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Today's Opinions

  • WE CONGRATULATE: A smooth transition for better service

     

    Almost one year ago today we were questioning the Shelbyville City Council on their slow adoption of a citywide garbage ordinance.

    We wondered what was taking so long and why decisions seemed to be stalled when cities and counties all around us had adopted franchise agreements years ago.

    But now, as we look back on the results, we see a city that has transitioned smoothly into a new stage.

  • Letters to the Editor, April 15, 2015

     

    In support of the tourism tax

     

    I am writing to support the restaurant tax that is currently before the Shelbyville City Council.  Having served as Mayor [of Shelbyville], I know how difficult it is to vote for a tax.  There is no perfect tax.  We passed the occupational tax back many years ago after federal revenue sharing was eliminated and over a third of our budget disappeared overnight. 

  • Letters to the Editor, April 15, 2015

     

    In support of the tourism tax

     

    I am writing to support the restaurant tax that is currently before the Shelbyville City Council.  Having served as Mayor [of Shelbyville], I know how difficult it is to vote for a tax.  There is no perfect tax.  We passed the occupational tax back many years ago after federal revenue sharing was eliminated and over a third of our budget disappeared overnight. 

  • WHAT WE THINK: We should not waste these opportunities

    On Monday, gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin stopped in Shelbyville for a meet-and-greet session at the Bell House on Main Street.
    However, very few people came out to either meet or greet Mr. Bevin, in this his second Shelbyville stop in the campaign season.
    With several Republican candidates for governor set to battle in the primary in May, voters are doing themselves a disservice by not attending these meetings – and that includes Democrats, as well.

  • WHAT WE THINK: We should not waste these opportunities

    On Monday, gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin stopped in Shelbyville for a meet-and-greet session at the Bell House on Main Street.
    However, very few people came out to either meet or greet Mr. Bevin, in this his second Shelbyville stop in the campaign season.
    With several Republican candidates for governor set to battle in the primary in May, voters are doing themselves a disservice by not attending these meetings – and that includes Democrats, as well.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Our flood heroes

    As epic rains pounded Shelby County on Friday and caused flooding on city and county streets and throughout basements and crawl spaces, a few brave people were on the prowl looking to help.

    Our local firefighters, police and emergency responders were not tucked up on the couch reading a book or watching TV, instead they were out in the rain saving lives and helping some that had made poor decisions.

    On three different occasions, first responders used boats or walked out to those stuck in cars that had tried to cross large pools of standing water.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Our flood heroes

    As epic rains pounded Shelby County on Friday and caused flooding on city and county streets and throughout basements and crawl spaces, a few brave people were on the prowl looking to help.

    Our local firefighters, police and emergency responders were not tucked up on the couch reading a book or watching TV, instead they were out in the rain saving lives and helping some that had made poor decisions.

    On three different occasions, first responders used boats or walked out to those stuck in cars that had tried to cross large pools of standing water.

  • MY WORD: Opposes restaurant tax, support virtuous citizens

    The American founders believed in the equal protection of all the peoples’ rights and thus insured that all would have the freedom to prosper.

    The Shelbyville City Council's restaurant tax operates to negate those protections. At the last workshop the council discussed how best to spend the tax money, not whether they should collect a tax or not.