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Columns

  • How a guy terrified of tornadoes has found a scary new calm

    Maybe it’s a statement about complacency, laziness or just a bit of “the-sky-is-falling” syndrome – literally – that I didn’t leap to the computer or TV Monday morning when it felt like the side of my house was going to be sent blasting into Franklin County.

    Many of you were awake, alert and ever vigilant to your family’s safety, but all I did was lie there and hope that the siding would stay put and wonder if the dripping I heard was from the ceiling and not the gutter (neither happened).

  • Big night, big game, but location is big mistake

    To see the big show in town this week, you will have to drive to Taylorsville.

    And, nothing against our brethren to the south, but this seems the wrong direction for Shelby County’s new direction.

    In case you missed the news, for the first time since 1975, two high schools in Shelby County will meet Thursday night in a basketball tournament game, when Shelby County and Collins high schools collide in a 30th District Tournament semifinal.

  • SOUDER: Ours is a tenuous freedom – to be sure

    During the past couple of weeks, the whole world seemed to be watching the unfolding events in Egypt. Each night on television, or each morning in the newspapers, Americans watched as the protests began gaining momentum.

    As more and more people took to the streets of Cairo, many wondered if there would be violence and how what was going on there might affect the surrounding areas and even the rest of the world.

  • A couple of presidential presences worth celebrating

    On Monday we will celebrate the births of two of America’s most renown presidents: George Washington, who couldn’t screw up a job for which no one had any expectations, and Abraham Lincoln, who dared to allow a nation to screw itself up in order to set it on course to purge itself of crimes against mankind.

    Despite those who disagreed with their views, their tactics and even their legacies, these men are the icons against whom all subsequent presidents are measured.

  • A couple of presidential presences worth celebrating

    On Monday we will celebrate the births of two of America’s most renown presidents: George Washington, who couldn’t screw up a job for which no one had any expectations, and Abraham Lincoln, who dared to allow a nation to screw itself up in order to set it on course to purge itself of crimes against mankind.

    Despite those who disagreed with their views, their tactics and even their legacies, these men are the icons against whom all subsequent presidents are measured.

  • Some of these people need to be committed

    There’s a canyon-sized gap in our high school curriculum that has become overwhelmingly obvious: Some of our children don’t know the meaning of the words “commit” or “commitment.”

    We speak, of course, of those elite among our students who have displayed such athletic prowess that they are a human commodity for our nation’s colleges and universities.

  • SOUDER: Drowning in a sea of red

    If you are familiar with the biblical story of Moses leading the people of Israel through the Red Sea (or at least have seen Charlton Heston do it in The Ten Commandments), you know that miraculous event ended with the entire Egyptian army being drowned in the Red Sea.
    As I follow the news lately, I am concerned that a similar catastrophe is barreling down the tracks at us, and like the Egyptian army, and more recently the country of Greece, we are in danger of drowning is a sea of red (ink).

  • The arrival of Denny's won't shake up our eating too much

    Were you salivating last week when you read that Denny’s soon will open in Waddy?
    Were you ready to invest the required 20 miles and gallon of gas most of us would have to spend to get your Grand Slam breakfast?
    Maybe you were like me and you weren’t so much salivating in your taste buds as you were ruefully twisting  your head with the flash-fried realization that that Shelby County has reached an epicurean epoch we might never have anticipated.

  • One awards event where you felt the winners really meant it

    Don’t you get the feeling sometimes that we are a society that honors each other when honor is the element that should be honored?
    Or – and I’ll translate here – don’t you feel that we have so many awards events that they never seem to end, that they go end-to-end like a run of dominoes that never seems to bump into the double blanks?
    You sense that there is an award for everything, and a show for every award.

  • SOUDER: The coming criminalization of Christianity: The Censorship of Hate

    Do you remember when “hate” meant “hate?”  When I was a kid, my sisters and I weren’t even allowed to say the word hate, especially if it pertained to another person.  Hate was considered such a strong word that it had, we were told, a very limited place in polite conversation.  

    My mother’s wisdom notwithstanding, have you noticed that during the past few years, and especially in the aftermath of the tragic shootings in Tucson, it seems everyone is talking about hate?