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Today's Opinions

  • Fear sometimes can separate you from the right stuff

    You have read the chilling accounts about that teen-aged boy who was shot dead just a block from the library recently.

    You probably didn’t know the victim. You may have heard the chatter about why this might have happened. You probably know even less about the alleged shooter or his whereabouts.

    But at least one of us can speak clearly about what must be the shock and sadness that those who live around that street must feel each day as they pass the spot by the tree where they saw Joel Mena breathing his final breaths. One of us understands.

  • What we think: New FDA rules really do stink

    The emerging problem of what we will do with dead livestock in Shelby County is a critical issue that will require a unique solution.

    Last week the FDA announced its new restrictions in how these animals must be handled before they are transported for processing, requiring that skull and spinal cord tissue must be removed as steps to limit spread of bacteria that cause mad cow disease.

    That goal is appreciated – the disease kills people – but these restrictions need to be rethought, because their side effects are untenable for farmers.

  • We congratulate: Our kids make us very proud

     Have you noticed lately how many students from Shelby County are winning awards?

    We have individuals and teams winning regional, state and even national awards. Almost every day brings a new note from a teacher or administrator in a school or a proud family member touting the accomplishment of someone.

    There are athletes, musicians, dancers, singers, actors, filmmakers, essayists, speakers, spellers and just plain old visionaries being honored from here to Washington, D.C., and back. Some local winners are still competing on bigger stages,

  • It’s the most wonderful time of the year

    Please forgive some of us if we look at today as a holiday that’s far more important than anything Hallmark invented. There are no red letters or no more school holidays, but many of us circle the date and can’t wait.

    As surely as robins are harbingers of spring, the first district basketball tournament game is a rite of passage in Kentucky that deserves the reverence of the masses.

  • What we think: General Assembly got it right, too

    That idea in the General Assembly to create an oversight branch that would do checks and balances on government activities out of the eyes of the public has died – at least for the time being. You no longer have to worry that your state would be using your tax dollars to investigate itself without your being able to find out what was going on. House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President David Williams had coauthored identical bills in their respective houses to create this agency. Legislators had been complaining that they weren’t gett

  • What we think: Fiscal Court got it right

     After years of debate and numerous votes, Shelby County Fiscal Court finally has done the right thing.

  • I’ve already made up my mind (don’t confuse me with the facts)

    As a follow-up to my last two columns (which in spite of what some apparently thought, were not primarily about puppies), I’d like to direct your attention again to the idea of truth.

    Perhaps you have heard someone say, or have even said yourself, “Well, that may be true for you, but it isn’t true for me.”  I have never been able to wrap my mind around that sentiment.

    You see, truth—by definition—is not subjective.  Truth is the way things really are; it is what corresponds to actual reality.

  • Tobacco seems to have been stripped of its once great power over us

     

    So the controversial tobacco tax sailed through the General Assembly the other day, landing as quietly as a feather on a still pond.

    The governor had suggested this measure to generate revenue. Its organized opposition said in fact it would cost revenue. Farmers – the few who still had the energy – said, “It’ll kill us.” The health care and insurance companies said, “This might help us.” And the smokers said, “You already killed us.”