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Today's Opinions

  • Out With the Old, In With the New

    Welcoming another New Year means different things to different people.  Some are just glad to put the month-long season of gluttony behind them and still fit into their wardrobe (the clothes, not the furniture).

    Although I do agree with the wise-guy who said, “People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.” 

  • What we think: These should be our goals for 2009

    January 1 is a day for agenda-setting, if only because the calendar says so.

    Our leaders from Washington to Frankfort to Shelbyville will be putting into motion their ideas for the coming year.

    They will project how best to deal with the staggering difficulties from our economic picture, the need for better healthcare for all and myriad other problems.

    Privately, the kings of industry will be developing plans to restore and grow their businesses.

  • We congratulate: Those who give to those who need

     

    During the holidays, it’s always wonderful to see our citizens and organizations coming together to help those who have fallen on hard times.

    Yes, it happens every year, but also the demand seems to keep growing and expanding.

    Civic clubs and individuals find their causes – whether they provide winter coats, toys, meals or simply comfort – and they handle as many people as possible.

  • ‘Whirled peas’ at Christmas

    Is it just me, or does it seem like at this time of year that city street lights--and even stoplights-- flash a bright red and green, and in the air there’s a feeling of Christmas?

    Another song (and popular consensus) says that Christmas is “the most wonderful time of the year.”  And what’s not to like?

  • What we think: Beshear's ideas have some merit

     There are many arguments to be had and several votes to be taken, but we like the ideas for budget adjustments that Gov. Steve Beshear put on the table last week.

    Cutting expenses these days can be too quick and to the quick, but Beshear seems to have a reasoned and surgical approach to what is likely the hardest decision he will face in 2009.

    The economy of Kentucky is sagging along with the nation’s and operating under even greater threat of the possible failure by the automakers, which employ so many and contribute so much to the state’s coffers.

  • We congratulate: Local teen who climbed Grand Canyon is a star

    Skylar Cannon accomplished a feat that is difficult to do on two legs, much less wheels.

    She traversed one of the paths to the bottom of the Grand Canyon in her wheelchair, and she became the first person to do it.

    Skylar, 13, is a student at East Middle School who suffers from the terminal disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy, but she lives a fuller life than most.

    She has grown into the kind of person who relishes and attacks challenges rather than complaining and sitting back to see what might happen to her.

  • What we think: An idea whose time has come

     If you read the list of ideas the community put forth recently in its vision for the future of Shelby County, one should have stuck out like Rudolph's nose:

    Let's build a civic center.

    Shelbyville - and Shelby County - is ready to have its own entertainment/meeting/civic venue as functional focal point for all residents and visitors.

    Yes, there are many steps to be taken and many ideas to be reviewed before such a facility could be built, but let's not delay.

  • I have met the enemy, and he is us

    I was recently reminded of the story of the rescue workers from the Red Cross who, after a particularly severe snowstorm, went to check on a widow who lived in an extremely remote area in the mountains.  After being airlifted in by helicopter and then trudging the final half-mile through 3-foot drifts, they finally made it to the nearly snow-covered house and knocked on the door.

    The widow cautiously opened the door and wondered aloud about why anyone would be out in such bad weather.  When the workers announced that they were from the Red Cross assistance team, the