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Opinion

  • In the April edition of Readers Digest there is an article by David Brooks, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times entitled “The Stem and the Flower.”

  • I would like to thank Linda Ethington for her compassionate letter (Animal Rights, Page A4, July 16) concerning the plight of chained dogs, and to let her know that there are people fighting for this cause.

    On July 28th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dogs Deserve Better (DDB) founder Tamira Thayne chained herself to a doghouse on the Capitol steps in Frankfort to bring attention to the plight of chained and penned dogs. Representatives from Speak Out and Rescue (SOAR) and the Franklin County Humane Society joined her.

  • A recent encounter with some local medical professionals has left me wondering how, and why, there is a facility in Shelbyville known as a “hospital.”  After dealing with my father’s passing in January 2014, my mother had two questionable mammograms this spring, which lead her doctor to prescribe a needle biopsy, or a stereotactic biopsy.  The procedure was scheduled for June 23, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at Shelbyville’s Jewish Hospital.

  • This back and forth between the Shelbyville City Council and the Shelby County chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth needs to end.

    At this point, both sides are getting tired of hearing the other speak and we’re all just spinning wheels.

    The most recent dialogue – we won’t really call it a conversation because neither side seems to be listening at this point – seemed to leave both council members and visitors exasperated.

  • A few weeks ago, a large crowd of family and friends turned out to celebrate the landmark birthday of a man whose landmark enterprise helped to feed a generation of you.

    This man in 1967 set up shop at the far eastern extreme of Shelbyville, where he began to cook up burgers and rings to feed the McDonald’s-less, fast-food-craving young masses of Shelby County, which he accomplished to an amazing level of success.

    That restaurant was Burger Queen, and its king was LaMar Nutt.

  • As a new school year gets underway today, we want to take the time to congratulate all those involved.

    It’s no easy feat to get 11 schools, each with their own set of employees, cafeterias, maintenance crews and more, ready each year.

    It’s not easy for teachers to get those classrooms and lesson plans ready to stimulate young minds and get them prepared to face the rigors and tests ahead in the new school year.

  • The Shelbyville American Legion Post 37 baseball team wrapped up its fifth state title on Friday, earning a trip to the regional tournament later this week in Ashboro, N.C.

    This squad put together one of the best seasons in Shelby County history going 25-1 in the regular season and steam rolling the state tournament.

    What makes it even more impressive is that manager Jim Wiley continues to man the helm of a team that he’s led for 30 years.

  • Country road bicyclists

  • There’s a running commercial for a credit card company that asks the question, “What’s in your wallet?” The implication of the question is that the credit card you choose to carry says something significant about you.

    Of course, the intention of the ad is to convince us that a discerning individual wants to make sure they are carrying this company’s credit card.  Though I do not completely buy the sales pitch of this commercial, I have come to realize that what we choose to carry through our daily life says something about us.

  • Our normally sleepy, quiet community got quite the wake-up this past week.

    While the Shelbyville Horse Show normally perks up the area, it was even bigger and better than normal this year as it celebrated its 25th anniversary.

    One of the top shows in the country, the annual showcase of Saddlebreds brings in dozens of former World Champions as they prepare for the Kentucky State Fair World Championship, which begins next week.

  • This is from an article in the Wall St. Journal on July 19 entitled “This Way Up” featuring 18-year-old Dakota Blazier who will forgo a college degree in favor of a blue-collar career. He will join the 70 percent of Americans 25-and-older without college degrees.

  • We usually avoid state or national commentary preferring to stay focused on our backyard, but sometimes issues affect us all and we feel the need to call attention to these two stories that recently came across our desk.

  • 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.