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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: Fiscal Court got it right

     After years of debate and numerous votes, Shelby County Fiscal Court finally has done the right thing.

  • I’ve already made up my mind (don’t confuse me with the facts)

    As a follow-up to my last two columns (which in spite of what some apparently thought, were not primarily about puppies), I’d like to direct your attention again to the idea of truth.

    Perhaps you have heard someone say, or have even said yourself, “Well, that may be true for you, but it isn’t true for me.”  I have never been able to wrap my mind around that sentiment.

    You see, truth—by definition—is not subjective.  Truth is the way things really are; it is what corresponds to actual reality.

  • Tobacco seems to have been stripped of its once great power over us

     

    So the controversial tobacco tax sailed through the General Assembly the other day, landing as quietly as a feather on a still pond.

    The governor had suggested this measure to generate revenue. Its organized opposition said in fact it would cost revenue. Farmers – the few who still had the energy – said, “It’ll kill us.” The health care and insurance companies said, “This might help us.” And the smokers said, “You already killed us.”

  • What we think: Senator Tapp's bill is not a good idea

    State Senator Gary Tapp is coming under a lot of fire these days from columnists, letter writers and even editorial cartoonists around the state for his proposed Senate Bill 68, which would place tight restrictions on the types of individuals who could adopt children or become foster parents. We agree with those who oppose this bill.

    A law that limits by arbitrary definition the pool of individuals willing to step forward and volunteer to help the save the life of an innocent child is not well-conceived or even necessary.

  • What we think: Open government must be reinforced

    Even more troubling to those of us who watch out for your interests is another bill that seems to be gaining momentum under the leading members of both the Senate and the House.

    In Senate Bill 188, Senate President David Williams and House Speaker Greg Stumbo are proposing the creation of a state oversight agency that would be responsible for checks and balances on all aspects of government and those who hold office.

  • Two shining examples from which we all can learn

    These are sad days. Loss and grief are everywhere.

    People die every day and every week, of course, some more famous than others, and each of you is touched in a unique way by the passing of someone you know, someone you’ve loved or maybe just someone you’ve admired.

    This past year has been personally difficult. Our family lost a very dear relative all too quickly, and our grief continues. Friends and former classmates and teammates passed away suddenly. Friends and acquaintances have lost spouses and children. And of course many have lost parents.

  • We congratulate: SCHS for efforts to recognize stars

    Shelby County High School's raising of banners to honor two of its greatest sports stars is perhaps too little but mercifully not too late.

    Mike Casey and Terry Davis were the state's top basketball players in perhaps what was the best and most competitive era of the sport in this state and certainly in this county.

    Mr. Casey, an iconic legend in Shelby County sports, led the school to its first state championship in 1966. He went on to star at the University of Kentucky.

  • What we think: Fireworks show should go on

    What great news it was when we learned that the fireworks show will continue.

    We were afraid there would be no more sizzle in the sky to celebrate Independence Day in Shelby County.

    The county’s parks board, which for many years has produced the fireworks display at Clear Creek Park on July 4, said last week it no longer could afford to light the fuse, and unless a benefactor were to step forward, the community would be left with a dud.