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Opinion

  • Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation’s Earth Day celebration is quickly becoming a highlight for the year.

    Even on Easter weekend, a large crowd turned out to investigate some of nature’s wonders and learn about conservation and recycling.

  • Thanks from Goodwill

     

    This past month, following a harsh winter that chilled donations by 7 percent statewide, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky launched a “March Gladness” campaign and the Shelbyville community really responded.

    We are pleased to report that donations increased by 9 percent during the month of March!

  • We finally thought it was safe. Furnaces were turned off, windows were opened and necks were slightly sunburned.

    We started to pack away our stocking caps and winter coats. Yes the long, cold, brutal winter was finally over.

    Or so we thought.

    We have long believed that you give credit where credit is due, whether you agree or not, and Old Man Winter deserves a little credit.

  • Live up to the Constitution

     

    The drug cartels are laughing at us as we keep drugs illegal to insure their profits stay high to fuel our enemies in our own hemisphere toward the destruction of our own country. Usually by our own police and greedy officials who are rapidly destroying our U.S. Constitution with compete impunity.

  • While we are certainly glad to hear that Corpus Christi has raised enough money and will remain open, we wonder why our local private schools have struggled to maintain a vibrant and strong population in recent years.

    Our churches never seem to struggle for members or volunteers, and our community has always had a strong attachment to its faith.

    But it seems as though many students in our county are sent west to Louisville parochial schools, but why?

    What would make a parent travel 30 miles or more for a high school education?

  • Last week the Simpsonville City Commission did something that very few governments consider – they chose to lower taxes.

    The 10.2 percent decrease in property taxes will be a welcome reprieve for residents, but we really commend the commissioners for their progressive outlook.

    Recognizing the commercial growth that is coming their way, the commission realized the windfall in taxes they were about to receive. And instead of instantly looking to see where that money would best be spent they took a minute to see how it could best be used.

  • If there is one thing we believe in, it’s the Golden Rule.

    Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

    Such a simple decree, but if everyone followed it could you imagine what a wonderful world we would live in?

    That’s why we just can’t understand the Shelbyville City Council’s refusal to act on or even publicly discuss the request for a Fairness Ordinance from the Shelby County chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.

  • Does the NCAA have an axe to grind with the state of Kentucky? It sure looks that way.

    Not only were our beloved Cardinals and Wildcats relegated to much lower seeds than they both deserved, but now the NCAA has decided to ruin a week of productivity in offices from Paducah to Pikeville – as the coach wearing the blue tie might say.

    The two now will meet in the Sweet 16 late Friday night in Indianapolis, the second time in three years they’ve met in the NCAA tournament.

    We’re not sure our hearts can handle it.

  • As CVS drugstores move to remove cigarettes from their shelves this fall, we think it’s time for our city and county officials to start thinking the same way.

    CVS officials cited a moral responsibility for making the change.

    “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS pharmacy is the right thing to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health,” said Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark.

  • Here in ACC country, the sun is fading behind the oncoming threat of snow showers. There are tears and fear, loathing in the gloaming. Tobacco Road has rolled up its reputation and burned its hopes in the NCAA Tournament, leaving this as what ACC fans say to a Kentuckian these days:

    Louisville will be in the ACC next year.

    Yes, the Cardinals will, and perhaps the ACC would like to claim them right now, but not so fast, my friend.

  • Bless their hearts, but Shelby County Fiscal Court is trying.
    Those magistrates want to do the right thing and provide garbage service and recycling for you, and even if they couldn’t get together and head off a way to keep your money from being thrown away on a $3.2 million trash mahal, they feel like they have to do something.

  • Sunday kicked off Sunshine Week, and no that wasn’t a cruel twist of fate played by Mother Nature.

    This Sunshine Week has less to do with the impending first day of Spring – which is Thursday, by the way – and more to do with keeping the sunshine in your life.

    Started by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors and later adopted by the American Society of news Editors, Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote the importance of open government and freedom of information.

  • Let’s look at these four issues and how they affect our lives. Let’s begin by describing loss, which may be of two kinds: the loss of materials things such as money or a business from a bad decision. We may also lose by theft and be aggravated because of our carelessness or bad judgment.

    The other type of loss is of a love one or a close friend, or the loss of health or our physical well being.

  • The room was filled with some 500 years worth of friendships and maybe 600 more of family years.

    Think about it: I was in a room with people I had known collectively for more than a thousand years.

    Methuselah didn’t live that long, and I know he didn’t have friends that were as loyal or as wonderful as these.

    We were in the living room at Dozen Acres Farm. The sun was shining, and spring seemed possible, if not eternal. We were loving and being loved.

  • ere you as surprised as we were late on Friday afternoon when the company building the outlet mall in Simpsonville announced that it would be changing the name of the facility yet again?

    Citing suggestions taken from Kentucky residents, officials of Horizon Group Properties determined that The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass would be a more appropriate mall moniker.

    We really can’t complain about that name, because we always have felt a bit slighted that our county was going to lose ownership so that the mall could connect with Louisville’s brand.

  • Those who endorse Bobby Hudson for lifetime achievement awards – and there are many of both endorsers and awards – always say the same thing:

    He built so much of Shelby County.

    Mr. Hudson, the chief executive officers of the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation, may never have lifted a board or driven a nail climbed a ladder with a load of shingles, but when it comes to foundations, he has helped to pour more than a few.

  • There ought to be a law! Don’t ever say that where a politician can hear it. You’ll get a thousand pages of rhetoric, which will take a thousand lawyers to figure out what it really means – and chances are we already have a dozen laws that say essentially the same thing.

    Moses brought down from the mountain 10 pretty good ones – straightforward and short. Today we would have to eliminate the first one because it has been declared against the law.

  • I happen to agree with a statement that Chuck Souder made as a main theme of parts 1 and 2 of his column titled “Evading the Obvious” (a fitting title but not in the way Mr. Souder may think it is). He said, “Ideas have consequences.”

  • Our universe is in apple pie order again. Wrong returns to right. Surreal reverts to real. Upside down is right side up, and forward is the motion, not reverse.

    Some of you feel it, too, because you are devotees of Shelby County Rockets basketball, and ever since that new school opened out west, well, the Rocket Pride and the history of greatness have sort of become a footnote in the bigger swings of life.

  • There was no more welcome sight that emerged on Monday than the sun that rose into a cold, windy sky and started to melt some of that white, icy stuff off our roads.

    We were beginning to think those roads never would be clear after the latest winter storm. We know our road crews are overextended and fatigued from a winter of continuous climatalogical discontent and that the supply of salt and the opportunity to brine were insufficient for the onslaught of Winter Storm Titan.