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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: Balancing the budget needs no amendment

    We think it’s a really good idea that our government operates each year with a balanced budget. And we couldn’t agree more with our leaders who suggest that.

    But, those points made, the requirement to balance the federal budget is not, as some lawmakers are suggesting, a Constitutional issue.

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was in Frankfort recently touting the idea of going through the laborious and – yes – costly process of amending the U.S. Constitution, perhaps requiring a constitutional convention, to impel lawmakers to do their jobs.

  • We congratulate: Shelby County Fiscal Court for passing its contribution to the City Center

    We were very pleased last week to see that Shelby County Fiscal Court had approved its piece of the financial pie needed to study the plan for the downtown City Center.

    We had been pushing for months for magistrates to contribute the remaining $12,500 – the other partners, the City of Shelbyville, the Shelby County School Board and the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, did so months ago – and we are relieved that this is completed.

  • SOUDER: The Great Divide: Which side are you on?

    My daughter has a good friend who tells this joke: There are three kinds of people in the world – those who can count, and those who can’t. I’ve said it this way before: There are two kinds of people in the world – those who say there are two kinds of people and those who don’t.

  • How a guy terrified of tornadoes has found a scary new calm

    Maybe it’s a statement about complacency, laziness or just a bit of “the-sky-is-falling” syndrome – literally – that I didn’t leap to the computer or TV Monday morning when it felt like the side of my house was going to be sent blasting into Franklin County.

    Many of you were awake, alert and ever vigilant to your family’s safety, but all I did was lie there and hope that the siding would stay put and wonder if the dripping I heard was from the ceiling and not the gutter (neither happened).

  • What we think: We need you to help best of our best

    We were struck both sad and concerned when we heard that the Pflughaupt Scholarship, the largest benefactor for students in Shelby County for the past 15-plus years, is about to run out of money.

    The generosity of Gene and Margery Pflughaupt has been unmatched in helping the best of the best in Shelby County find their paths to the treasure trough of education.

    They stepped in when the O. L. Moore Scholarship, a smaller version that had helped students since the 1960s, ran its course in 1995.

  • We congratulate: Latest good news for our industries

    More good economic news arrived Thursday when state economic development officials approved tax incentives for expansion projects at Katayama American Co. and Shelby Industries.

    On top of the hot fudge sundae that was the earlier announcement at Martinrea Heavy Stamping, these are two plump and tasty cherries.

    That the companies received the incentives and will add, between them, more than 30 new jobs in the next year is wonderful news. These are opportunities for workers who have lost their jobs or maybe looking for new opportunities.

  • How a guy terrified of tornadoes has found a scary new calm

    Maybe it’s a statement about complacency, laziness or just a bit of “the-sky-is-falling” syndrome – literally – that I didn’t leap to the computer or TV Monday morning when it felt like the side of my house was going to be sent blasting into Franklin County.

    Many of you were awake, alert and ever vigilant to your family’s safety, but all I did was lie there and hope that the siding would stay put and wonder if the dripping I heard was from the ceiling and not the gutter (neither happened).

  • Letters to the Editor, March 2, 2011

    Doyle's column went too far