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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: The bypass is is now a mirage

    This latest morass with the Shelbyville Bypass – that the seemingly never-ending arc of 4.5 miles engineers now say will require a miracle to open before 2011 – leaves us struggling with all sorts of emotions.

    First there is denial.

    We can’t conceive that a road so short could stand incomplete after more than 486 authorized days of construction that started in May of 2006.

  • A trip to the falls is special time in a special place

    That sneaky look that sometimes crosses my darling wife’s face at odd moments greeted me Saturday afternoon, just after I had returned from an errand. You probably know a similar look. Under some circumstances, it can freeze you, and under others, it can melt your heart.

    This was a melting moment.

    “We’re going on an adventure,” she said.

  • What we think: Students’ first day is unique opportunity

    The first day of school can be the first day of not only a new educational cycle but also of a new opportunity.

    Students mostly are eager to return to campuses, if not always precisely to return to classes, and teachers have recharged batteries, newly learned techniques and tactics and, for some, new rooms in which to try to influence minds.

  • Some of the tough campaign questions come our way, too

    The person on the phone had some tough questions.

    It was a political candidate who wanted to know why the opposition’s big community event was in the newspaper’s Datebook.

    I tried to explain carefully.

    The event was open to the public, I said. It was being held in a public place. It was free.

  • We congratulate: Casey’s induction into UK shrine

    The University of Kentucky announced this week that Shelby County’s Mike Casey would be added this fall to its athletic hall-of-fame.

    We are perplexed: He wasn’t already in UK’s hall of fame?

    One of the top 15 career scorers for college basketball’s most successful program and one of its landmark coaches hadn’t been inducted in the past four decades?

  • We congratulate: Preschool worker who stopped choking

    Amy Wells listened in class, and as a result, one of her students escaped a difficult situation.

    Ms. Wells is a staff member at Jacob’s Ladder Preschool in Shelbyville, and about a week ago, she was there when a chip became stuck in the throat of one of the students.

  • A lesson in pride from which we all can learn

    I have just returned from a weekend trip to the hill country of Texas.

    If you haven’t been there, I recommend this vast land, filled with millions of acres of sprawling ranches, billions of live oak trees and zillions of jaw-dropping vistas of a sparseness and grandeur that are far removed from our beautiful north-central Kentucky.

  • What we think: ‘Hot dots’ are must for summer athletes

        The athletes at Martha Layne Collins High School are going to be a bit safer this summer.

    Because of the power of the name of the new high school’s namesake and an opportunity created by a committed parent, those who play sports at Collins during the summer heat will be provided with so-called “hot