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Today's Opinions

  • We congratulate: Those who help save stray animals

    Shelby County’s animal shelters are now touting themselves as the first in the state to earn the status of no-kill.

    That means that at least 90 percent of the animals they take in are preserved, and that seems a lofty level of success, given that hundreds of homeless creatures are collected each year.

    And many of you deserve to share in that accomplishment.

    We know it’s cool to have a hot breed of dog purchased directly from a breeder, but isn’t there something more enduring in finding an animal that is in need of a home and giving it one?

  • What we think: Cutting expenses is the right approach

    Gov. Steve Beshear is saying he will approach the state’s revenue shortfall without adding any new taxes.

    After hitting cigarette and alcohol buyers hard with new – and appropriate – revenue expansions in February, he says he will look to expense cutting as a way to bring balance to his increasingly imbalanced books.

  • Be afraid, be very afraid

    I recently heard a story about trumpet legend Louis Armstrong, who grew up in rural Louisiana in the early 1900s.

    Armstrong told about how his Aunt Haddie Mae sent him down to the pond to fetch a bucket of water.  As he leaned over to get the water, an alligator surfaced and nearly scared him to death.

  • You want to know who ‘we’ are? Here’s the answer

    "Who are we? Who? Who? Who? Who?”

    With all due respect to The Who, a British rock band of some historic repute, some of you are wondering “who are we?”

    As ungrammatical as that sounds  -- and it’s not, by the way – it’s a viable question about this newspaper, our Opinion page and how it’s produced.

    In the upper left corner of this page, you will find a small headline that says, imperially, “What we think.”

  • What we think: Family, public deserve facts in Duckett's case

    Where is James Duckett’s killer?

    Increasingly the public and family members ask that question, but the answers become fewer and fewer and farther and farther between.

    More than six months have passed since Duckett was brutally slain at his home on Rockbridge Road in eastern Shelby County.

    From the first moments after the murder, Kentucky State Police investigators have been frustratingly tightlipped about the investigation and how it was progressing.

  • We congratulate: Artavia Acklin, teacher of the year

    There is no greater professional reward than to be chosen as the best among your peers.

    And because of that Artavia Acklin must feel very proud these days.

    She was chosen the Teacher of the Year for Shelby County.

    Teaching is a wonderful profession that attracts a very special breed of individual. There’s a dedication and commitment to excellence that is overpowering.

  • What we think: New SCHS principal must communicate

    We welcome to our community the new principal at Shelby County High School.

    Eddie Oakley arrives from Lexington Dunbar with a broad base of experience on his resume, a reputation for being a good guy and a self-proclaimed focus on how data informs a school’s culture.

    He won’t take over until July 1, but we suspect Mr. Oakley already is being sought by those with advice to extend, parents who take very personally the environment and productivity of the leaders of their children’s education.

  • We congratulate: Elisabeth Martin, Miss Kentucky State

    When Shelby County native Elisabeth Martin became the first white woman to be voted  Miss Kentucky State University, her accomplishment was much greater than simply winning a pageant.

    Ms. Martin has knocked down a barrier that was in its isolated way was just as steadfast as those broken by Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King Jr., even if the resistance was not nearly so tragic.