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Today's Opinions

  • DOYLE: Is this new friend really our old friend?

    About two weeks before Christmas, a young, black-and-white cat took up residence in our barn and promptly became part of the family. That may not seem unusual to you, but it was downright eerie to us.

    We only that month had been talking of getting a barn cat to help ensure pests didn’t invade the feed bins. Then appears this cat, nice, clean, young, looking for a family and a home.

  • DOYLE: Is this new friend really our old friend?

    About two weeks before Christmas, a young, black-and-white cat took up residence in our barn and promptly became part of the family. That may not seem unusual to you, but it was downright eerie to us.

    We only that month had been talking of getting a barn cat to help ensure pests didn’t invade the feed bins. Then appears this cat, nice, clean, young, looking for a family and a home.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Now is time Shelby should dip from moist to wet

    We have taken the position that Shelby County’s status for the sale of beer and alcohol should change from “moist” to “wet,” which means that licenses could be granted for businesses outside the city limits of Shelbyville – a situation that routinely has caused much consternation because of stores that wanted to open in the area and perhaps because revenue was lost to other counties.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Now is time Shelby should dip from moist to wet

    We have taken the position that Shelby County’s status for the sale of beer and alcohol should change from “moist” to “wet,” which means that licenses could be granted for businesses outside the city limits of Shelbyville – a situation that routinely has caused much consternation because of stores that wanted to open in the area and perhaps because revenue was lost to other counties.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Ordinance plan for restaurant tax

    The Simpsonville City Commission this morning is scheduled to introduce first reading of an ordinance to create a restaurant tax at its eateries.

    We understand that this ordinance would be weeks away from passing and months from implementation, but we have to applaud the fact that the commission is entertaining this suggestion.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Ordinance plan for restaurant tax

    The Simpsonville City Commission this morning is scheduled to introduce first reading of an ordinance to create a restaurant tax at its eateries.

    We understand that this ordinance would be weeks away from passing and months from implementation, but we have to applaud the fact that the commission is entertaining this suggestion.

  • MY WORD: Shelby County's trash facility is needed

    Our local newspaper has had a negative approach in its reporting of several issues that relate to special taxing districts – especially the 109 Solid Waste Board.

    I have a background in environmental protection issues having spent over 20 years working for the Office of General Counsel of the Energy and Environmental Cabinet as an environmental enforcement specialist and paralegal. My opinion regarding the Shelby County 109 Solid Waste Board is opposite that of our local newspaper.

  • WHAT WE THINK: These are our goals for Shelby County in 2014

    Have you set your New Year’s resolutions? Perhaps you’ve set them and already broken them. You wouldn’t be alone.

    We have been setting our community goals for Shelby County for the coming year, and unlike resolutions that might be broken, our objective is for each of these goals to be checked off the list and summed up as accomplished during our annual accounting next December.