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Editorials

  • WHAT WE THINK: It’s time to find a better way for charities to collect money

    Like the inevitability of the flowers blooming each spring, we await the annual gauntlet of driving through our town’s streets.

    Each year as the weather warms we’re inundated with charities lining up at stoplights, buckets in hand and crazy hats on their heads, seeking donations from drivers.

    It’s not that we mind giving to charity or even traffic slowing down as most cars proceed with caution around those seeking donations for their charity. Although we do question if this is the best way to collect money.

  • We congratulate: New distillery, county’s efforts

    When Diageo announced its intention to open a full scale, large operation distillery in Shelby County we were both pleased and a bit surprised.

    While officials had commented that large distilleries were looking at the area, we were starting to think that it might never happen.

  • What we think: Changes to the fair are a welcome addition

    At first glance we were surprised to see the changes to this year’s Shelby County Fair.

    Shortening the time the midway and its rides are open seemed questionable.

    But after thinking about it for a while, we understand the changes.

    While nothing beats a corndog, funnel cake and fresh squeezed lemonade from the fair, we have noticed attendance waning on several nights over the last few years, especially the weeknights.

  • We congratulate: Our graduates on a job well done

    We could not be happier for our county’s nearly 500 graduates.

    They’ve been told that the best is yet to come, but like many things you’ve heard from your parents and those older it’s difficult to comprehend.

    They see the freedom and the potential as they move into a life of work or college, but they don’t see the failures that are sure to come.

    We can offer them wisdom and guidance, but those failures will be key as they learn who they want to be and how they want to contribute to society.

  • 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.