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Today's Opinions

  • A new high school means a lot of new realities

    I asked my nephew the other night what he thought about the fact that he wouldn’t be pursuing his high school sports career as a Shelby County Rocket.

    He’s a budding baseball star and a DNA-built sports fan of the sturdiest cut, but he sort of looked at me from beneath his neat, red bangs and gave that middle-school shrug of not knowing what to think. I suspect he is not alone.

  • What we think: 'Shop local' should extend to city council

    The discussion that confronted the Shelbyville City Council last week about the purchase of new cruisers for the Shelbyville Police Department raised some valid questions.

    Councilman Shane Suttor’s inquiry about why a Ford model was chosen over a similarly equipped and cheaper Chevrolet was appropriate. Mr. Suttor’s questions may have come up too late in the process, but at least they were asked. His fellow council members or the folks at the SPD should not have had a problem with that.

  • We congratulate: Local people who serve others

    The report about how Shelby County’s nonprofit organizations are doing financially is an incomplete story. Yes, donations are down and need is up, but what the dollar figures from tax returns don’t show is the human investment in helping others. You can’t quantify how hands, hearts and hopes come together to improve a situation for someone who needs their help. So many of you are giving so much and having nothing but a pat on the back and your own inner satisfaction to show for it.

  • What we think: Don't confuse a civic center with a convention center

    We read with interest the ideas and the follow-up discussions about the need for new conference space in Shelby County. We have said before and continue to believe that such space is needed.

    But we don’t think all of us are discussing the same sort of facility.

    What this community needs – and should be pursuing – is a civic center, a building that can hold the coveted meetings among visitors while also serving as a central gathering venue for the largest and most important functions in Shelby County.

  • Yesterday, when I was young

    I’ve heard it said that you know you are getting older when your former classmates are so gray and wrinkled and bald that they no longer recognize you.  Perhaps you can identify. 

    I was thinking about things along those lines because this weekend I will be celebrating my birthday.  OK, perhaps “celebrating” is a little strong.  More accurately, this weekend I will be observing my birthday. 

  • We congratulate: School board for its new plan

    The Shelby County School Board approved that new concept for the new Martha Layne Collins Secondary Center, and we are glad they did.

    Whether this is the best decision for the students of Shelby County and the use of land and appropriation of dollars that are ongoing will remain to be seen, but we congratulate the board in finally reaching a decision that everyone seems to have embraced.

  • What we think: Talks at Martinrea are getting tiresome

    Is it just us, or does all this posturing, finger-pointing and name-calling at Martinrea Heavy Stamping seem to be both inappropriate and tiresome?

    The United Auto Workers and company management continue their spat about a new contract, and sometimes it seems that the games they are playing are more the stuff of the Disney Channel than CNBC.

    Let’s be clear about one thing: We’re not taking sides on whether contract offers have been adequate or the process fair. We don’t know enough details about either to make such a value judgment.

  • We’ve lost an extraordinary guy with extraordinary talent

    When I was a kid, the hayloft of our big dairy barn became a recreation center for kids from miles around. Day and night for almost any month of the year, boys would flock there to play basketball on the half court of hardwood I had meticulously kept cleared of that pesky hay.

    We even called the place the Cow Palace, but not because it resembled that famed arena in San Francisco.