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Opinion

  • Periodically Hillsdale College in Michigan sends me a new letter containing a speech recently given to the student body, and a request for funds.

    Once or twice a year I reply with a modest gift because I whole-heartedly believe with what they are trying to do – teaching conservatism.

    It is not done surreptitiously; students and parents know this is going on. At my alma mater there was only one economic theory discussed and that was Keynesian as espoused by Samuelsson – never a word about Adam Smith, Burke, or Rose and Milton Freidman. 

  • A 25th anniversary is nothing to scoff at. Proudly noted with a precious metal, the Silver Anniversary is difficult to obtain in marriage, work and many other areas of life.

    But just making it though 25 years isn’t what makes the Shelbyville Horse Show’s run amazing, it’s the cultural impact it has left on the community in that time.

    Since its inception, the Shelbyville Horse Show has grown from a meeting of those in the horse industry to the must attend event of the year in Shelbyville.

  • Concerns about a “good neighbor”

     

    Dear Editor:

  • Several months, an otherwise pleasant evening was suddenly ruined when I stepped onto wet carpet in the basement of our home. Heavy rains had put our sump pump to the test and it finally failed. The water rose and soon our entire basement was in danger of being soaked.

  • Questioning Diageo waste plans

     

  • We could all take a moment and learn from the Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Rec. Cardinals instructional league baseball team.

    This group of 8-and-under sluggers literally put their teammate on their backs for the season and came through as a gritty underdog to win the league’s postseason tournament title.

  • For a month now the Shelby County Board of Education has tabled a decision on redistricting its voting precincts, but we just can’t seem to understand why.

    According to Shelby CountY Clerk Sue Carole Perry the school board has not altered its voting districts since 1999.

    To us, that seems like a really long time.

    We understand that it is not mandatory, although there seems to have been some confusion on that front throughout the process.

  • Here we sit, less than three weeks away from what is no doubt the biggest retail investment and also one of the biggest investments Shelby County has seen.

    And while we’re excited for The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, and the tourism and jobs it will bring, we can’t help but feel a bit left out of the party.

  • It should come as no surprise that a mother, of all people, would go the extra mile for her son.

    Mothers have been doing all they could for their children since mothers had children.

    But the story of Judith Nigh donating a kidney for her son, Ben, brought tears to our eyes.

    Anyone who has a mother can almost hear them jumping at the chance to donate the kidney, stepping up for their child like no other person could do.

    Fathers are great, they love their children, too, but moms always hold that special spot.

  • Somehow we fail to see the problems that are plaguing the city of Shelbyville and its leaders in regards to getting a curbside trash and recycling franchise agreement put together.

    Once the ordinance was approved this spring, all that was left was for the council to submit the Request for Proposal and wait for the bids from Republic, Rumpke and Waste Management to come in.

  • When I moved back to Shelby County several years ago, I was driving east from KY 55 onto Interstate 64 when an idea nearly hit me right in the side of my SUV or maybe right between my eyes.

    Because that notion arrived dangerously quickly with  the 75-mph motion of oncoming traffic into which I was trying to merge or arose frighteningly fast in front of me in the form of the guardrail at the end of the acceleration lane on that ramp. I can’t be sure which, because each seemed about to christen me with opportunity.

  • A new name will quickly be acquainted to Shelby County as Betty Springate takes over as our new Distict Court Judge serving Shelby, Anderson and Spencer counties.

    Mrs. Springate takes over the position after longtime judge Linda Armstrong retired in March.

    Mrs. Springate brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position that she will hold until the first of the year. And she will alleviate a great deal of pressure and work from Judge Donna Dutton, who was serving for both Division I and II.

  • Questions redistricting choices

     

    Each year in late August, the Shelby County Public Schools (SCPS) Board of Education produces “The Tax Show.”  This year, the Board has added a new production to its theatrical repertoire, and, on June 26th, I attended what might best be described as the dress rehearsal for “Redistricting, Mathis Style.”

  • As you plan your holiday weekend barbeque – or hot dog feast, whichever (see our Neighbors Section) – and family get together, take a minute, or more, to remember that this is more than just a day off from work.

    So often Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day and the 4th of July are treated as mere days off work, a way to jump start a weekend or plan a party or extended weekend out of town, but we’d all do better to take time to remember what those days mean and why they’re recognized as days off.

  • Last week we were shocked to learn for the first time about the Rabb family.

    What should be heralded as one of Shelbyville’s finest families, the Rabbs were introduced to us by Mike Miller and Rev. Robert Marshall.

  • Francis Regis McKinley Jr. is listed among those soldiers who fought for our freedom during the Vietnam War and who earned a Purple Heart… well, two to be exact, except both are for the same artillery attack in which he was wounded.

    He was embarrassed to be singled out for his service since others in the county were in Vietnam and even wounded. Plus he said, “That’s all in the past. You have to live for the now.”

  • School Investigation

     

    I too want to join the growing criticism of Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof.

    The recent divulgence of the theft of an undisclosed amount of public funds by an employee at the SCPS central administrative staff is in itself an indicator of a lack of accountability, responsibility and leadership. 

  • Family history in Shelby County is a cottage industry. The heritage of so many goes back not only to the days of Squire Boone and his bedrock but seemingly to the founding waters of Clear Creek itself.

    Names such as Meriwether and Ballard begat Shannons and Matthews and Van Stockums. You read this history, and you connect dots. As my friend Brig. Gen. Ronald Van Stockum often has told me, the things we learn about our heritage in the Internet-driven world is amazing.