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Editorials

  • WHAT WE THINK: Flooded creeks are more dangerous than they seem

    It seems so simple.

    When water reaches out of the banks of a river, stream, creek or even a drainage ditch, we should stay out of it.

    Especially when it’s coming down, as they say, sideways, leaving every piece of ground saturated and every rivulet looking like the mighty Mississippi.

    But here were are again, as biblical storms threaten to fill Ohio Valley, we still have people trying to drive across flooded roads and bridges.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: An unbreakable bond and a unique friendship

     

    University of Kentucky Junior All-American Willie Cauley-Stein often left us speechless on the court.

    At 7-feet tall he could glide across the floor with the quickness of men 2-feet shorter. His amazing athletic ability allowed him to soar above helpless defenders for rebounds and his rim-rattling dunks left chins dropped in awe.

    But on Thursday, Cauley-Stein left another indelible mark on us.

  • WHAT WE THINK: A win for love and a win for rights

    On Friday the Supreme Court put an end to discussion of marriage in the eyes of the law.

    With a 5-4 ruling, the Court reversed a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that had upheld same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee.

    Now, as a nation instead of selected states, we can finally drop this silliness of referring to same-sex marriages and just say marriage.

    We understand why some do not agree with the decision, but for legal reasons we needed to have a change.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: JHS efforts on annual Men’s Health Fair

    More than two hundred likely strong-willed men turned out Saturday to make sure they remained healthy, and for that we thank Jewish Hospital Shelbyville and their co-sponsors and volunteers for their efforts.

    Providing an efficient, free set up for those in the community that either struggle with health care costs or health issues is a noble cause, and one that JHS is uniquely equipped to handle.

  • WHAT WE THINK: While cities expand tax rates are shrinking

    If it feels like your pockets are starting to fill back up a little, it’s easy to see why.

    As a whole Shelby County is thriving right now, and as Ronald Reagan would say, it’s trickling down.

    Not to say that our economic improvements have started solely at the top and worked their way down, that’s not exactly true.

    While lower gas prices will show you the most immediate gains, we need to look no futher than our own governments for a nice little boost.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Simpsonville, state for effort to get light at Todds Point

    While it was reportedly approved months ago, pardon us if we were cautiously optimistic about the state approving a stoplight for Todds Point Road and U.S. 60 in Simpsonville.

    But now, with an end in sight at the end of this month, we are pleased to see that with the downtown streetscape renovations in Simpsonville we will also see a safer passage for cars turning onto U.S. 60 and pedestrians traversing those new sidewalks in the area.

  • WHAT WE THINK: We hope other police agencies can follow Simpsonville

    Our county’s smallest police department is leading the way in safety.

    For more than a year now the Simpsonville Police Department has outfitted its officers with body cameras, providing a safety measure that not only helps protect the public, but the officers, as well.

    While they do come with a bit of a Big-Brother-is-watching feeling, having each interaction with an officer recorded is something that should make us all feel safer – on both sides of the badge.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Another fantastic fair

    Despite a rain-filled week, fairgoers were treated to another fun-filled Shelby County Fair.

    The conclusion of the 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.

  • WHAT WE THINK: It's time to repair our sidewalks

    The city of Shelbyville has reissued its ultimatums on sidewalk repair, although for a much smaller, and wiser we think, area to begin with.

    At last week’s meeting, the council heard in a report from City Engineer/Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell that her department was back out identifying sidewalks that need to be repaired on Henry Clay Street, the area in most need of repair.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: The life of Blake Hundley

    On May 15 our community lost one of its most inspiring voices.

    Just 9-years-old, Blake Hundley had touched more lives than most of us much, much older.

    Diagnosed with brain cancer when he was only 6, Hundley stood strong and proudly defeated the disease … twice, even getting back on the field with his youth baseball team for a time.

    We all watched, admired and learned as someone so young fought with the guile of a much older person.

    Hundley showed us all that we can continue to strive and to live with faith in others as we battle.