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Today's Opinions

  • Hold off on fertilization for now

    Our current weather conditions demand that we rethink some of our fall chores.

    Fall lawn and tree fertilization should come later this year then normal because of the drought conditions. An application of high nitrogen now would only burn up what little green grass you may have and force trees to work more then they should under stressful conditions.

    Even if you irrigate the lawn and water is not an issue, you still want to hold off because our lawns also share space with the roots of our trees and shrubs and will have access to the applied nitrogen.

  • Let's all recycle

    I am 9 years old, and I would like to tell everyone about our Shelbyville Recycling Center and the nice people who work there. I am learning about "going green" in home schooling. We started recycling, and we took a tour of the recycling center. We saw what we could recycle and what we couldn't recycle. A couple of weeks later, we took our recyclables to the same place and they truly seemed happy to see us again. They were so helpful. We drove up, and they even helped us unload our car!

  • A personal note to Simpsonville

    As a person with a vested interest, I have but three words to the Simpsonville City Council about its consideration of building a downtown along the U.S. 60 corridor: Please be careful.

    Though I grew up about a mile outside its borders, for the first two decades of my life I went to it or through Simpsonville for just about everything. I called Simpsonville home, even if my address was Rural Route 2, Shelbyville.

    Always affectionately known as Simp, this was place of, you might say, simplicity: quaint, quiet and quintessentially personal.

  • Exciting find in Shelby County

    On Saturday a week ago, my wife, two guests from Kansas and I had the opportunity to take a tour of a Saddlebred horse farm with our guide, Charlie Kramer, executive director of Shelby County Tourism Bureau. Charlie was very knowledgeable and was patient answering all our questions about the farm, the horses and the history of Shelbyville and made us feel he truly wanted us to learn.

  • A trip to the farm, and the 'good old days'

    Last weekend, my wife and I loaded up the front-wheel drive sleigh and headed to the country for one of those long-standing, old-fashioned family traditions that we just started - picking apples.

    It was the perfect afternoon for a relaxing, quiet day on the farm. The sun was shining, a light breeze was blowing, and the temperature was a comfortable 80 degrees.

    So we headed to Huber Farms, which is just outside the Louisville metropolitan area in the rolling hills of Floyd's Knobs, Ind., to spend the day with Joe Huber and his family and about 30,000 of our closest friends.

  • A testament to goodness

    This only could have happened in a town of the size and style of Shelbyville, one with spirit and soul.

    And it's a quintessential reason why you might always have preferred Mayberry to Manhattan (even if there's no doubt that you are a BIG fan of the Big Apple).

    This scene could be cast and played in many places across the country and the world, to be sure, but few visitors would believe it could happen.

    Some would snicker. Some would guffaw. Most would shake their heads.

  • Think about buying American

    After the trauma subsided over our decision to accept the offer of the O'Brien Team for our 78-year-old family business [Pearce Motors], I began to think about the future of American manufacturing in general and the three remaining American car manufacturers in particular.

  • What makes Shelby different? You

    You leave your old Kentucky home as a teenager and move hundreds of miles away. You get a college education in a mid-sized town and move to a larger one. You know people and work with them, and you have family members nearby. You feel comforted if not content.

    Work takes you hundreds more miles away, to a bigger, sprawling city that is far more plastic and soulless than you can imagine.