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Today's Opinions

  • EARLIER: We congratulate: Montell, Tapp for getting response

    We have pushed and cajoled many to get both effort and answers about the Shelbyville Bypass. The project is woefully behind, and no one seemed concerned about that except for the Shelby Countians who kept asking the questions.

    We voiced those questions and received, in some cases, nebulous responses, until our elected leaders stood up to do as we expect them to do.

    Rep. Brad Montell and Sen. Gary Tapp asked questions, too, and now we have some answers. The bypass may not be completed any faster, but at least we have some explanations.

  • We congratulate: Another fine show coming to a fine finish

    The 20th annual Shelbyville Horse Show is in the barn, and it emerged from a muddy start to be another crowning success for the city, Shelby County and all who call them home.

    This has become the signature event of Shelby County each year, and it serves well in elevating the county’s status, creating prestige and bringing dollars into the public trough.

    No, the horse show is not for everyone. Most of you did not attend, and many of you couldn’t give a horsefly if it even happens. That’s understandable.

  • What we think: The county fair needs some old ideas

    The Shelby County Fair A&M Board is feeling a pinch after its recent Shelby County Fair started reasonably well and then lost all momentum in a deluge of rainstorms and heat. Attendance flagged, and the economic balance of the event has become more fragile than had been expected.

    But the deteriorating attendance at the 2009 fair cannot solely be placed at the feet of climatology and public apathy.

    The fair simply has gotten too expensive for the average family.

  • What we think: Trails to park are a good step

    We like the idea of building more trails in Shelby County for walkers, runners and cyclists. We believe any county that contributes heavily to a state with such a poor record for obesity should make any health-related concept a high priority.

    And we agree with letter writer Abby Cottongim’s suggestion that a good place to start is to link the residential streets of Shelbyville to Clear Creek Park.

  • EARLIER: What we think: We as citizens deserve answers

    Honorable Brad Montell

    Honorable Gary Tapp  

    We sure are glad you got those folks from Kay and Kay Contracting to agree to meet with you this week.

    Somebody needs to set those guys down and have a quiet word with them about how they took our money -- $26.5 million! – to build us a 4.5 miles of road and so far left us with a lot of dirt and disruption.

    If it weren’t so sad, we might think it was funny to call them Highwaymen. It feels like we’re getting held up.

  • The church: the ultimate 3G network

     I have recently been thinking about the church. Not just local churches like Shelby Christian, where I minister, but the church nationally and globally – and about the impact it is (or isn’t) making in the world.

  • The first lady

    The names Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth will forever be linked in the first-ever assassination of a U.S. President.

    Not so well remembered are the eight co-conspirators in the assassination -- one of whom grimly became an historic first herself.

    It was 144 years ago Tuesday in Washington that, alongside three of the other conspirators (George Atzerodt, David Herold and Lewis Powell), Mary Surratt became the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government.

  • What we think: Rep. Guthrie's visit is an opportunity for you

    The visit to Shelby County this Friday by Rep. Brett Guthrie is an opportunity in democracy that most Shelby Countians don’t typically have and even less often grasp.

    Too frequently these days our national politicians don’t show up in their districts until they need money, votes or, typically, more of both.

    That’s why Mr. Guthrie’s stop here is such a uniquely wonderful moment for all of us.