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Today's Opinions

  • This dog won’t have his day

    I don’t have a dog in this fight, but now I can’t imagine that Mitt Romney has any more chance of carrying Shelby County on Election Day (either of them)  than Hooch does of of winning the Westminster Dog Show.

    That became cat-eyed clear when I read the other day for the first time the story of the Romney family’s dog and his ride atop the car on a family vacation.

    I realize many of you who doggedly follow the political pontifications already know all the leavings on this.

  • MY WORD: Let's turn a loss to learning: The Trey Williams Scholarship

    Just last week I had a local high school senior tell me how some students – black, white and Hispanic – were angry and dangerous. She said they believed the late Trey Williams had been killed by police officers because he was black. She said the high school administrators were puzzled by the escalation of tensions and misbehaviors. This young woman, teenager of one of our leading families, said adults needed to address the situation or “something bad is going to happen.”

  • What we think: SCPS has good chance to diversify

    Shelby County Public Schools is facing a rather rare opportunity that has emerged at even a rarer time – a situation so unique that school officials should find it compulsory to use the situation to its best advantage.

    We speak of the five openings for principals – at Collins High School, East Middle and three elementary schools – that must be filled before the next school year, nearly half the principals employed by the district.

  • What we think: Ethington case out of sequence

    Is it us, or do you, too, feel like the owners of Ethington Auto Sales have been sent to prison before they ever have faced a jury?

    Donnie Ethington and William Ledford, owners of the auto dealership in Shelbyville, saw their license to operate rescinded by the Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission because of the ongoing criminal investigation into the way they have managed their dealership.

    Mr. Ethington and Mr. Ledford were able to keep open their doors past Sunday by filing an appeal with the Franklin County Circuit Court, their sole recourse at their option.

  • SOUDER: The saddest word in the English language

    Today I’d like to take a few minutes of your time to talk about what I believe is perhaps the saddest word in the English language.

    Now, some might suggest that the saddest word is a medically-related word such as “inoperable” or “‘terminal,” and I certainly am not minimizing those. Others might think the saddest word is more philosophical, such as “almost.”

  • Letters to the Editor, April 18, 2012

    Gun law impact

     

    We have the tragic result of "stand your ground" gun statutes in Florida.  Thank you, NRA.

    Years ago, when I was a much younger lawyer, we had the shooting at Columbine. I made the comment shortly after to a young state trooper that the country was awash in guns. Oddly, he disagreed, maintaining it wasn't the guns but the bad people. To my thinking, the last group who would want free and easy access to guns would be cops.

  • NEIHOF: Here’s how to prepare for K-PREP

    We are preparing for the annual state assessments in May – but it’s out with the old and in with the new.

    The new state system is called Unbridled Learning: College/Career-Readiness for All. It takes into account all areas of a school’s work and even replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements because of a federal waiver. That means Shelby County Public Schools will have a single set of goals to meet.

    I am excited – and anxious – about the changes.

  • What we think: We have a generally worthless assembly

    Are you as sick as we are about these games that are played in Frankfort?

    Are you sick of politics overpowering decision-making? Are you with us and think the name of our legislative branch should be changed to the “Generally Worthless Assembly?”

    Because that’s what we have had for the past two months: a pretty – and petty – worthless assembly of lawmakers who could not do their jobs because they were being wagged by the political dogs.