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Today's Opinions

  • We congratulate: Those who finally opened the bypass

    We must in the sense of fairness today congratulate those who did the work, made the decision and, ultimately, took down the final barriers to open the Shelbyville Bypass.

    We have catcalled, cajoled and even cried a bit these past few years as the bypass construction moved a long at a pace that was both insensitive to local residents and insulting to taxpayers in general,

    But now the road is open, and all is right in the world.

  • We congratulate: One man's vision, all of your efforts

    We have praised Lee Bean, the minister at Dover Baptist Church, for his efforts to start a men’s homeless shelter in the county. He deserved that praise, and now he deserves a second helping.

    His Open Door of Hope has in one year found a way to move out of a cramped apartment in the downtown Shelbyville corridor into a full home with a yard that is located in an even more appropriate setting.

  • We congratulate: Collins' Karas for her state title

    There are so many firsts these days for Collins High School that perhaps we need to develop a time capsule and put inside it a long list to record them all.

    We make this suggestion in the wake of the historic – by several definitions – performance of cross-country runner Caterina Karas.

    She became the first state champion for the Titans, overpowering all competitors to win the Class AA championship in Lexington.

  • What we think: Let's light flame under smoking issue

    The report last week by the U.S Surgeon General about the even more damaging effects of smoking – that brief exposures to even second-hand smoke can cause immediate and significant problems for your body – should light a fire under discussions in Shelby County about creating a smoking policy for restaurants.

  • We congratulate: Ford’s big plans for Kentucky

    Normally a huge manufacturing company’s decision for changes both good and bad would escape the range of our focus.

    But the Ford Motor Company’s announcement Thursday of a huge investment in one of its plants in Louisville, an investment that will add hundreds of jobs to the market, can’t escape our gratitude.

  • Songs for the season start -- but don't end -- with A for Andy

     

    If you are charmed by Christmas and its songs, you probably have developed a very evolved palate for those tunes you like, those you tolerate and those you wish would get run over by a reindeer.

    They fall, for me, in four basic categories: Those sung to commemorate the Reason For The Season, the classics, the annual newcomers and the sillies.

  • What we think: Let's light flame under smoking issue

    The report last week by the U.S Surgeon General about the even more damaging effects of smoking – that brief exposures to even second-hand smoke can cause immediate and significant problems for your body – should light a fire under discussions in Shelby County about creating a smoking policy for restaurants.

  • SOUDER: Milestones that we should hug and kiss before it’s too late

    Tuesday of this week marked the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Indeed, Dec. 7, 1941 has become, just as President Roosevelt proclaimed, “a date which will live in infamy.” Other dates and events are embedded into the fabric of our country as well: July 4, 1776. Nov. 22, 1963 (when JFK was assassinated). Jan. 28, 1986 (the day the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded). Sept. 11,2001.