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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: New bypass date isn't convincing

    We were pleased to read last week that state transportation officials now believe the Shelbyville Bypass likely will be completed by Labor Day of 2010.

    We would not have believed that forecast if it had come from the project’s contractors, Kay And Kay Contracting. That company’s owner – Bill Robinson – told us in August that its work was about 80 percent complete.

  • The ghosts of Christmas teach us about gifts we sometimes overlook

    On a cold, blowy, darkest of nights, I was awakened with a start by a presence in my room, not that of a child or a pet or even a Japanese beetle but of something the likes of which I’d never seen, sort of an eerie being that seemed to loom.

    He arrived not in Victorian bedclothes but in a work uniform with his name on his breast, his face creased with hard work and palms rough but strong, many muscles rippling in his chest.

  • Christmas shopping brings Joy to the World (at least until the bill comes)

     A man was walking down the street when he saw a sign outside a shop that read, “Talking Dog for Sale.”

    Intrigued, he entered the store to learn more. Though he was more than a bit skeptical and felt very foolish for doing so, he addressed the dog directly. “So, what have you done with your life?” he asked.

    Much to the man’s amazement, the dog replied in fluent English.

  • My Word: This is what it means to rob a small-business

    When you rob a small business – when you rob ME – you are doing more than just taking the cash necessary to acquire your fix.

    When you rob a small business you are, first and foremost, violating a sacred space. This shop is built on my dreams and, literally, on my blood, sweat and tears. This shop is my child. I have created it, grown it, nurtured and fed it. I love it. And you hurt it – which makes me angry and also hurts me.

  • EARLIER: What we think: Harley deal isn't necessarily done

    If you have been following closely in Shelby County’s recruitment of Harley-Davidson, you most likely found last week’s headlines slammed on the brakes of our emotional ride.

    But please don’t let go of the handlebars. No matter what Gov. Steve Beshear says, we don’t see anyone locally giving up on making this deal.

  • 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.