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Today's Opinions

  • We congratulate: Waldridge, Nichols on their retirements

    Shelby County this week is losing two long contributors to the quality of life for all of us with the retirements of Dr. Ronald Waldridge and Circuit Clerk Kathy Nichols.

    Public service is like our profession not so much a career as a calling. No one gets rich – except the citizens who benefit from officials’ personal efforts.

    First, there’s Dr. Waldridge, the recognized father of public parks in our county.

  • What we think: How about a race to open bypass?

    We now grudgingly admit that the Shelbyville Bypass may indeed be completed by Labor Day. The finishing touches are being put into place.

  • You can’t dance around the issue of Fair prices

    The sticker shock is stunning, something that makes you turn your head and look for a second time.

    Then you hear the kicker: Every time you play, you have to pay.

    We’re talking about the weekend admission to the Shelby County Fair.

    $10. Not chump change, considering that rides, food and everything else cost extra.

  • EARLIER: The world has lost one of the good guys

    I must tell you today about a guy I have known and loved like a brother.

    The words don’t come easily. They bounce around in my brain and find their way to my fingers in clumsy and inadequate sequence. I pound at my keyboard in earnest hope of intellectual inspiration, but here goes.

    I first met Don Collins on a muggy August afternoon in Jackson, Miss. We had grown up 45 minutes apart, but it took a quarter century and 600 miles to germinate a friendship that would stand stalwart to the flow of time.

  • We congratulate: Our candidates for Nov. 2

    The Primary Election has passed, and now we have our slate for November.

    There are not enough candidates in our races, but still we have key choices to make.

    We congratulate candidates who won primaries, those who won vs. indifference (i.e. no competition) and those who will join this process in the fall.

  • EARLIER: What we think: Let's draw a line at dangerous ramp

    Numerous state transportation officials came to Shelby County last week to talk about safety on Interstate 64. They rallied at the rest stop near Simpsonville to talk about the dangers that the highway and its drivers and construction workers are facing these days.

    And though we realize workers standing alongside frustrated and crowded drivers can cause a verifiable hazard that requires all of our attention, we also see clearly where Cabinet officials are placing their collective weight.

  • What we think: Our graduates have a unique opportunity

    Dear Class of 2010

    Welcome to your first real step into adulthood.

    We congratulate you, the last graduating class of a unified Shelby County High School, and we are glad to have you among us.

    Because we need you.

    We have looked at your resume, and we have been amazed at what you have accomplished these past four years.

  • MY WORD: A champion speller from Shelby became a champion of journalists

    In the April 2 edition of The Sentinel-News, my attention was drawn to a brief three-line snippet that was buried among other news items in "Looking Backward," the weekly feature that spans nearly a century of Shelby County doings.

     "75 years ago, 1935 ... David Whittaker [sic], an eighth-grade student at Clark School, won the County Spelling Bee."