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Today's Opinions

  • We congratulate: Creators of sensational idea

    Sometime over the years the Shelby County Fair evolved into a pageant of pageants.

    What began in 1842 as a celebration of farm life and livestock has evolved in 2012 to be a celebration of our children on display like a lot of that livestock, and we venture there are more of the former than the latter entered at the fair.

    What for decades was a baby show and a beauty contest for young women now has expanded into a days-long, multi-age-group competition among girls and boys, which would beg the question about whether we have taken this too far.

  • NEIHOF: Goal-setting efforts paying off

    This BIG Goal was introduced to staff and students three years ago, a lofty goal with high expectations, intense monitoring, and consistent engagement.

    The focus never wavered. The hard work got harder. The efforts were never-ending.

    “Not all of my students are on grade level but by golly way more than the majority are,” is what Pam Pickens from Painted Stone Elementary said on the last day of school, June 4. “Setting that bar so high made us aim high, and it worked.”

  • MY WORD: For the ink-stained, this is wretched

    I was first paid for my writing when I was 13 years old. The Shelby Newsadvertised for "correspondents" to cover activities at the eight local junior high schools. Because the major activities were sports-related, a phone call and my immediate hiring became an introduction to the world of print journalism.

    It was the best call I ever made, not only because I would be paid the princely sum of 10 cents for every column inch of information I contributed, but it set me off on a career path that continues a half-century to this day.

  • SOUDER: Father’s Day is just like Mother’s Day, except smaller presents

    As I hope you are aware, this Sunday is Father’s Day. For whatever reason, as the title of today’s column suggests, Father’s Day seems to play second fiddle to Mother’s Day.

    Perhaps it is because, in many instances, moms play a bigger role in the child-rearing process. I once read an article describing differences between moms and dads, and one of the areas it highlighted was the knowledge about their children.

  • Letters to the Editor, June 13, 2012

    Inspectors can’t enforce codes

     

    People should not be concerned about the shortage of building inspectors in the city of Shelbyville (“Shelbyville plugging inspector’s position,” May 30). The Shelby County building inspector cannot enforce the building codes anyway.

  • A tradition like no other

    They lounged beneath awnings that were erected under a shade tree in the front yard and at tables, chairs, benches and even a swing spaced along an L-shaped front porch. They squeezed into folding chairs at tables, found occasional seats along walls, surrounded card tables pushed together in the family room and even stood and sat in spots around the perimeter of the kitchen and on playground equipment in the back yard.

  • What we think: 2 outlet mall plans increase the odds

    If this were Las Vegas, we would say all bets on an outlet mall being built near Simpsonville are now “double down.”

    That’s blackjack lingo, of course, for doubling your bets on the cards in front of you, and those who would want an outlet mall in Shelby County now have two cards to play toward reaching that goal.

  • What we think: George Cottrell leaves a testimony

    The passing of George Cottrell at such an early age will be felt in Shelby County not only by his large and loving family but also by the public in general.

    For Mr. Cottrell, who died last week after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease), not only was a motivating coach, an inspiring teacher and  a fount of incredible talent, but he was one of those true and fleeting elements for many of us: a role model.