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Opinion

  • As you read this, the Shelby County Rockets already may have played one and be done in the state high school basketball tournament.

    We certainly hope that isn’t true – and we don’t expect that it will be – but there’s a 50-50 chance that we must respect.

    That said, the accomplishment of this group of seniors at SCHS has been amazing and incredibly motivating.

  • Today, please hold my hand, sing “Kumbaya” and come along as I jump wide-eyed and lucidly into the shark-infested depths of discussing health care and its potential reform.

    Yes, this is a discussion that has been evolving for decades.

    Yes, it is moving at a pace that only the 3-toed sloth can appreciate.

  • The request last week by Shelby Christian Church that Shelby County Fiscal Court issue bonds to assist in refinancing its auditorium caught us by surprise.

    We admit we never had heard of a church making such an arrangement with a governmental body, and though we were relieved to learn this has happened many times and presents no conflict, we remain a bit quizzical about its viability.

  • “Ladies and gentlemen, stand and cheer, your state representative, Brad Monteellllllllllll.”

    If we were going to announce the name of one of our elected leaders in an introduction before a sports event, it might sound something like that, depending upon the sport and the venue.

    Or how about this?

    “OK class, let’s take roll…. Mr.  Montell?”

    “He has a game today.”

    “Oh, Mr. Montell is absent.”

  •  So the University of Louisville’s chapter at Freedom Hall comes to a hopefully rousing “the end” this weekend.

    Nothing better than a signature victory over the top-ranked team to conclude your lease at a place that has housed about as many champions as any building east of Pauley Pavilion.

  • Last week, as I was considering what to write in this week’s column, I thought perhaps I should write about the merits of KY Senate Bill 142, which encourages Bible literacy classes in our public schools.

    Then I opened last Saturday’s Courier Journal and saw its predictable editorial denouncing the Senate’s passage of the bill and lamenting the fact that it would likely also pass in the House.

  • In every society, on nearly every issue, there are going to be skeptics. There will be critics, cynics and people who just want something to oppose. That’s just how the world works.

    However, just because you oppose something, you disagree with an issue, or you don’t like the people talking about it, that is no reason to deny there’s a problem to begin with.

  • There is a continuous struggle faced by many Kentucky Community and Technical College students. These students take lower-division level transfer classes  taught by highly qualified faculty who have an expertise in teaching and learning, only to discover later that that the degree requirements have changed at the other institution.

     Determining which community college classes will transfer to a 4-year university shouldn’t be so difficult for students.

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    The report recently of the mounting number of accidents on Interstate 64 east of Shelbyville reminds us of the significant need we have for improvements to our primary artery.

    Simply put, two lanes in either direction through Shelby County are not sufficient.

  • This was a sad week for Shelby County, because we lost two people who had devoted so many years to improving the lives of our young people.

    Mary Simmons and Mitch Bailey served in different ways, but their impacts were felt by generations of students who needed a little additional inspiration.

    Ms. Simmons devoted herself to the Dorman Center, where students with special needs of all types were given a chance to be loved and to learn.

  • Call us perplexed about the decision Friday of Senior Judge Steve Mershon to let admitted thief Jody Wills off with less of a sentence than we had expected.

    Call us perplexed because Ms. Wills admitted to the 37 counts against her and accepted the state’s offer of a 10-year sentence rather than risk going to jail for decades.

    Call us perplexed as to why she gets to spend 9 months in the Shelby County Detention Center on work release.

    Call us perplexed that her accepted, 10-year sentence was reduced to those terms plus 5 years of probation.

  • Here’s an upfront promise: There will be no use today of that four-letter S-word. Not a chance.

    And I mean the one that rhymes with grow.

    I can avow that because of a phone call I received from an old buddy in Florida the other day, a call that warmed my heart, brought sunshine to my foreboding sky and probably melted a little of that white precipitation beneath my feet.

  • As you may have heard, according to news reports last Friday, there was measurable snow on the ground in all 50 states. There was some question about whether there was snow on the top of any of the mountains in Hawaii, but because there is some there occasionally, it made a good headline.

    However, what you may not have known is that, according to global warming “experts,” all of our recent snow should have been impossible.

  • The recent announcement that Jewish Hospital Shelbyville and Masonic Home Shelbyville both were rated 5-star nursing homes was a significant moment for our community.

    You surely know that nursing homes are among the most scrutinized and criticized of our health-related facilities. There is a terrible legacy of neglect and corruption in homes across America, and we as citizens always are concerned that our loved ones are well taken care of in their moments of greatest need.

  • It’s Monday evening, and I’m typing this with one eye on the window and the other on the constantly changing weather forecast.

    Yes, that means I have no eyes on my typing, which would bring joy to the heart of Mrs. Paul Fry, who taught me how to push the keys on an old manual upright, but it also means you’ll have to understand if the words come out runtogether, misspelt or even spacd stranjely.

  • Next year, students will benefit from the opening of Martha Layne Collins High School. While many new opportunities will await students, the community is concerned about a lack of support for the Agriculture Program.

    According to Shelby County High School Principal Eddie Oakley, “The community wants to see more emphasis put on animal science and a transition away from agriculture mechanics.”

  • The debate about whether to regulate smoking in Shelby County’s restaurants lands where it should on Tuesday night: in a working session with Shelby County Fiscal Court.

    This is a rudimentary first step toward what we believe is the appropriate action: discussing it on a countywide basis.

  • Back when we were children, Valentine's Day was always a day of excitement and anticipation.

    In my elementary school years, one of the highlights of winter would be our class Valentine Party. Once the date was set, our teacher would utilize the days leading up to the party for preparation.

    We would work for days creating receptacles for our Valentines. One year we decorated brown lunch bags and taped them to our desks.

  • A guy on the phone was making a point about last Tuesday morning’s open skating session on our county’s roads.

    “Don’t you think it’s time people started taking responsibility for driving on icy roads, like they used to a long time ago?” he asked.

     “Now people expect the roads to be in perfect condition all the time. They don’t know how to drive on them when they’re not.”

  • For several weeks now, Shelby County Public Schools has been requesting that the State Department of Highways commit to installing a traffic signal on U.S. 60 in front of the new Collins High School.

    But those requests appear to be, well, stuck in traffic.