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Today's Opinions

  • The making of a cereal killer -- nature or nurture?

    Psychologists have long debated the root causes of our behaviors. There are some who say that our actions are primarily the result of the genes we have inherited from our parents, while others contend that they are mostly the result of our environment and the way we are raised.

    This is often stated as Nature vs. Nurture.

  • EARLIER: What we think: Harley-Davidson deal gives us a shot of hope

    Though the idea that Harley-Davidson may build a large plant in Shelby County to replace its operations in southern Pennsylvania is for now just that – an idea – those of us who live in Shelby are feeling a jolt of excitement that such a respected, stable company is considering our proud homeland for a new facility.

    With unemployment hitting 11 percent statewide, many of the employed losing salary and benefits, with dozens of houses falling to foreclosure and many others sitting unoccupied, this ne

  • EARLIER: What we think: The bid for Harley must stay the course

    Shelby County Fiscal Court continues to make bold statements to try to improve the position of the county’s recruitment of Harley-Davidson’s largest plant.

    Likewise, we continue to commend that action as being the sort of creative thinking and aggressive process that are important to land the big fish of the manufacturing world.

  • Neihof: Help us 'Close The Deal'

    School children swarm the downtown area like bees to honey each fall when the Fountain Committee volunteers describe historic sites. The field trips have been going on for more than 15 years and provide hands-on, real-life connections to the core content about community or state history.

  • We congratulate: Fiscal Court for keeping its promise

    The final words of rejection and consolation barely had been spoken in the county’s pursuit of Harley-Davidson when Shelby County Fiscal Court proved that it could squeeze some lemonade out of that batch of lemons.

    The court went into special session Monday morning and rescinded its request for a zoning change on acreage near the Shelby County Industrial Park.

  • Songs of the season, Shelby style: Just hum along

    With Christmas season on full furry-red-suit fury, our radio airwaves are full of the carols, melodies and parodies that brighten our days and help us carry holiday themes all year round.

    Starting on Thanksgiving, they’re there, 24/7, at any of a number of spots on the dial, varying versions and spectacular spoofs along with just the first-sung hymns of the holidays.

  • What we think: Courtship of Harley itself was a victory

    For nearly a week now Shelby County’s leaders most likely have been feeling like the loser on a romantic reality show or – worse – a jilted groom left at the altar.

    They had put forward their best effort and wooed long and hard to win the hand of the lovely Harley-Davidson only to see that she couldn’t go through with the marriage.

    She loved the proposal – she loved us – but the move to Kentucky was just too much for her.

  • What we think: Strong DUI report sets standard for drugs

    If you believe that statistics don’t lie – and even the most circumspect among us surely do to some extent – then you have to be amazed at the recent report on Shelby County’s efficiency in disposing of DUI cases.

    That better than 92 percent of those charged were convicted during a 4-year period is a significant statement both to those who consider driving after drinking and for those who make sure such drivers are caught when they do.