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Today's Opinions

  • MY Word: KCCT transfer legislation is key to future

    There is a continuous struggle faced by many Kentucky Community and Technical College students. These students take lower-division level transfer classes  taught by highly qualified faculty who have an expertise in teaching and learning, only to discover later that that the degree requirements have changed at the other institution.

     Determining which community college classes will transfer to a 4-year university shouldn’t be so difficult for students.

  • EARLIER: What we think: Ramps on I-64 are dangerous, too

     

    The report recently of the mounting number of accidents on Interstate 64 east of Shelbyville reminds us of the significant need we have for improvements to our primary artery.

    Simply put, two lanes in either direction through Shelby County are not sufficient.

  • You may have all the answers already, but if not...

    Dear William,

    Welcome! We’ve been waiting for you.

    I understand some are calling you Will and others have chosen Liam. I sort of like Liam, because it seems so unique and Irish and goes so nicely with your last name.

    But whichever you prefer is fine with me. You’ll let us know soon enough.

  • What we think: Shelby County lost 2 great contributors

    This was a sad week for Shelby County, because we lost two people who had devoted so many years to improving the lives of our young people.

    Mary Simmons and Mitch Bailey served in different ways, but their impacts were felt by generations of students who needed a little additional inspiration.

    Ms. Simmons devoted herself to the Dorman Center, where students with special needs of all types were given a chance to be loved and to learn.

  • What we think: Wills' sentence difficult to grasp

    Call us perplexed about the decision Friday of Senior Judge Steve Mershon to let admitted thief Jody Wills off with less of a sentence than we had expected.

    Call us perplexed because Ms. Wills admitted to the 37 counts against her and accepted the state’s offer of a 10-year sentence rather than risk going to jail for decades.

    Call us perplexed as to why she gets to spend 9 months in the Shelby County Detention Center on work release.

    Call us perplexed that her accepted, 10-year sentence was reduced to those terms plus 5 years of probation.

  • The thought of spring training can melt that yucky white stuff

    Here’s an upfront promise: There will be no use today of that four-letter S-word. Not a chance.

    And I mean the one that rhymes with grow.

    I can avow that because of a phone call I received from an old buddy in Florida the other day, a call that warmed my heart, brought sunshine to my foreboding sky and probably melted a little of that white precipitation beneath my feet.

  • SOUDER: Promote global warming before we all freeze to death

    As you may have heard, according to news reports last Friday, there was measurable snow on the ground in all 50 states. There was some question about whether there was snow on the top of any of the mountains in Hawaii, but because there is some there occasionally, it made a good headline.

    However, what you may not have known is that, according to global warming “experts,” all of our recent snow should have been impossible.

  • We congratulate: Jewish, Masonic for 5-star ratings

    The recent announcement that Jewish Hospital Shelbyville and Masonic Home Shelbyville both were rated 5-star nursing homes was a significant moment for our community.

    You surely know that nursing homes are among the most scrutinized and criticized of our health-related facilities. There is a terrible legacy of neglect and corruption in homes across America, and we as citizens always are concerned that our loved ones are well taken care of in their moments of greatest need.