Today's Opinions

  • What we think: Commission must operate in sunshine

    Attorney General Jack Conway’s ruling last week that Triple S Planning & Zoning Commission had operated in violation of the state’s open-meetings law is a troubling revelation.

    Disputes about meetings and public notifications are routine. Journalists and special-interest groups keep watch, and they sometimes blow the whistle about whether the law is being followed.

  • What we think: Many of you are our gifts

    Christmas is a time to see and understand heroes.

    They may stand by kettles ringing bells, bundle up against the cold to deliver food and gifts. They may work hard year around to collect nickels and dimes to buy coats for those who need them or just show up for an event and throw out cash for a good cause.

  • Christmas is merry and bright especially if the tree is aright

    OK, so if you ever have known me – or even picked up on the vibes written here – you probably understand that the Christmas spirit is part of my DNA.

  • My Word: The saga of a Santa Claus

     Growing up, my family had dueling Santas with the Goldblatts across the street.

  • What we think: New bypass date isn't convincing

    We were pleased to read last week that state transportation officials now believe the Shelbyville Bypass likely will be completed by Labor Day of 2010.

    We would not have believed that forecast if it had come from the project’s contractors, Kay And Kay Contracting. That company’s owner – Bill Robinson – told us in August that its work was about 80 percent complete.

  • The ghosts of Christmas teach us about gifts we sometimes overlook

    On a cold, blowy, darkest of nights, I was awakened with a start by a presence in my room, not that of a child or a pet or even a Japanese beetle but of something the likes of which I’d never seen, sort of an eerie being that seemed to loom.

    He arrived not in Victorian bedclothes but in a work uniform with his name on his breast, his face creased with hard work and palms rough but strong, many muscles rippling in his chest.

  • Christmas shopping brings Joy to the World (at least until the bill comes)

     A man was walking down the street when he saw a sign outside a shop that read, “Talking Dog for Sale.”

    Intrigued, he entered the store to learn more. Though he was more than a bit skeptical and felt very foolish for doing so, he addressed the dog directly. “So, what have you done with your life?” he asked.

    Much to the man’s amazement, the dog replied in fluent English.

  • My Word: This is what it means to rob a small-business

    When you rob a small business – when you rob ME – you are doing more than just taking the cash necessary to acquire your fix.

    When you rob a small business you are, first and foremost, violating a sacred space. This shop is built on my dreams and, literally, on my blood, sweat and tears. This shop is my child. I have created it, grown it, nurtured and fed it. I love it. And you hurt it – which makes me angry and also hurts me.