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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sometimes we can be green about life on a few acres

    A sympathy card is in the mail to Lisa Douglas.

    You may remember her, the wife of attorney Oliver Wendell Douglas, who was pulled against her will from her apartment on Park Avenue in New York City and moved to a farm in the middle of somewhere so her husband could pursue his true passion of farming.

    Lisa wasn’t happy about that decision, because the new digs were closer to henhouse than penthouse, if you get my drift. But she adapted.

  • Sometimes we can be green about life on a few acres

    A sympathy card is in the mail to Lisa Douglas.

    You may remember her, the wife of attorney Oliver Wendell Douglas, who was pulled against her will from her apartment on Park Avenue in New York City and moved to a farm in the middle of somewhere so her husband could pursue his true passion of farming.

    Lisa wasn’t happy about that decision, because the new digs were closer to henhouse than penthouse, if you get my drift. But she adapted.

  • Letters to the Editor, April 11, 2012

    Mall’s wetlands impact

     

    This is not a letter in protest to the proposed outlet mall development in Simpsonville. But as I read the article (“Planned outlet mall starts approval bid,” April 6), I wondered about the Horizon Group's request to fill in the 6.5-acre pond and surrounding wetlands. Where will all that existing water, drainage capability and buffering potential go, so that neighboring properties are not negatively impacted?

  • Give me a little hair, long beautiful hair

    My son walked into the kitchen the other day, dressed for an evening event, and asked me proudly, “Do you like how I have my hair organized?”

    Although he is gifted in language arts, he didn’t quite understand why I immediately laughed, thinking perhaps that his “organization” wasn’t all that great.

    Truth is, he has extremely soft, thick hair – think of something that you would use to brush clean a fine fabric or even your own hair – and it had grown beyond its “organizational” best.