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Opinion

  • 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.

  • The diagnosis last week for the financial problems besetting KentuckyOne Health was at first scary and then a great relief.

    Much like a patient whose X-ray shows a big problem to be benign, KentuckyOne, parent company of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, said it would do surgery but that the patient should survive – at least for the foreseeable future.

  • Perhaps it is appropriate that in the month we celebrate African-American history that this week we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic rise to prominence of one Cassius Clay, the boxer and not the abolitionist for whom he was named, the man famous worldwide as Muhammad Ali.

    And there are few persons I can identify during my lifetime who did more to span the great divide between races, to bring focus and discussion to the principles that Martin Luther King had preached.

  • This newspaper is supposed to be paying attention to the best interests of the community, but we feel rather stupid right now, as if we didn’t see what we should have, as if we have let you down.

    Because we feel very much blindsided by the Shelbyville City Council.

  • Way to go, Triple S Planning Commission. You received your first challenge from what will be explosive growth around Simpsonville, and you did the right thing.

    You didn’t allow Bob Evans Restaurant to change the rules on building standards and to undermine the standards for quality of the area before any business ever opened.

  • Once again, I find myself awash with incredulity at the selective bias on display in one of Chuck Souder’s latest exposes (“God is pro-life and pro-choice,” Jan. 29). Mr. Souder states emphatically that, “Of course, God is against abortion. No one could read the bible objectively and conclude otherwise.” He then goes on to reassure readers that, “God is absolutely, 100 percent pro-life!”

  • We received the Greater Louisville Yellow Book for 2014 recently. It was noticeably smaller than the 2013 edition. The print seemed the same size. The Yellow Pages were down to 687 pages from 1.137 in 2013…..a 40 percent drop. The white page, were down to 263 pages from 366 in 2013….a 28 percent drop.

    I’m not sure I know what this means. My first thought was that this many businesses ceased to exist. Then I thought, no, there would have to be a few new ones during that period, so the news is even worse.

  • We read with great interest the opinion piece in last week's paper regarding Family Court Judge John David Myles (“Judging a judge,” My Word, Feb. 12). The portrayal of Judge Myles could not be further from our experience with him and his court.

    Judge Myles was always prepared, professional and fair to all who appeared before him. He is a passionate advocate for children, education and families. Add to that a loyal friend, devoted husband and hard worker.

  • We hear and read something every day what a 1920s song had to say about the distribution of wealth: “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.”

    There’s another one from that era with a lyric that says “It ain’t necessarily so.”

    I remember a quote from Lee Nor Mack, a former city council member at the ribbon cutting of the housing project in West Shelbyville. Someone said to Mr. Mack, “This is a great thing for your people isn’t it?” which was the most politically incorrect thing to say.

  • On Jan. 15, the Leadership Shelby 2014 class focused on educational opportunities in Shelby County.

    The trip, arranged by class members Ryan Allan and Tommy Hurt, started at the Shelby County Board of Education and took us to Shelby County High School, Collins High School, East Middle School, Wright Elementary School, Cornerstone Christian Academy and Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Shelby Campus.