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Today's Opinions

  • The glory, honor, and (dark side) of China

    Regardless of which country walks away from Beijing with the most medals, China will likely be the real winner of this year's Olympic Games: that is, if it can avoid getting a black eye in the media.

    The fact that the games are being held in China is truly quite amazing.

    Just 40 years ago, the thought of China hosting such an event would have been absolutely absurd. At that time, China was a backward, volatile, third world country dealing with starvation and under the reign of a madman named Mao Ze Dong who caused the death of millions of his own countrymen.

  • Thanks for supporting hospital

    As long time employees of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, we would like to thank the physicians of Shelby Family Medicine for their unwavering support of the facility and the nursing staff.

  • No conspiracy

    In response to the letter 07-23-2008 by Yvonne Clark, concerning the passage of the Charles & Helen Crabtree Stables, Inc. request for a two acre minor subdivision plat, accusing the Planning & Zoning Board of conspiring to pass the minor subdivision plat because of power and influence is simply and plainly wrong and could not be further from the truth.

  • Extreme view

    Reading the July 16, 2008 issue letter to the editor "Scary," I find Ms. Packard's view rather extreme.

    Ms. Packard does point out some features of this new federal mandate that individual states and parents need to be aware and cautious. Presently, 11 states have enacted legislation to restrict DNA's various uses and regulate privacy to families and individuals.

  • Does God answer prayers about gas prices?

    Pray at the Pump is a new movement to enlist God's power to lower gas prices. Activist Rocky Twyman, of the Washington, D.C. area, began the group a few months ago because soup kitchen volunteers were unable to drive in from the suburbs because of rising gas prices. So Twyman started the prayer groups.

    People met at gas stations to ask God to give them lower gas prices. So, when prices went down, they gathered to thank God for the recent dip in prices.

    However, I'm not so sure it is God's plan to lower our gas prices. Why should He?

  • Great 'happening'

    Was anyone in the Shelbyville"s Downtown area on Saturday night (July 26) to see the crowds gather? At first I thought only a "Santa" appearance could attract such a turnout! But low and behold it was the first Shelby Co. Car Club's Cruise that closed 4th-7th streets. The air was filled with music from the fantastic street dance band and every inch of the pavement was occupied with a multitude of classic and phenomenal automobiles. Everyone was in a festive mood and the predicted rain never materialized.

  • Finding A Little Kentucky In Vegas... Sort Of

    Talk about a culture shock.

    After living in Vegas for nearly two months -- the city that never sleeps -- I've returned to Farm-town USA -- Shelbyville, Ky.

    Gone are the constant beeps of slot machines, the bumper-to-bumper traffic, the 24/7 crowded sidewalks full of insomniacs, the free drinks in casinos, and the miles of sand that surround the hot and dry Neon City.

    I'm back where it's quiet, the traffic flows, the sidewalks are empty, people sleep too much, booze costs money, and the grass grows.

  • Once again

    Once again, power and influence take over the law.

    On Tuesday night, the Triple S Planning Commission, back under the direction of George Best, continued their quest to totally ignore the zoning regulations. This time it was Scott Merchant who led the charge.