints our local, statewide and national leaders.

    Then each year we get more and more disappointed by the apathetic approach communities across the country take in electing leaders.

    While our Primary Election on Tuesday was a small one, we fail to understand why all registered Democrats and Republicans are not out voting.

    But to those of you that voted, which was expected to be about 20 percent of registered voters, we say kudos!

  • WHAT WE THINK: Do bus drivers need more training?

    Based on the number of phone calls we have received, we’re not the only ones upset that Shelby County Public Schools did not seem to do more to punish Garnetta Stivers, the bus driver that allowed two students to walk home the morning of May 5.

    Several parents called our offices asking why more wasn’t done and how this happened.

    Our simple answer – We don’t know.

  • WE SUPPORT: The idea to make the county wet

    All it took was bringing in a distillery that immediately left, but we believe our county officials are truly ready to get the ball rolling to make our county wet. And to that we say thank you.

    Too many businesses have come in and requested annexation into Shelbyville simply so they could sell packaged alcohol.

    We are not opposed to property owners having the ability to be annexed into the city, but something as simple and silly as the ability to offer sell packaged drinks doesn’t seem like a good enough reason to us.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Voting with silence or waiting for action

    Fred Moffatt opened some eyes on Thursday.

    At least, we are sure some Shelbyville City Council members were somewhat shocked to hear what he had to say.

    A Baptist minister, Moffatt spoke to the council in favor of a Fairness Ordinance, and his message should ring loud and clear.

    But it continues to fall on deaf ears, as the council again declined to respond in any way to someone speaking on a Fairness Ordinance.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: California Chrome shines on biggest stage

    Saturday’s 140th running of the Kentucky Derby was far from the most exciting two minutes in sports.

    California Chrome navigated the mile-and-one-quarter in a ho-hum fashion, even being held up by his jockey, Victor Espinoza, early in the race.

    But California Chrome put on a stretch run that we won’t forget anytime soon.

    Although he didn’t lead wire-to-wire, California Chrome had a trip that could not have been easier. No one tried to squeeze, no one tried to cut him off or bump him.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Pipeline won’t be missed

    Amid breaking news Monday that included suspects in an unusual murder case in Nelson County and Toyota pulling 1,500 jobs out of Northern Kentucky came the announcement that the Bluegrass Pipeline was ceasing work.

    We must say this came as a big surprise to us. Although Shelby County was on the extreme edge of the 180-mile route, we were interested in how the pipeline would take its Natural Gas Liquids from Pennsylvania through 180 miles of our commonwealth on its way to the Gulf.

    But now it appears that the project is dead, at least for the time being.

  • 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.