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Today's Opinions

  • MY WORD: We must preserve our roots in agriculture at the high schools

    Next year, students will benefit from the opening of Martha Layne Collins High School. While many new opportunities will await students, the community is concerned about a lack of support for the Agriculture Program.

    According to Shelby County High School Principal Eddie Oakley, “The community wants to see more emphasis put on animal science and a transition away from agriculture mechanics.”

  • What we think: County should listen in smoking meeting

    The debate about whether to regulate smoking in Shelby County’s restaurants lands where it should on Tuesday night: in a working session with Shelby County Fiscal Court.

    This is a rudimentary first step toward what we believe is the appropriate action: discussing it on a countywide basis.

  • MY WORD: Lessons from a roll of Lifesavers

    Back when we were children, Valentine's Day was always a day of excitement and anticipation.

    In my elementary school years, one of the highlights of winter would be our class Valentine Party. Once the date was set, our teacher would utilize the days leading up to the party for preparation.

    We would work for days creating receptacles for our Valentines. One year we decorated brown lunch bags and taped them to our desks.

  • Trying to get some traction on our icy roads

    A guy on the phone was making a point about last Tuesday morning’s open skating session on our county’s roads.

    “Don’t you think it’s time people started taking responsibility for driving on icy roads, like they used to a long time ago?” he asked.

     “Now people expect the roads to be in perfect condition all the time. They don’t know how to drive on them when they’re not.”

  • What we think: This intersection will need a traffic signal

    For several weeks now, Shelby County Public Schools has been requesting that the State Department of Highways commit to installing a traffic signal on U.S. 60 in front of the new Collins High School.

    But those requests appear to be, well, stuck in traffic.

  • SOUDER: How a state senate bill and a Super Bowl ad expose the truth

    As we were heading out the door for a meeting at church one recent Sunday evening, I overheard our 10-year-old daughter telling her 9-year-old brother (in her best parental tone), “Chase, put the football back!”

    In no uncertain certain terms, she wanted to make it clear to her brother that he shouldn’t bring his football along to the meeting.

  • A piece of the fabric of Shelby County becomes a man of the cloth

    This is a scene that might be played out in any town, large or small.

    On a recent weekday, around a lunch table at a popular eatery near the courthouse, sat a judge, a magistrate, a court officer, a banker, a retired businessman, a would-be public official and a newspaper editor.

    In some circles this would be called a power lunch, and in fact each person has a significant role in Shelby County’s power structure.

    All the names at the table were important, just not so important to this story.

  • What we think: More candidates improve process

    The slates pretty much are in place for our election year, and we wish we would have more candidates on our ballots.

    Yes, we have some races that have drawn significant interest – the District 20 state senate race prime among them – but in so many places we have leaders who will move directly to November or, more likely, remain in the roles they have.

    The upside of this process is that Shelby County has strong leadership.