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Today's Opinions

  • We congratulate: Citizens who ensured July 4 didn't fizzle

    Lost among the sparkles and thunder of the Independence Day weekend were the unselfish contributions of citizens who made sure Shelby Countians could celebrate the right way.

    If you recall, the Parks Board had announced it would not have a fireworks show this year because it was too expensive and too lightly attended. Too many citizens watched from their patios and decks, it seems.

  • The name game is a tough one

    One of the most basic facts a newspaper tries desperately to have correct is the spelling of a name. It’s a one of those slap-your-wrists fundamentals we learned at journalism school, because our errors endure in ink on paper.

    Even if every other fact is wrong, we want that one to be right. And, frankly, when it comes to cops and courts, we have to be extra careful. You wouldn’t want to have a wrong name in an arrest report of a serial killer.

    We know we sometimes err, but we sweat the small stuff all the time.

  • What we think: School board's punt on stadium is senseless

    The Shelby County School Board’s delay on approval of the plan for athletic facilities at Martha Layne Collins High School has us a bit perplexed.

    The item on the board’s agenda Thursday was to approve the construction plan and to allow bids to be let on a football/soccer/track stadium and a baseball/softball complex. The action is required now to be able to complete construction in time for those seasons in the 2010-11 school year, when Collins will be open.

  • Michael: Another legend who will live on in a single word

    Word spread by e-mail, phone and Facebook. It was a bolt of lightning, and each of us simply wanted to touch it and pass it along. Thursday night before the sun was close to the horizon, we learned that Michael Jackson was dead. If you’re younger than 25 or older than 65, you may not care so much.

  • We congratulate: A local guy who did the right thing

    Much has been written recently about the spendthrift ways in which the Kentucky Association of Counties has taken care of taxpayers’ money.

    The Herald-Leader in Lexington has examined – exhaustively – the spending practices of many organizations funded by taxpayers, and KACo, as it is known, has been squarely under its lenses.

    That group, a coalition of county officials from across Kentucky, has spent thousands on such frivolous concepts as tickets for board members to the Kentucky Derby and the Ryder Cup.

  • The Founders’ Declaration of ‘In-Dependence’

    This weekend as we celebrate the 4th of July, millions of Americans will have cookouts, go swimming, play corn-hole, and watch fireworks.  A few of them will actually pause for a moment to reflect upon what the day is all about.

    Of course, the 4th of July is our national Independence Day, memorializing the day our Founding Fathers declared their independence from Great Britain.

  • 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.