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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: City Center needs support from all of us

     Shelby Countians are astride a streaking steed of positive energy and community spirit these days.

    Martha Layne Collins High School is growing into a new destination for many of our children.

    The potential – however uncertain – that Harley-Davidson could choose our chunk of the Bluegrass as the site for its largest plant has just about everyone giddy with hope and wonder.

    A new judicial center is sprouting in steel and wood from the ancient soil at Fourth and Main.

  • EARLIER: What we think: City Center show must go on

    Successful entertainment comes from a vivid imagination, from a cell of creativity that is given birth as a living, breathing reality of words, music and scenery. Do that process well, and you are left with a creation we can cherish, an everlasting benefit to everyone.

    And now we know that such conception has been happening in Shelby County, and we, too, could be delivered a bundle of boundless benefit for all.

  • We congratulate: A vibrant library that serves us well

    One of the treasures of Shelby County that gets much less attention that it deserves is the Shelby County Public Library.

    We are not here to shill for the community – indeed, we want to cast a critical eye of inspiration – but we have to admit how impressed we have been with the library.

    Large communities may take such amenities for granted, but those in charge in Shelby County have thought big and performed well when it comes to extending the branch of literacy for all to accept.

  • 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.