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Opinion

  • The Humane Society’s new headquarters looks like a pretty hopping place.

    There are hundreds – perhaps thousands – of unwanted animals in need of care and treatment in Shelby County, and the society through its private fund-raising and a generous donation for Shelby County Fiscal Court now has a facility that should help address those needs.

  • We applaud the members of the Class of 2010 as they stride confidently into the future.

    This last unified graduating class of Shelby County always will hold an historical place, and it set an outstanding example for all that follow.

    These seniors excelled in academics, leadership and volunteerism.

    They were recognized with more than $2 million in scholarships and grants.

    They are attending more than 40 different colleges and secondary schools.

  • You may have heard country singer Miranda Lambert describe in her sweet and twangy voice the story of “The House That Built Me.”

    She tells of knocking on the door of the home where she grew up and explaining to the person who answers about how she learned life in the building’s nooks and crannies and yard, where she learned music and buried her dog.

  • Because we celebrated the 234th birthday of our country this week, I thought it an appropriate time to look back at the kind of nation our Founding Fathers set out to establish compared to where we are today.

  • One of our fellow residents has seen a dangerous situation and has done something about it.

    He won’t admit that or take credit, because that might not be culturally appropriate in his organization. But we can see the difference his efforts have made.

    We speak of Tim Wafford, supervisor of the state highway garage in Shelby County.

  • Shelby County has been blessed in a tight budget year to have earned more than $17 million in road improvements from the state.

    We must thank state Sen. Gary Tapp (R-Shelbyville) and state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) for their hard work in pushing these projects through not only federal stimulus specifications but the state’s myriad approvals, too.

  • We read these reports and get evermore ill, not just for the images they create but for the law that allows them to occur. In the past week, two men riding 2-wheel vehicles on county roads have been involved in serious accidents when they weren’t wearing helmets. One of them died, and the other almost did. Both of them might be walking around today if not for collisions involving their 2-wheel vehicles and taking the full force of traumatic impact on their unprotected skulls. We won’t paint the full image, but you know how it

  • Quick, the title of this week’s column is a quote from: A) the President, telling us how far into debt he plans to take us; B) the weatherman, telling us how high the temperature will go tomorrow, or C) a famous cartoon character?

    If you guessed ‘C’, you are correct, and ready to play today’s game. We begin today with a test of your knowledge of famous movie lines. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to determine who said the following lines.

  • Chicken Little seems to be alive and well and living in Shelby County.

    At least that is what we fear.

    Those weather sirens that have been blaring away recently in late-evening and early-morning hours are supposed to tell us the sky is falling, but so far they have proven to be nothing but, yes, false alarms.

  • I was on the south side of Main Street, waiting for the traffic to clear, and I looked across and saw that big red sign in the window at 535 Main.

    Yes, it’s that for sale/for rent sign in the window of the former Maggie’s Bistro, and, though I certainly had seen it before that moment, I can’t tell you how sad it made me.

  • I was on the south side of Main Street, waiting for the traffic to clear, and I looked across and saw that big red sign in the window at 535 Main.

    Yes, it’s that for sale/for rent sign in the window of the former Maggie’s Bistro, and, though I certainly had seen it before that moment, I can’t tell you how sad it made me.

  • A year ago we brought forward some significant ideas for the Shelby County Fair.

    We feared a disconnect with the community, and we felt the expense was pushing away the public.

    We think there is work to be done in both those areas, but we have to give the Fair Board a blue ribbon for its efforts this year.

  • The county parks board sure knew how to celebrate July 4th this year, and we’re not talking about the fireworks show on Monday.

    Its dedication on Sunday of bronze sculptures to honor Bobby Stratton’s contributions to the baseball programs – and youth – of Shelby County was, in our minds, a waist-high fastball right down the middle.

  • To commemorate this season of graduation, allow me to share this letter written to advice columnist Ann Landers.

    Dear Ann Landers: I have two brothers – one just graduated from the University of Kentucky, and the other was sent to the electric chair. My mother lives in an insane asylum. Since I was 3 years old, my father has been a drug dealer. One of my sisters is a highly paid prostitute; the other is the mistress of a local businessman who has Mafia connections.

  • The year was 1950, and I was 19 years old, having just completed my sophomore year at the University of Kentucky, majoring in journalism. I was home for the summer, working on my hometown newspaper, The Gleaner, in Henderson.

    Let me tell you first of all that working for a newspaper was not at all like newspaper work today.

  • Shelby County this week is losing two long contributors to the quality of life for all of us with the retirements of Dr. Ronald Waldridge and Circuit Clerk Kathy Nichols.

    Public service is like our profession not so much a career as a calling. No one gets rich – except the citizens who benefit from officials’ personal efforts.

    First, there’s Dr. Waldridge, the recognized father of public parks in our county.

  • We now grudgingly admit that the Shelbyville Bypass may indeed be completed by Labor Day. The finishing touches are being put into place.

  • The sticker shock is stunning, something that makes you turn your head and look for a second time.

    Then you hear the kicker: Every time you play, you have to pay.

    We’re talking about the weekend admission to the Shelby County Fair.

    $10. Not chump change, considering that rides, food and everything else cost extra.

  • The Primary Election has passed, and now we have our slate for November.

    There are not enough candidates in our races, but still we have key choices to make.

    We congratulate candidates who won primaries, those who won vs. indifference (i.e. no competition) and those who will join this process in the fall.

  • Numerous state transportation officials came to Shelby County last week to talk about safety on Interstate 64. They rallied at the rest stop near Simpsonville to talk about the dangers that the highway and its drivers and construction workers are facing these days.

    And though we realize workers standing alongside frustrated and crowded drivers can cause a verifiable hazard that requires all of our attention, we also see clearly where Cabinet officials are placing their collective weight.