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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: County's audit cause for concern

    Shelby County’s failure in three areas of a state audit should be a concern to each of us.

    The problems cited are not grave – neither losses of great amounts of the public’s money nor malfeasance were noted – but the fact that problems existed should not be dismissed out of hand.

    That’s primarily because these findings place a highlighter on areas of sloppiness in both record keeping and reporting by our county.

  • What we think: 7th Street plan is a good idea

    We applaud when our elected leaders are looking forward and trying to make sure that our governmental agencies are focusing on positive solutions and creative ideas.

    And even if an idea isn’t totally original, we like to know the good ones are being kept in focus and reasonably high on our leaders’ task lists.

  • EARLIER: We congratulate: The movement we see on bypass construction

    We have been on the backs of the contractors on the Shelbyville Bypass, and we still believe Kay and Kay Construction has been lax in working on the project.

    But we have to offer the company some applause this week.

  • EARLIER: We congratulate: The movement we see on bypass construction

    We have been on the backs of the contractors on the Shelbyville Bypass, and we still believe Kay and Kay Construction has been lax in working on the project.

    But we have to offer the company some applause this week.

  • EARLIER: What we think: Location of range must be examined

    The revelation this week that the Shelbyville Police Department’s shooting range is within firing distance of an elementary school sends off an alarm that all of us should hear.

    Yes, we realize that the location of the range off Kentucky Street was positioned two decades ago on old farmland, long before Clear Creek Elementary was even being discussed.

    Yes, we realize this is city-owned land.

    Yes, we realize officers need a place to practice their weaponry to be prepared to protect all of us.

  • We congratulate: Plan to name gym as honor for Casey

    Finally we have movement on a plan to rename the Shelby County High School Gym for iconic basketball star Mike Casey.

    Shelby County Public Schools formed a facilities naming committee that met last week and agreed to send forward to the school board its recommendation to honor Mr. Casey.

  • SOUDER: All roads may lead to Rome, but not to the Rose Bowl...or God

    At the end of April I had the opportunity to go to southern California for a conference. It was a tough break, I know, but someone had to do it.

    If you’ve never been there, it really is beautiful – sandy beaches, palm trees, colorful flowers, a bright blue sky and breathtaking views with mountains and the ocean in the same frame all make for a picture-perfect setting.

  • An apple for the teachers who tried to polish our skills

    I ran into an old English teacher – and my first journalism teacher – at the grocery store recently. She was buying milk, and I was the nosy reporter asking her about prices.

    She answered my question and then said, “You don’t remember me, do you?”

    I admitted she looked familiar, and then Mary Ann Clemmons, English teacher my junior year at Shelby County High School, introduced herself to me.

    “I remember you wouldn’t read much of anything but sports,” she said.