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Opinion

  • A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument, and neither of them wanted to concede their position.

    As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats and pigs, the husband couldn’t remain silent. He glanced at his wife and asked sarcastically, "Relatives of yours?"

  • We were inspired to learn last week that the state fire marshal and the Kentucky State Police are looking into the fire on Golden Rod court that nearly became a tragedy, were it not for the heroics of nanny Alyson Myatt.

    The strange circumstances surrounding this fire are so unusual that an investigation can do nothing but help to bring closure to an awful event.

  • Joe Dean called it “string music.”

    Cawood Ledford – and I humbly apologize for juxtaposing those two names – described it by many melodic monikers, such as “rambling the ropes,” “tickling the twine” or “nothing but nylon.”

    Wannabe athletes have for decades created catchy calls, but ultimately they wind up with a simple, elegant word: “pure.”

  • The tragic passing of Mike Casey last week offers a unique opportunity for Shelby County to create a memorial to his legacy as an athlete, an icon and simply a good person so many felt blessed to know.

    In fact, there are two memorials for which we would recommend immediate action.

    First, we encourage the Simpsonville City Commission to name its city recreational complex in honor of Mr. Casey.

  • When you sit down to write about Easter, you have to pause.

    We are taught in the College of Political Correctness to walk the center stripe when it comes to issues involving religion and faith. We are taught to keep those feelings private and not sell our souls, if you will, in public.

    But those among us who are Christians were charged by Jesus to spread the word of His name and His message to the world, anointing each of us as disciples in that task.

  • The Family Activities Center at Clear Creek Park celebrated its 10th birthday last week, and that was important not just for what it means for the facility but also for all residents of Shelby County. In few counties does the public have access to such a quality facility as the FAC. Usually it’s the larger metro areas with their larger tax bases that are able to put to

  • Were you surprised to see last week that the contractors responsible for the Shelbyville Bypass didn’t start work on the first day they were supposed to work?

    We certainly weren’t.

  • “The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.’” (Matthew 28:5-6)

    Several years ago, the following letter was reportedly sent to a resident of Greenville County, S.C.:

  • The General Assembly is very close to taking away one of your rights to access, and it’s a remarkable reaction to a law that most members didn’t even know existed.

    The House of Representatives voted last week to approve a bill that would allow evaluations of school superintendents to be done in private session. The Senate had approved a similar measure earlier this month.

    All that keeps this from putting you behind a screen of secrecy is a language approval by the Senate and Gov. Steve Beshear’s signature.

  • Sometimes the home team doesn’t have to bring home the hardware for a champion to be special. You root, root, root for the home team, but if they don’t win it isn’t always a shame.

    And thus we can and should embrace the victory by Shelby Valley in the 2010 Sweet Sixteen as just a bit sweeter than the winner in a routine year.

  • You have read and probably even seen so much about Alyson Myatt, the young woman who saved the little boy from the fire last week.

    She rushed through the flames barefoot in one of those rare acts of heroism that all of us wonder if we have within us.

    The world is filled with unsung heroes – you probably know many of them – but there are few whose deeds are so bold, so brave and so remarkably pure of heart.

  •    Here, on St. Patrick’s Day, the green you see is not just from the Irish among us but is worn on the faces of hundreds of other communities across Kentucky.

  • The state and the FDIC’s investigation into Citizens Union Bank’s lending practices seemed appropriate and mindful of the bank’s customers.

    If you have invested your money in one of the most stalwart institutions in our community, you want to know that it is being protected with every ounce of regulation that can be mustered. You appreciate the vigilance.

    The bank’s CEO, Billie Wade, and its president, David Bowling, were candid in their responses to the inquiry, though they kept private the inner workings of problem loans.

  • If you watch the national news or listen to talk radio, you know that the hot issue for the last several weeks has been “health care reform.” Or is it “health insurance reform?” If you don’t know for sure, it’s only because the terms keep changing. 

  • We like the fact that Triple S Planning & Zoning is flexing a bit of muscle in trying to remove junky cars and substandard images of Shelby County from the gaze of our citizens and visitors.

    We like that the commission is not only setting and communicating standards but also is enforcing them consistently and stringently. That’s what we expect of this commission – to preserve the best parts of our county – and enforcing the codes is equally as important as setting them.

  • 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.