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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SOUDER: The coming criminalization of Christianity: The Censorship of Hate

    Do you remember when “hate” meant “hate?”  When I was a kid, my sisters and I weren’t even allowed to say the word hate, especially if it pertained to another person.  Hate was considered such a strong word that it had, we were told, a very limited place in polite conversation.  

    My mother’s wisdom notwithstanding, have you noticed that during the past few years, and especially in the aftermath of the tragic shootings in Tucson, it seems everyone is talking about hate?

  • SOUDER: The coming criminalization of Christianity: The Censorship of Hate

    Do you remember when “hate” meant “hate?”  When I was a kid, my sisters and I weren’t even allowed to say the word hate, especially if it pertained to another person.  Hate was considered such a strong word that it had, we were told, a very limited place in polite conversation.   
    My mother’s wisdom notwithstanding, have you noticed that during the past few years, and especially in the aftermath of the tragic shootings in Tucson, it seems everyone is talking about hate?

  • MY WORD: Immigrants are people, no matter their status

  • What we think: Intersection patch will help traffic

    So often we address issues involving our roads and raise questions that don’t bring us immediate or sufficient answers, much less remedies to the problems at hand.
    But today we have to give credit for the most recent decision from the state highway department, though some of you believe this solution seemed to be moving in the slow lane. At least it did arrive at the right destination in a relatively timely manner.

  • We congratulate: Forward thinking of commuter rail

    Many will consider the proposal by the new executive director of the Capital Development Corporation in Frankfort, Ralph Tharp, to build a commuter rail system between Louisville and Lexington to be a folly, but we like the concept quite a lot.
    Anything we can do to encourage fewer people to drive our roads and burn less fossil fuel is a plus for our environment and public safety.
    This idea – however you feel about it – certainly serves those missions.