No one said it was going to happen quickly, but thumbs up for the movement on the I-75 connector project. As reported in this week’s edition, officials have identified eight possible “zones” that might be suitable routes for a new connector road from Nicholasville to Interstate 75 in Madison County.
Kudos to those members of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee members and officials for the timely updates on the progress of this much-needed road.
Under state law, Jessamine County’s representation in the state House will be split — there’s no disputing that. But we do question the timeliness of the split. It seems that 2013 would be a much better year to finialize the split than 2014. The reason is simple. There are no local or major state elections to deal with in 2013. If the split would occur this year, that would give residents a chance to understand who their state representative will be going forward. It would also allow the county clerk’s office a year to prepare voters and county clerk employees on the new districts. As it stands, state government’s inaction will most likely lead to mass confusion at the polls in 2014.
East Jessamine Middle School’s arts day this week was a fantastic idea to represent all of the school’s arts programs to the rest of the student body — and it was also just one example of the great arts programs in Jessamine County.
West Jessamine Middle School’s chorus program had two choirs selected to perform at KMEA this year; West Middle also hosted an arts-academy day for more than 200 East and West students at the end of February.
East Jessamine middle- and high-school students have worked to put together the musical “Into the Woods” that’s on the stage this weekend, and West Jessamine High is preparing for a spring production of “Once Upon a Mattress.” And West High’s show choir, Dually Noted, just came back from a regional competition out of state and continues to give money back to local arts programs.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg that’s been visible the last week or two in the pages of this newspaper. Many of Jessamine County’s arts programs are already great, and all of them deserve the attention of the community.
The debate over guns in schools in Jessamine County should be a short one with a clear answer: No.
It’s a noble thought to consider all options available to make schools safer, but we have to take the experts’ word for it — local law-enforcement officials are the county’s experts on safety, and if all of them oppose allowing school employees to carry guns as strongly as Sgt. Scott Harvey and former Maj. John Branscum, then it’s a no-brainer to listen to them.