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Today's Opinions

  • My Word: Iran's problems touch us at home

    During the last couple of weeks, the world, or my world rather, has been fixated with Iran.  The Iranian people, like they do every four years, went to the polls to elect a president.  Only this time it was predetermined.  The Iranian people didn’t have a say.  The government chose for them. 

  • We congratulate: Teamwork shown in burglary arrest

    Law enforcement officials in six counties worked together recently to arrest a man they believe is responsible for dozens of burglaries.

    We shall see if their arrest carries through to conviction, but we are buoyed by the teamwork we saw from the Shelbyville Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Simpsonville Police and agencies from around the region.

  • Auto vacations still aren't as simple as we once had hoped

     I remember when I was a boy bemoaning our 16-hour rides to visit my grandmother in south Mississippi that my Dad would tell me that someday, in my lifetime, I would be able to get in a car, tell it where I wanted it to go and just let it take me there. The roads and something we didn’t even know – technology – would do the rest.

  • What we think: Here's a sure bet to raise revenue

    We would like to offer an entirely new plan for how to expand state revenue and subsidize the ailing horse-racing industry.

    Instead of installing slot machines at race tracks, how about we simply set odds on the actions of our state legislators?

    They seem to be more fickle than a filly, and you don’t necessarily need to know the pedigree or quarter-mile time to pick a winner.

    A $2 wager on any piece of legislation likely would return a handsome payout, and with each delay, amendment and revision, your betting options continually expand.

  • To answer many questions, we have to connect the dots

    I read recently about a census taker who went up to a farmhouse in a rural area and knocked at the door. When a woman came to the door, he asked her how many children she had and their ages. 

    The woman replied, "Let’s see now.  There's the twins, Sally and Billy, they're thirty-two.  There’s the twins, Seth and Beth, they're twenty-six.  And there’s the twins, Penny and Jenny, they're twenty-four. "

  • What we think: Study of East end is a nice beginning

    The City of Shelbyville’s plan to do an extensive study about its East end is an appropriate step toward fulfilling the city’s potential as a destination for both residents and visitors.

    This most historic area, somewhat preserved in the blocks from 2nd and 3rd Streets between Main and Washington, has an unexploited opportunity to become the eastern gateway into a thriving and eclectic downtown.

    And the timing for this new study could not be more appropriate.

  • We congratulate: Mr. Andriot's latest venture

     

    He has taken another historic building that for years housed The Armstrong Agency and turned it into what he hopes will be an upscale Tuscan/Mediterranean eatery, called The Bell House.

    And we like that idea quite a lot.

    Shelbyville needs a continued insurgence of energy, and Mr. Andriot – as with his brother, Bill, and his father, William – long have provided power to new looks and new initiatives that have improved our county seat. Mr. Andriot has led many parades, and this new one could strike a wonderful chord for our future.

  • Our roads are well traveled but our lessons are not well learned

    That could have been you or me, you know.

    That tragically dead teenager lying on a piece of farm land along one of Shelby County’s tight and treacherous roads could just as easily have been one of us.

    Maybe you knew and today mourn Samantha Mathus-Cooper. Maybe you knew someone else who was driving or riding our roads one night and simply never made it home.

    Or maybe it’s a bit of both.

    These tragedies never leave us, and yet they never really do justice to the person who gave a life, either.