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Opinion

  • With apologies to Clement Moore:

    Twas midnight on Christmas, and all through the land.

    The party was roaring, there was plenty of bourbon on hand.

    The children were restless, Christmas dancing in their heads.

    There was so much noise, they barely could stay in their beds.

    And I in my best Eddie Bauer and Mom in her new rabbit wrap

    Were just sitting in our corner, asking our server for a nightcap.

    When outside by the parking lot, we heard a big ol’ noise.

  • It turns out I hate oak trees.

    Sure they grow big and full, provide tons of shade and are a very hearty hardwood that makes for great furniture, floors and even firewood.

    But they are also the bane of my existence come late fall and into winter.

    I have two giant oak trees in my front yard and for three, or maybe two-and-a-half, seasons they are wonderful.

  • For more than 30 years Glenn and Dennis Moore have been servicing Shelby County.

    Now ready to take some time off, the Moores are planning to put their feet and rest a while, a well-deserved rest too.

    And while their decision to retire and close the shop is a loss for the driving public of Shelby County, we still marvel at the time they put in making sure our cars were running and safe.

  • We were pleased to see the Shelby County Fiscal Court move forward last week and pass an alcohol ordinance that included Sunday package sales.

    The court saw the ability to expand our services while upholding the will of the people after residents in Shelby County overwhelmingly voted to make the county wet earlier this year.

    Now, just because we are in favor of the new expanded alcohol sales and adding them on Sunday doesn’t mean we want to see a liquor store on every corner… and we won’t.

  • Over the last several decades Black Friday has been known to bring out the worst in people.

    We’ve all seen it – shoppers trampled, pushed, shoved, cursed at and fighting over a cheap TV or the must-have holiday toy of the season.

    It’s the saddest display of what a consumer driven society can do to people.

    And while shoppers can be difficult to deal with throughout the holiday season, one troubling trend we’ve seen across the commonwealth, and even nationwide, is the rudeness going both ways.

  • Saturday was a big day – and not just because of the instant classic that the universities of Kentucky and Louisville turned in on the football field – it was the day the Martin clan decided to go out and get the season’s Christmas tree.

    I love Christmas – the tree, decorating, the lights, everything and especially with young children.

  • If the Shelbyville City Council has the opportunity to help a local business succeed and no other businesses or individuals would be harmed or displaced because of it, should it not take that option?

    That obvious answer to that question is yes, especially when they annexed and helped put laws in place for that business so it could get started.

    But the council seems to have mixed feelings on helping Jeptha Creed Distillery be able to reach its full potential.

  •  I find myself in a bit of Christmas quandary this week.

    See, the plan in our house this year was to try to instill the Christmas spirit in our 7-year-old son.

    And I don’t mean a big tree – we’ve covered that – more lights and few extra trips to see Santa.

    No, we have that part covered.

    Our kids love Christmas, and they could not be more excited for it to get here. If I’ve heard “I wish today was Christmas morning!” once, I’ve heard it 50 times.

  • What could have been a scary situation was handled calmly, coolly and with the upmost care Saturday when store personnel and county officials quickly handled a potential bomb scare at Walmart in Shelbyville.

    A store employee had noticed a suspicious suitcase sitting outside the Tire and Lube center of the store and alerted store management, who then calmly evacuated the store.

    From there our county officials took over, calling in a bomb squad from Lexington.

  • Apple pie, homemade ice cream, hamburgers and American flags, houses and families nationwide will be decked out in their Red, White and Blue best this weekend to celebrate the 4th of July.

    Barbecues will dot the landscape in the afternoon and early evening before an overabundance of colors takes over our night sky.

  • As senators from Kentucky, we’ve been fortunate to meet the many farmers who help make our state work. Agriculture is a vital part of Kentucky’s economy, and we’ve learned from Kentucky’s farmers that one way to keep our state’s agricultural sector growing is to explore new, viable cash crops for the state. This is why we’ve put our support behind expanding industrial hemp research.

  • “The Greatest of All Time”

    Dear Editor:

    My brother and I went to Louisville last Friday to watch Muhammad Ali’s casket pass by. I will never forget that day. An overwhelming feeling of love and peace pervaded; everyone united in their grief and respect for “The Greatest of All Time.”

  • Former NFL player and coach Herman Edwards can often be found giving opinions on ESPN during football season, and if you go back and listen you can see that Edwards is not very fond of social media platforms, especially Twitter.

    Edwards – who often times is brought in to discuss the moral high ground of decisions along with the X’s and O’s of the game – has a favorite quote when it comes to the instant response time of Tweets: “Don’t hit send.”

  •  Conserving all our natural resources

    Dear Editor:

    With the 47th annual observance of Earth Day, this is a great time to explore more effective ways of slowing climate change and conserving Earth’s natural resources for future generations.

  •  The Shelby County Fiscal Court’s decision to take on the work to let the people vote on the county’s wet/dry/moist status should be met with great applause.

    The idea of allowing package liquor sales in the county is not a new one, but this is the first time the county has lent its full support to the cause.

    Last week the court approved setting aside $15,000 to help attain the signatures needed to get the decision put on the ballot.

  • Republicans all across Kentucky will hold presidential caucuses on March 5 to choose their preferred nominee for president. The caucus is the only chance Kentucky Republicans have to vote for the presidential nominee. There will still be a May 17 primary election for other races, such as State Representative and Shelbyville City Council.

  • Congress needs to work together, not against each other

    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and numerous other senators may have forgotten their “Oath of Office”, when they said they would not even consider a Supreme Court Judge nomination by the current President.  Their Oath of Office is as follows:

  • At what point do we realize that we have already cut to the quick in education?

    The bleeding will not stop, and the newest band-aid will likely need to be applied on our community college system.

    Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget calls for spending cut of 4.5 percent for postsecondary education institutions for the remainder of this fiscal year followed by a whopping 9 percent cut included in budget.

  • Working to find the right answers for our city

    This week I received a note in the mail to our restaurant, Bell House. It was not signed and had no return address. The letter stated that they would not be back in our restaurant and would not vote for me in the next election.

      First of all I appreciate the letter and do respect the one who wrote it, even though they didn’t have the decency to sign it.

  • For the past several months a small Southern Indiana community has been a part of the national news because of an HIV epidemic.

    Scott County, Ind., has a little more than half the population of Shelby County, and Scottsburg, the county seat, is a little less than half the size of Shelbyville.

    In Scott County the leading issue has been Opana, an opiod used for severe pain.

    Users will melt the pills to shoot up for a quicker, more intense high.