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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: Martinrea's move is big for our future

    What a great jolt of positive energy that was for our county last week with the news that the state was approving incentives to help Martinrea Heavy Stamping get a toehold with Ford for its new Vertrek product line.
    This not only helps ensure a large employer that had been down to its dying breaths will breathe longer, but it means that 150 new employees will join the fold, many of them, we would presume, workers who had lost their jobs in the litany of cutbacks the company has endured during the past few years.

  • We congratulate: The lessons from the teen firefighter

    When it comes to fire safety, stop, drop and roll has been for decades a part of the educational download on safety that our schools evangelize. Parents in turn drill that slogan into the ears and minds of our kids – along with other safety practices, of course (re: stop, look and listen)  – so that when a fire breaks out, they know how to handle themselves.
    Now we give you 14-year-old Wyatt Brookshire, who knew a bit more about how to handle a fire than the lessons he learned in elementary school.

  • One awards event where you felt the winners really meant it

    Don’t you get the feeling sometimes that we are a society that honors each other when honor is the element that should be honored?
    Or – and I’ll translate here – don’t you feel that we have so many awards events that they never seem to end, that they go end-to-end like a run of dominoes that never seems to bump into the double blanks?
    You sense that there is an award for everything, and a show for every award.

  • What we think: School board’s menu is fit for our kids

    Through a report last week to the Shelby County School Board, we now understand that our children are eating healthier at school than we might have expected.
    Shelby County Public Schools appear to be ahead of the new federal guidelines that are being handed down – guidelines that we believe are much needed in feeding kids who too often prefer a meal to be a soft drink and some French fries – and we find that to be a delicious concept.

  • We congratulate: Performance of Shelby’s EMA

    The report to Shelby County Fiscal Court last week that Shelby County’s Emergency Management Agency is performing among the best in the state illuminates a very important aspect of our community.
    All of us depend on Director Charlie Frazee, Deputy Director Paul Whitman and all those affiliated with EMA to keep us informed and safe during times of danger and difficulty.
    It’s comforting to understand that we are being cared for by some of the best in Kentucky.

  • One awards event where you felt the winners really meant it

    Don’t you get the feeling sometimes that we are a society that honors each other when honor is the element that should be honored?
    Or – and I’ll translate here – don’t you feel that we have so many awards events that they never seem to end, that they go end-to-end like a run of dominoes that never seems to bump into the double blanks?
    You sense that there is an award for everything, and a show for every award.

  • Letters to the Editor, Jan. 26, 2011

    Idle patrol cars burn fuel

    I recently drove by Thorntons in Shelbyville and happened to notice that a few police cars parked there. This is not the first time that I have seen these cars parked there.
    On my way back (about 10 minutes later), I drove into Thorntons, and to my surprise the  cars – from Shelbyville Police Department and the Kentucky State Police – were  still there. And when I went into the store, I found four policemen having a lovely chat. It seemed that they where having a good time!

  • What we think: School board’s menu is fit for our kids

    Through a report last week to the Shelby County School Board, we now understand that our children are eating healthier at school than we might have expected.
    Shelby County Public Schools appear to be ahead of the new federal guidelines that are being handed down – guidelines that we believe are much needed in feeding kids who too often prefer a meal to be a soft drink and some French fries – and we find that to be a delicious concept.