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Today's Opinions

  • We congratulate: Artavia Acklin, teacher of the year

    There is no greater professional reward than to be chosen as the best among your peers.

    And because of that Artavia Acklin must feel very proud these days.

    She was chosen the Teacher of the Year for Shelby County.

    Teaching is a wonderful profession that attracts a very special breed of individual. There’s a dedication and commitment to excellence that is overpowering.

  • What we think: New SCHS principal must communicate

    We welcome to our community the new principal at Shelby County High School.

    Eddie Oakley arrives from Lexington Dunbar with a broad base of experience on his resume, a reputation for being a good guy and a self-proclaimed focus on how data informs a school’s culture.

    He won’t take over until July 1, but we suspect Mr. Oakley already is being sought by those with advice to extend, parents who take very personally the environment and productivity of the leaders of their children’s education.

  • We congratulate: Elisabeth Martin, Miss Kentucky State

    When Shelby County native Elisabeth Martin became the first white woman to be voted  Miss Kentucky State University, her accomplishment was much greater than simply winning a pageant.

    Ms. Martin has knocked down a barrier that was in its isolated way was just as steadfast as those broken by Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King Jr., even if the resistance was not nearly so tragic.

  • Can you lick your fingers after eating grilled chicken?

     

    Don’t you just love the new marketing campaign for KFC? You know, the one challenging you to think of the restaurant’s grilled chicken as a great healthy meal. Doesn’t the whole idea have a lot of pluck?

    First the word “fried” is eliminated from the company’s name, and now we have the franchise chicken itself removed from the advertising in that wonderful, backhanded way of marketers.

  • Moms: ‘Everything nice and 1 dab of mean’

    Many readers of this column will fall into one of these categories:  You either have a mother, are married to one, or both.  If you find yourself in one of those categories, here is your fair warning -- Sunday is Mother’s Day.

    So in light of this, and in honor of moms everywhere, allow me to share some wisdom about moms straight from the minds and hearts of elementary students.

    I have listed the top answers to a number of questions regarding moms that were given with insight by a group of second-graders.

  • We congratulate: Mine That Bird and his handlers

    If you had anything – even a 50-cent party bet – on Mind That Bird in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, you merit our most humble congratulations.

    Yes, we know some of you did. You had to pick the name, the odds or simply the open spot on someone’s board and go for the long shot. And we hope you cashed a check greater than the colt’s $9,500 purchase price.

  • What we think: Sen. Tapp's decision must be an opportunity

    Sen. Gary Tapp’s surprise announcement last week that he would not seek re-election is  bittersweet for the voters of Shelby County and his entire district.

    Mr. Tapp has served his constituents loyally and with passion for the past 12 years, and he has been true to those who elected him, a conservative base that makes up the core of the voters in Shelby, as last fall’s election results attested.

  • Derby Day makes experts out of all of us -- sort of

    So how will you spend your Derby Day? Will there be a party, a family gathering, a TV viewing or even a trip to the track itself?

    This most wonderful celebration of Kentucky’s greatest traditions – you know, wearing crazy clothes (not just hats), drinking bourbon and throwing away good money on bad hunches – is here, but how it resonates with Shelby Countians is hard to handicap.