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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: Lots of smoke but no real fire

    The Shelby County City Council responded to a request from some of its citizens to limit smoking at the city’s restaurants about like we expected it would in an election year: not at all.

    A few dozen concerned citizens on both sides of the debate showed up at last Thursday’s council meeting to hear Vladi Gomelsky’s request for the city to consider following others in Kentucky and create an ordinance that would address smoking in restaurants.

  • We congratulate: Triple S for moving to remove vehicles

    Sometimes the public questions the activities of Triple S Planning & Zoning, saying the commission is not operating in the clear or reflecting the public’s desires.

    But, no matter whether or not you agree with those points, we believe you have to join us in offering congratulations to the board for its strong, purposeful and appropriate steps to remove a collection of unsightly automobiles from properties on the western extremes of Shelbyville.

  • My word: Latino or Hispanic? Really we are all just people

    Just the other day I overheard a couple of ladies discussing the growing number of Hispanics in Shelby County. They were judging the boom of this population by their increasing presence in one of our county’s most cherished landmarks. While shopping, one lady said, “There are more and more people speaking Mexican at Walmart everyday.” 

  • My Word: Polarization in our community takes many forms

    What are the polarizations that exist within our little community of Shelbyville?

    Of course we have three prominent groups—White, Black, and Latino—that commingle to make Shelbyville, well, Shelbyville.

  • SOUDER: The best of both worlds? For Miley, yes -- for Tiger and Brit, no?

    If you have a 6-to-14-year-old girl that lives in your house, you are no doubt well aware of the popular Disney Channel show, Hannah Montana.

    For those who are not blessed with a young girl at home, allow me to enlighten you. The premise of the show is that the main character, Miley Stewart (played by actress Miley Cyrus), is a very talented singer that could make it big in the music industry.

  • A change of decades can't come too soon -- or can it?

    The TV weathercaster gave a smile to the screen last week and warned us, “We’re about to have the snowstorm of the decade,” a comment so clever it sailed right over the heads of his fellow anchors.

  • We congratulate: Teachers who earned board certification

    On Thursday the Shelby County School Board honored seven new board-certified teachers.

    We congratulate Elizabeth Bland, Clear Creek Elementary; Angela Chambers, Simpsonville Elementary; April Manning, Simpsonville Elementary; Rebekah Meredith, Painted Stone Elementary; Jenna Richardson, Simpsonville Elementary; Sarah Smith, Southside Elementary; and Anita White, Simpsonville Elementary.

  • Here’s a late Christmas present of joy and inspiration

    Today you were supposed to read some pithy commentary about the new year, the past decade and one man’s 10-year graduate degree in life. You were to be enlightened, informed, entertained and inspired.