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Today's Opinions

  • EARLIER: What we think: Zone change for Harley is a victory in process

    The walkover victory and rubberstamp approval Thursday night by Triple S Planning & Zoning for the property that may one day be a home for Harley-Davidson’s largest motorcycle factory was a wonderful moment in Shelby County’s development.

    That unanimous approval by the commission and the absence of acrimony from the public sent a loud, clear and distinct message to the leaders of that corporation: We are behind this bid 100 percent.

  • It’s a good bet not to follow my lead at the race track

    So my wife and I spent an afternoon at Churchill Downs last Friday. Nice, breezy fall day, small crowd, lots of elbow space, and it was my wife’s first visit to the cathedral of horse racing.

  • My Word: Let me help clarify student-loan issue

    I recently read an opinion piece by college student Austin Redmon (“Let’s send the money directly to the students,” Nov. 11) regarding my stance on H.R. 3221. I always appreciate hearing from constituents and knowing they are taking an interest in their government. However, some of Mr. Redmon’s facts were inaccurate.

  • We congratulate: A man who fixed a problem he saw

    It’s easy for citizens to see holes in the community. It’s simple to make suggestions, call for assistance and, more likely, point fingers. Not so many do the harder thing: to plug that obvious hole. But one man saw a hole and did his best to plug it, and for that we commend the work of Rev. Lee Bean, the minister at Dover Baptist Church. Rev.

  • You can’t beat a ‘dead horse,’ but one can beat you

    I heard a story about a young man in Montana who bought a horse from a farmer for $100. The farmer agreed to deliver the horse the next day. However, the next day the farmer drove up and said, "Sorry son, but I have some bad news.  The horse I sold you died." 

    The young man replied, "Well, then just give me my money back."

  • EARLIER: What we think: A note to Harley: You'll love us

    An open letter to the board members of the Harley-Davidson Company:

    We were sure happy last week to read that you were thinking even more seriously of moving your big production plant from Pennsylvania to here.

    Heck, a couple of us have been to York, and although it’s not a bad place, we don’t think it compares with our bluegrass-covered paradise.

  • EARLIER: What we think: Fiscal Court has made a bold bid for Harley

    Though the minutes of its meeting will not mention the name Harley-Davidson, Shelby County Fiscal Court’s vote Tuesday morning may well have been the most  significant card the county could play in its bid to lure Harley-Davidson’s plant from southern Pennsylvania.

    By voting to introduce a zoning change on two large parcels of land that would be appropriately positioned for such an industry, Fiscal Court has confronted what is likely the most sensitive aspect of this project with unprecedented boldness.

  • EARLIER: My Word: Let's send the money directly to the students

    I recently read Rep. Brett Guthrie’s explanation for voting against the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, and I was very surprised by his statement that he feared it would be “a government takeover of the student loan industry,” The main crux of this piece of legislation was to end the subsidies to private student loan companies and send that money directly to the students.