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Today's Opinions

  • We congratulate: Fiscal Court for keeping its promise

    The final words of rejection and consolation barely had been spoken in the county’s pursuit of Harley-Davidson when Shelby County Fiscal Court proved that it could squeeze some lemonade out of that batch of lemons.

    The court went into special session Monday morning and rescinded its request for a zoning change on acreage near the Shelby County Industrial Park.

  • Songs of the season, Shelby style: Just hum along

    With Christmas season on full furry-red-suit fury, our radio airwaves are full of the carols, melodies and parodies that brighten our days and help us carry holiday themes all year round.

    Starting on Thanksgiving, they’re there, 24/7, at any of a number of spots on the dial, varying versions and spectacular spoofs along with just the first-sung hymns of the holidays.

  • What we think: Courtship of Harley itself was a victory

    For nearly a week now Shelby County’s leaders most likely have been feeling like the loser on a romantic reality show or – worse – a jilted groom left at the altar.

    They had put forward their best effort and wooed long and hard to win the hand of the lovely Harley-Davidson only to see that she couldn’t go through with the marriage.

    She loved the proposal – she loved us – but the move to Kentucky was just too much for her.

  • What we think: Strong DUI report sets standard for drugs

    If you believe that statistics don’t lie – and even the most circumspect among us surely do to some extent – then you have to be amazed at the recent report on Shelby County’s efficiency in disposing of DUI cases.

    That better than 92 percent of those charged were convicted during a 4-year period is a significant statement both to those who consider driving after drinking and for those who make sure such drivers are caught when they do.

  • Thanksgiving is tradition of much more than turkey and football

    Thanksgiving is our truest and most intrinsic holiday, with a simple, shared message created from the pioneer spirit and carried forward by loyal generations: to join hands,   share a meal and say thanks for each other and all our blessings.

    The pilgrims and the Native Americans got it right in the first place, and with its position after Halloween and before Christmas, Thanksgiving has been allowed to be wonderfully obscured and its noble mission preserved without the clutter and clatter of c

  • It’s time for Thanksgiving, by George

    Asked to write a composition entitled "What I'm thankful for on Thanksgiving,” 7-year-old Timmy wrote, "I’m thankful that I’m not a turkey!"

  • We congratulate: The progress (?) on health care

    You may not like what you read, and you may be, like us, getting tired of the rhetoric, but surely you see this as a time to congratulate our congressional leaders for finally doing something that needs drastically to be done: overhaul our health-care system.

    We are a couple of miles from the finish line, it would seem, but the tape on what has been a decades-long run is in sight.

  • 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.