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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor, April 15, 2015

     

    In support of the tourism tax

     

    I am writing to support the restaurant tax that is currently before the Shelbyville City Council.  Having served as Mayor [of Shelbyville], I know how difficult it is to vote for a tax.  There is no perfect tax.  We passed the occupational tax back many years ago after federal revenue sharing was eliminated and over a third of our budget disappeared overnight. 

  • WHAT WE THINK: We should not waste these opportunities

    On Monday, gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin stopped in Shelbyville for a meet-and-greet session at the Bell House on Main Street.
    However, very few people came out to either meet or greet Mr. Bevin, in this his second Shelbyville stop in the campaign season.
    With several Republican candidates for governor set to battle in the primary in May, voters are doing themselves a disservice by not attending these meetings – and that includes Democrats, as well.

  • WHAT WE THINK: We should not waste these opportunities

    On Monday, gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin stopped in Shelbyville for a meet-and-greet session at the Bell House on Main Street.
    However, very few people came out to either meet or greet Mr. Bevin, in this his second Shelbyville stop in the campaign season.
    With several Republican candidates for governor set to battle in the primary in May, voters are doing themselves a disservice by not attending these meetings – and that includes Democrats, as well.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Our flood heroes

    As epic rains pounded Shelby County on Friday and caused flooding on city and county streets and throughout basements and crawl spaces, a few brave people were on the prowl looking to help.

    Our local firefighters, police and emergency responders were not tucked up on the couch reading a book or watching TV, instead they were out in the rain saving lives and helping some that had made poor decisions.

    On three different occasions, first responders used boats or walked out to those stuck in cars that had tried to cross large pools of standing water.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Our flood heroes

    As epic rains pounded Shelby County on Friday and caused flooding on city and county streets and throughout basements and crawl spaces, a few brave people were on the prowl looking to help.

    Our local firefighters, police and emergency responders were not tucked up on the couch reading a book or watching TV, instead they were out in the rain saving lives and helping some that had made poor decisions.

    On three different occasions, first responders used boats or walked out to those stuck in cars that had tried to cross large pools of standing water.

  • MY WORD: Opposes restaurant tax, support virtuous citizens

    The American founders believed in the equal protection of all the peoples’ rights and thus insured that all would have the freedom to prosper.

    The Shelbyville City Council's restaurant tax operates to negate those protections. At the last workshop the council discussed how best to spend the tax money, not whether they should collect a tax or not.

  • MY WORD: Avoiding tax, finding Right To Work and tort reform

    My apologies for the clumsy paragraph in the March 11 column “Avoiding tax while revitalizing with private money.” The clarification by the editor didn’t reflect my feelings about these two projects, one of which is a done deal—the $500,000 “gift” for the Blue Gables project.

  • Letters to the Editor, April 8, 2015

    An opportunity for Human Rights Commission

     

    I find it odd and disturbing that the chair of our local human rights commission would resign in response to a Kentucky Commission on Human Rights resolution in support of, well, human rights.