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Opinion

  • There are many metaphors to describe the idea that something big is coming. Sleeping dogs. Sleeping giants. Runaway trains. Quiet volcanoes. Rechargeable batteries….wait, what?

    Well, admittedly rechargeable batteries don’t have the poetic value of the others, but the idea remains. Rechargeable batteries are energy accumulators. When recharging, they are gearing up for the work they must perform in the future. When recharging, they are preparing for the moment when they can transfer their stored energy. When recharging, they are building and growing.

  • I have been following with great interest how the United States government has approached three great embarrassments: Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, and Edward Snowden. No one disputes that what those men revealed was true. Yet Americans are divided (in what percentages, I do not know) as to whether these are traitors or heroes.

  • We’re glad that there will be a race in 2014 for Kentucky’s seat in the United States Senate.

    We were fearing that the perceived walkover that incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell is approaching was about to become a reality, that Sen. McConnell would get 6 more years by default.

    But now that the actor and the Miss America have withdrawn from consideration, Alison Lundergan Grimes, our secretary of state, has stepped forward to carry the banner for the Democrats.

  • There has been a lot of activity surrounding the much-needed new interchange for KY 55 at Interstate 64, and we’re not talking about the ongoing and constant bustle of construction.

    This interchange – whose status was pushed forward for immediate repair because its decades-old design had left an unacceptably short and imminently dangerous merge/acceleration lane eastbound – continues to be a tempest of debate and demands for help, despite the fact that construction is not even halfway completed.

  • This was supposed to be about my July 4th and a unique opportunity to watch celebratory bombs bursting in air over the harbor area of an American city far older than the Declaration of Independence, which would be Beaufort, S.C., founded circa 1711.

    But given the deluge I left with those of you at home, given all the efforts to produce and ignite fireworks that had to be shelved day after day and finally for more than a week or two, understanding the holiday cabin fever that beset you, that would have seemed a bit self-serving.

  • Shelbyville City Council member Mike Zoeller made a really good point during a recent council meeting, a point we would encourage him to make again – only louder.

    When discussing the federal Fair Housing Law that the city council was about to sign so that it could move forward with its plans to acquire a grant so that the historic Blue Gables property on Main Street could be purchased and restored, Mr. Zoeller asked this:

  • We have to commend the East Kentucky Power Cooperative for its good judgment.

    The company announced last week that it was in negotiations to acquire property north of Interstate 64 to construct its new substation at Simpsonville, a facility required because of expected demand for the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville.

    The placement of that substation, which will link high-voltage lines from a substation near KY 55 in Shelbyville, had been the point of much consternation for officials and residents.

  • I was maybe 10 or 12 when I first met Lloyd Redman. On warm, sunny afternoons in the spring and summer, he sometimes would show up at our farm near Simpsonville with my Uncle Pat, and they would, with my Granddaddy’s advice, traipse among our four large lakes and couple of small ponds until they found a fish or two who were interested in their bait.

  • We have spent more than a week now questioning how a 15-year-old girl who by all outward indications had friends, attended school and had relationships and some semblance of a family ends up drowned in a remote, industrial area of Clear Creek on a warm spring morning.

    Such a tragedy is not a normal part of life in Shelby County – if anywhere – and there are important questions that must be asked until we understand how Jackleen Lane, 15, walked away from her life and breathed her final, perhaps troubled breaths.

  • The conclusion of the Shelby County Fair is a sad day for fair fans and a happy day for organizers, who devote countless hours and immeasurable amounts of blood, sweat and tears to producing the show each year. For the first time in weeks, they can go about their regular lives and maybe even get a little rest.

    This event is such an iconic element of Shelby County, a celebration of its history and its residents, and we appreciate those who give so much to benefit so many.

  • Health-care exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act take effect Jan. 1 of next year, but a key group will be left out of important premium tax credits if a bill introduced last week in the Senate isn’t enacted.

  • In 2008, when Barack Obama was elected, I have to admit I was a bit unsure but also enthusiastic. After all, exhausted with the Bush presidency, how could I not be excited about our first African-American president? John McCain, outstanding American and war hero notwithstanding, was not a leader I could or would rally around anyway. I did not vote in 2008. but once Obama was elected, I was glad in a way for a change and anxious to see what fresh leadership he would bring.

  • They say that the most difficult task in sports is to hit a baseball, to strike a round ball, heaved as fast as 100 mph, with a round bat squarely, which by description seems impossible. The very best who try fail a majority of the time.

  • There have been many athletes from Shelby County who have performed on big stages – some have played for major championships in the collegiate ranks – but it is arguable that no one had earned a chance to perform in perhaps the most important event his sport conducts.

    But there was Brandon Brown of Shelbyville teeing up his golf ball on Thursday and Friday in the United States Open Golf Championship, the biggest tournament in the sport.

  • We are beginning to feel almost as bad for the folks from CVS who are building a new pharmacy in Shelbyville as we do for every member of our community and certainly any visitors who pass by its location at the corner of U.S. 60 and KY 55.

    That’s because right there next to this fast-moving new commercial property remains the decaying, depressing and long-condemned bricks and mortar that once were the Wesley Apartments.

  • You may wonder what a cemetery, theater and pet portraits have to do with one another. The answer is Arts & History Day – one of Leadership Shelby Class of 2013’s spring outings. The goal of the day’s activities was to acquaint us with the community resources for art and to provide an understanding of Shelby County’s history.

  • After stepping from the shower on Saturday evening, I was greeted by a house full of smoke.

    The windows were open, a fan was blowing, the door between the kitchen and living room was closed, and I was stunned that I wasn’t being roused by the overbearing blare of a smoke alarm. Or maybe that was a bad sign.

    Should I call 9-1-1? Was everyone OK? Where were the flames? What had blown up?

    Well, no and nothing.

  • The spats and the horror now can be put behind us, and it’s time for all of us to unite and focus on the next big thing in our community:
    An outlet mall is being built in Simpsonville.

    That’s not news, we realize – certainly not to those homeowners who will live in proximity to this 374,000-square-foot enterprise – but the truth of the matter is that the opening next year of the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville creates an important milestone in the evolution of our Shelby County.

  • Duanne Puckett may have retired last week from her role in publicizing Shelby County Public Schools – sort of her second retirement after leaving the leadership position of this newspaper in 1998 – but she won’t be retiring from the role of a lifetime.

    That’s because Ms. Puckett, for all her accomplishments – she is a member of the University of Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, among dozens of other stellar achievements – is a role model.