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Today's Opinions

  • We congratulate: Martinrea’s rebound

    Those employment figures at Martinrea Heavy Stamping are surely something to brag about. Adding 150 jobs to a hanging-by-a-thread workforce deserves applause from all of us.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court certainly offered its good wishes last week, and we join the magistrates in saying thank you to the company and to Ford Motor Company for its continuing and growing commitment to Shelby County.

  • Give me a little hair, long beautiful hair

    My son walked into the kitchen the other day, dressed for an evening event, and asked me proudly, “Do you like how I have my hair organized?”

    Although he is gifted in language arts, he didn’t quite understand why I immediately laughed, thinking perhaps that his “organization” wasn’t all that great.

    Truth is, he has extremely soft, thick hair – think of something that you would use to brush clean a fine fabric or even your own hair – and it had grown beyond its “organizational” best.

  • We congratulate: Martinrea’s rebound

    Those employment figures at Martinrea Heavy Stamping are surely something to brag about. Adding 150 jobs to a hanging-by-a-thread workforce deserves applause from all of us.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court certainly offered its good wishes last week, and we join the magistrates in saying thank you to the company and to Ford Motor Company for its continuing and growing commitment to Shelby County.

  • What we think: Being healthy is all individual

    We are breathing a lot easier knowing that Shelby County is considered the ninth-healthiest among our 120 counties. It’s nice to know that our standards for healthfulness and our pursuit of those standards are valued by outside observers.

    And we certainly share Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger’s goal of being No. 1 – what does Oldham County have that we don’t, except for more people? – and we encourage the aggressive pursuit of that lofty ranking.

  • What we think: Being healthy is all individual

    We are breathing a lot easier knowing that Shelby County is considered the ninth-healthiest among our 120 counties. It’s nice to know that our standards for healthfulness and our pursuit of those standards are valued by outside observers.

    And we certainly share Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger’s goal of being No. 1 – what does Oldham County have that we don’t, except for more people? – and we encourage the aggressive pursuit of that lofty ranking.

  • SOUDER: A dramatic change of circumstances

    “The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.’” (Matthew 28:5-6)

    Several years ago, the following letter was reportedly sent to a resident of Greenville County, S.C.: “Your food stamps will be stopped, effective March 1992, because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if your circumstances change.”

  • Letters to the Editor, April 4, 2012

    Why can’t schools plan for off days?

    I don't understand why every year the school system in Shelby County has to contend with the same problem of coming up with a plan to make up snow days and changing the date of graduation. Wouldn't it make it easier for everyone involved if there were some make-up days built into the calendar at the beginning of the year?

  • MY WORD: Shelbyville's requirement isn’t just an issue of paying for a sidewalk

    This spring, my wife and I will be replacing the sidewalk abutting our home on Henry Clay Street in Shelbyville. We were among the first 150 residents in a 22-square-block area to receive notice from the Codes Enforcement Office that a 16-year dormant ordinance requiring homeowners to pay for sidewalk repairs was being resurrected and enforced.

    The letter directed us to start making arrangements within 30 days and complete the work within 60 days, or the city would make the repairs and file a lien against our home for the cost of the work, plus fees and penalties.