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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: Fiscal court’s code of silence is wrong

    We were appalled to observe last week that Shelby County Fiscal Court would not accept comments from those in attendance who wanted to address an important zoning matter it is considering for final approval.

    At issue is the controversial reclassification of approximately 10 acres on Kentucky Street to heavy industrial to allow Midwest Metals to build a recycling plant that would be adjacent to Red Orchard Park and residential neighborhoods.

  • We congratulate: Shelby County’s first responders

    There has been an abundance of appropriate attention focused this past week on the first responders who faced peril and sometimes gave their lives during the tragic attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

    At ceremonies in New York, Washington and in a field in Pennsylvania the heroes of that awful day of attacks on America have earned the often prayerful and always prideful praise of society for all they contributed, for the lives they saved and for the ultimate sacrifice that so many made.

  • MY WORD: Shame on you, Shelby County School Board

    Not even a “thank you” to the taxpayers of Shelby County.
    The citizens of Shelby County need to wake up and take notice of the total disregard our current school board has for the anxiety most taxpayers feel about our financial future. We should be outraged and disgusted by what took place at the Aug. 25 school board meeting.

  • MY WORD: Some points about the zoning decision that need to be heard

    It’s hard to say park and scrap metal recycling plant in the same sentence. It would be harder yet to live with a recycling plant in the same block as a park. Even if we can’t have a voice at the 10 a.m., Sept. 20, Shelby County Fiscal Court meeting, we can have a presence and that might help our magistrates keep the facts for their decision in focus.

  • MY WORD: Plan for more spending is not the solution

    As I traveled across Kentucky over the past several weeks, meeting with constituents and hearing their concerns, one overriding issue became clear: People are concerned that our stagnant economy is not turning around. With unemployment in the commonwealth at 9.5 percent and the recent news that not a single net new job was created in the country last month, they’re right to be worried.

  • SOUDER: Messages of 9-11 should not be forgotten

    There are some days you don’t forget. Your first kiss. The day you got your driver’s license. Your wedding day. The birth of your child. These days are important personal milestones in our lives, and most of us can remember not just the events, but the feelings and emotions that accompanied them.

    There are some days Americans don’t forget. July 4, 1776. The Alamo (OK, that one isn’t a day, but you get the idea). Pearl Harbor. When John F. Kennedy or Martin Luther King, Jr. were shot. These dates have been burned into our national psyche.

  • The impact of 9-11: Something really good did emerge

    This is the week for one of those winding, emotional and reflective cruises down the turbulent tributaries that feed those endless eddies stirred by a life-changing event.

    We don’t simply glance over our shoulders at the rapids that changed our course, but we stare at it, consume it anew and bring from our deep-sealed memories the emotions, the adrenalin that carried us through those waters to our anchorage of today.

  • What we think: We like plan to honor Squire Boone

    The concept being extended by longtime Shelby County native Joe Ruble to build an iconic statue of Squire Boone on the east end of Shelbyville is another significant and – we think – embraceable piece of entrepreneurship by a citizen who loves Shelby County and revels in its history.