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Today's Opinions

  • EARLIER: What we think: Fiscal Court has made a bold bid for Harley

    Though the minutes of its meeting will not mention the name Harley-Davidson, Shelby County Fiscal Court’s vote Tuesday morning may well have been the most  significant card the county could play in its bid to lure Harley-Davidson’s plant from southern Pennsylvania.

    By voting to introduce a zoning change on two large parcels of land that would be appropriately positioned for such an industry, Fiscal Court has confronted what is likely the most sensitive aspect of this project with unprecedented boldness.

  • EARLIER: My Word: Let's send the money directly to the students

    I recently read Rep. Brett Guthrie’s explanation for voting against the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, and I was very surprised by his statement that he feared it would be “a government takeover of the student loan industry,” The main crux of this piece of legislation was to end the subsidies to private student loan companies and send that money directly to the students.

  • EARLIER: A whole new perspective on Veteran's Day

    It almost is embarrassing me to admit that for most of my life Veteran’s Day has been more of an amorphous interruption of the mail and bank schedules that I had to endure than any sort of sanctioned holiday.

    School was in session, and there was no paid respite from work. Veteran’s Day was just sort of there, a poor, red-numbered step holiday to its more famous cousin in May, Memorial Day.

  • My Word: A most simple gift can have amazing power

     The power of a simple gift is one of the most amazing powers there is.  From China to Peru, Samaritan’s Purse has been busy sending shoebox gifts to hurting and poor children.  Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has delivered more than 61 million shoebox gifts to boys and girls in 130 nations.  Because of this program, children and their families all over the world are impacted and find hope through Jesus.

  • This is a game that makes you want to twist and shout

    I endured one of those terrible traumas recently that I had hoped never would occur in my lifetime and pray never happens to you.

    On Thursday night, I had to be in my car for about an hour in the late evening. It was a quiet night, not much traffic. No rainfall, even if the sky wasn’t clear.

    And then it happened, as if the fates had reached out and grabbed me by the shirt and dragged me into a new vortex of reality.

    I turned on my radio to listen to a bit of the World Series, and it wasn’t there!

  • What we think: Police ideas are just a first shot

    We commend the Shelbyville Police Department for its consideration of a new training schedule at its firing range, a schedule that would ensure live bullets don’t fly during traditional school hours.

    That sort of immediate and aggressive response is important in moments of significant public concern, and we can’t be too strong in our underscoring that this is a very important public concern.

  • We congratulate: Mayor Hardesty on his recovery

    We, like many citizens of Shelbyville, were stunned and concerned last week to learn of the emergency health problems confronted by Mayor Tom Hardesty.

    We certainly are pleased that he is on the mend and headed toward home and back to work.

  • Our roads well traveled lead to natural beauty

    If you have looked at the Neighbors section today, you have seen one person’s guidebook map for a way to enjoy fall in Shelby County.

    For natives and longtime residents, such a route can be drawn and redrawn, and the outcome is always simple and satisfying. There is no definitive navigation for the beauty we all enjoy.