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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: Police ideas are just a first shot

    We commend the Shelbyville Police Department for its consideration of a new training schedule at its firing range, a schedule that would ensure live bullets don’t fly during traditional school hours.

    That sort of immediate and aggressive response is important in moments of significant public concern, and we can’t be too strong in our underscoring that this is a very important public concern.

  • We congratulate: Mayor Hardesty on his recovery

    We, like many citizens of Shelbyville, were stunned and concerned last week to learn of the emergency health problems confronted by Mayor Tom Hardesty.

    We certainly are pleased that he is on the mend and headed toward home and back to work.

  • Our roads well traveled lead to natural beauty

    If you have looked at the Neighbors section today, you have seen one person’s guidebook map for a way to enjoy fall in Shelby County.

    For natives and longtime residents, such a route can be drawn and redrawn, and the outcome is always simple and satisfying. There is no definitive navigation for the beauty we all enjoy.

  • We congratulate: Student rep's approach to role on school board

    Austin Crowe is the newest member of the Shelby County School Board, and we like his moxie.

    Mr. Crowe, a junior at Shelby County High School, took over the student delegate’s seat at the last board meeting, and he made a wonderful impact with his curiosity and his candor.

  • What’s the point? Or, it’s all about the candy

    I heard a story about a man, who, after drinking a little too much cider at a Halloween party, was trying to “walk it off” on his way home.  Taking a shortcut through a graveyard, he accidentally stumbled into a freshly dug grave.

    Try as he might to climb out, because of his mostly inebriated condition and because the rain that had fallen earlier in the day had made the sides of the grave muddy and slick, he finally gave up.

  • Big Blue Madness is the tent revival to end all tent revivals

    I have now been baptized into the rite of Big Blue basketball. It may not have been full immersion, but I have received a very steady sprinkling of UK’s holy water.

    For Friday night I watched that tent revival known as Big Blue Madness, and I felt the holy spirit of Adolph Rupp seize me with a ferocious grip. Had I actually been in Rupp Arena, I’m sure I would have responded to the alter call of  Rev. John Calipari. It seemed as if thousands did that even before the preaching.

  • We congratulate: SCHS for earning home playoff game

    The Shelby County Rockets are playing their last football season as a unified high school. For the first time in more than three decades, there will be two football teams representing the county next fall.

    And this team is trying to make its last season as one truly memorable.

    The Rockets, who won just a single game last fall, have rebounded to win seven this year, and with their rout of Southern last Friday night, they have earned the school’s first home playoff game since 1995.

  • This flu season we're doing some things we haven't done before

    I submitted to getting a flu shot the other day. I’ve never had one, and I didn’t see the need to get one this year. But I’ve read the stories, and I have two little germ incubators at home. They drag in everything that the dogs don’t. After some encouragement, getting the shot seemed prudent. It’s not that I’m afraid of needles. I’m just not afraid of illness. But I should be.