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Opinion

  • If you have looked at the Neighbors section today, you have seen one person’s guidebook map for a way to enjoy fall in Shelby County.

    For natives and longtime residents, such a route can be drawn and redrawn, and the outcome is always simple and satisfying. There is no definitive navigation for the beauty we all enjoy.

  • Austin Crowe is the newest member of the Shelby County School Board, and we like his moxie.

    Mr. Crowe, a junior at Shelby County High School, took over the student delegate’s seat at the last board meeting, and he made a wonderful impact with his curiosity and his candor.

  • I heard a story about a man, who, after drinking a little too much cider at a Halloween party, was trying to “walk it off” on his way home.  Taking a shortcut through a graveyard, he accidentally stumbled into a freshly dug grave.

    Try as he might to climb out, because of his mostly inebriated condition and because the rain that had fallen earlier in the day had made the sides of the grave muddy and slick, he finally gave up.

  • I have now been baptized into the rite of Big Blue basketball. It may not have been full immersion, but I have received a very steady sprinkling of UK’s holy water.

    For Friday night I watched that tent revival known as Big Blue Madness, and I felt the holy spirit of Adolph Rupp seize me with a ferocious grip. Had I actually been in Rupp Arena, I’m sure I would have responded to the alter call of  Rev. John Calipari. It seemed as if thousands did that even before the preaching.

  • The Shelby County Rockets are playing their last football season as a unified high school. For the first time in more than three decades, there will be two football teams representing the county next fall.

    And this team is trying to make its last season as one truly memorable.

    The Rockets, who won just a single game last fall, have rebounded to win seven this year, and with their rout of Southern last Friday night, they have earned the school’s first home playoff game since 1995.

  • I submitted to getting a flu shot the other day. I’ve never had one, and I didn’t see the need to get one this year. But I’ve read the stories, and I have two little germ incubators at home. They drag in everything that the dogs don’t. After some encouragement, getting the shot seemed prudent. It’s not that I’m afraid of needles. I’m just not afraid of illness. But I should be.

  • I recently coached a 7-8-year-old basketball team at our church. After watching them for the first two practices and the first game, I came to the realization that before I could try to teach these children anything about basketball, we first needed to work on some self-awareness exercises.

  •  How many of you arise early every morning, put your child in your car and drive him to school?

    Maybe you drive only a few blocks or maybe a mile, or 5 miles, or 10 miles, perhaps even more. Your route and your routine are rote.

    These mornings, it’s dark until nearly 7:30. Sometimes the dew has left your windows fogged, and soon there will be frost that will require extra time to be removed.

  • Basketball player and student Darryl Hicks’ return to Shelby County High School could be good news for everyone.

    We’re sure his family is happy to have him back, and we assume his coaches and teammates will be, too. The latter will play out on the court.

    But the real winner here is the statement that is made in favor of loyalty and tradition.

  • With graduation from the University of Kentucky quickly approaching, I was faced with a decision. Should I hop right into the job market, or should I take some time to investigate other things that I had aspired to do? I chose to delay the job search and instead apply for an unpaid internship in Washington D.C. with U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie.  I’m glad I did. The experience was outstanding. Upon graduating, I received confirmation for the internship and had to be in D.C. by May 31  to begin work.

  • The E-mail arrived with a well-intentioned message: With so many problems in our schools, it’s nice to see a story of accomplishment on the front page of the newspaper.

    The story mentioned was the coverage of Painted Stone Elementary’s significant and admirable improvement in its standardized test scores.

    No school in the district did better than Painted Stone, which achieved growth goals that are not just statistics but measures of how effectively our younger students are carrying the ball of education toward the end zone of excellence.

  •  The predictions and reports about the flu seasons this fall are more ferocious and frightening than a town-hall meeting about health care.

    Everyone is talking about the topic, but we fear the masses may be missing the message.

    Medical experts are drawing dire pictures for both the seasonal flu and the dreaded H1N1 (swine) flu. Some predict a pandemic, and residents are flocking to doctors, clinics and pharmacies to be inoculated.

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  •  Shelby Countians are astride a streaking steed of positive energy and community spirit these days.

    Martha Layne Collins High School is growing into a new destination for many of our children.

    The potential – however uncertain – that Harley-Davidson could choose our chunk of the Bluegrass as the site for its largest plant has just about everyone giddy with hope and wonder.

    A new judicial center is sprouting in steel and wood from the ancient soil at Fourth and Main.

  • Successful entertainment comes from a vivid imagination, from a cell of creativity that is given birth as a living, breathing reality of words, music and scenery. Do that process well, and you are left with a creation we can cherish, an everlasting benefit to everyone.

    And now we know that such conception has been happening in Shelby County, and we, too, could be delivered a bundle of boundless benefit for all.

  • One of the treasures of Shelby County that gets much less attention that it deserves is the Shelby County Public Library.

    We are not here to shill for the community – indeed, we want to cast a critical eye of inspiration – but we have to admit how impressed we have been with the library.

    Large communities may take such amenities for granted, but those in charge in Shelby County have thought big and performed well when it comes to extending the branch of literacy for all to accept.

  • We have pushed and cajoled many to get both effort and answers about the Shelbyville Bypass. The project is woefully behind, and no one seemed concerned about that except for the Shelby Countians who kept asking the questions.

    We voiced those questions and received, in some cases, nebulous responses, until our elected leaders stood up to do as we expect them to do.

    Rep. Brad Montell and Sen. Gary Tapp asked questions, too, and now we have some answers. The bypass may not be completed any faster, but at least we have some explanations.

  • The 20th annual Shelbyville Horse Show is in the barn, and it emerged from a muddy start to be another crowning success for the city, Shelby County and all who call them home.

    This has become the signature event of Shelby County each year, and it serves well in elevating the county’s status, creating prestige and bringing dollars into the public trough.

    No, the horse show is not for everyone. Most of you did not attend, and many of you couldn’t give a horsefly if it even happens. That’s understandable.

  • The Shelby County Fair A&M Board is feeling a pinch after its recent Shelby County Fair started reasonably well and then lost all momentum in a deluge of rainstorms and heat. Attendance flagged, and the economic balance of the event has become more fragile than had been expected.

    But the deteriorating attendance at the 2009 fair cannot solely be placed at the feet of climatology and public apathy.

    The fair simply has gotten too expensive for the average family.

  • We like the idea of building more trails in Shelby County for walkers, runners and cyclists. We believe any county that contributes heavily to a state with such a poor record for obesity should make any health-related concept a high priority.

    And we agree with letter writer Abby Cottongim’s suggestion that a good place to start is to link the residential streets of Shelbyville to Clear Creek Park.