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Today's Opinions

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Our community’s efforts to remain tight-knit

    We have long pegged Shelby County as a tight-knit community, but we must admit each fall we are amazed at the number of festivals celebrated in our communities and at the number of people that show for each one.

    In September and in to October area residents could spend every Saturday at a free event with their friends, family and neighbors and never have to leave the county.

    From Simpsonville to Bagdad and Finchville to Southville, there is something for everyone, everywhere.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Our community’s efforts to remain tight-knit

    We have long pegged Shelby County as a tight-knit community, but we must admit each fall we are amazed at the number of festivals celebrated in our communities and at the number of people that show for each one.

    In September and in to October area residents could spend every Saturday at a free event with their friends, family and neighbors and never have to leave the county.

    From Simpsonville to Bagdad and Finchville to Southville, there is something for everyone, everywhere.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sept. 16, 2015

    Support our parks system

    We are blessed in our community to have such a wonderful park system.

    Shelbyville, Shelby County Parks and Recreation consists of many parks throughout our county – Clear Creek Park, Red Orchard Park, Shelby Trail Park and Finchville Park just to name a few. Over the year I have spent many, many hours in these parks, just like many I know.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sept. 16, 2015

    Support our parks system

    We are blessed in our community to have such a wonderful park system.

    Shelbyville, Shelby County Parks and Recreation consists of many parks throughout our county – Clear Creek Park, Red Orchard Park, Shelby Trail Park and Finchville Park just to name a few. Over the year I have spent many, many hours in these parks, just like many I know.

  • MY WORD: A shifting change in our culture

    In a simple web search, I’ve found some startling statistics:

    (l) In 1960 about 5 percent of births in the United States were to unmarried mothers; in 2014 that percentage was 42 percent.

    (2) In 1960 no one was receiving food stamps; in 2014 about 45 million families receive food stamps.

    (3) In 1960 about 60 percent of adults in America were attending church regularly; in 2014 that percentage was 21 percent; from 2000 to 2010 for each 1,000 churches that started up in the United States, 4,000 closed.

  • WHAT WE THINK: With issues identified it’s time to find solutions

    Last week we attended a meeting put together by the Shelby County Community Foundation and Metro United Way and we must say we were pleased and surprised.

    Pleased because assessing the needs of a community is not only a massive undertaking it is also a somewhat thankless job.

    As Leon Mooneyhan, CEO of the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative and member of both the SCCF and Shelbyville Metro United Way boards, put it, ““The expectation isn’t that this is all of the needs, but it’s a significant start.”

  • WHAT WE THINK: With issues identified it’s time to find solutions

    Last week we attended a meeting put together by the Shelby County Community Foundation and Metro United Way and we must say we were pleased and surprised.

    Pleased because assessing the needs of a community is not only a massive undertaking it is also a somewhat thankless job.

    As Leon Mooneyhan, CEO of the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative and member of both the SCCF and Shelbyville Metro United Way boards, put it, ““The expectation isn’t that this is all of the needs, but it’s a significant start.”

  • WE CONGRATULATE: The growth of Martinsville’s celebration

    One year ago, as we all came back to work fresh off a three-day holiday weekend one of our community’s was in mourning.

    A shooting in Martinsville, on the heels of the neighborhood’s annual Labor Day events, left many in shock and awe that such an event would happen as the day’s festivities had just wound down.

    At that point it would have been easy for the residents to pack up their parade and get together. They could have used the shooting as a reason to give up on the long established Shelbyville neighborhood.