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Today's Opinions

  • MY WORD: The shooting of Gen. Denhardt is one of Shelby's biggest stories

    Henry H. Denhardt, a former adjutant general and a lieutenant governor of Kentucky, was charged in 1936 for the murder of his girlfriend, Verna Garr Taylor of Henry County.

    A trial took place in Henry County on April 20, 1937. More than 1,000 people gathered for the trial, with entertainment and refreshments being offered on the courthouse lawn.

    It ended in a hung jury, and a retrial was scheduled on Sept. 21, 1937.

  • Our space program has a new goal: Staying home

    As these characters meekly appear on a computer screen, three men and a woman are flying above us in the space shuttle Atlantis, the last planned human voyage into space for perhaps this generation.

    A program that has since President Kennedy’s manifest address in 1961 explored beyond the horizons, developed medical, technological and economic solutions that benefited mankind, that brought reality to the myths of our youth, could be left to dust.

  • What we think: We hope $$$ buys answers at Collins High School

    We are hearing the cries of concern from parents, students and taxpayers about the bill the Shelby County School Board is willing to swallow to repair the sinking turf at Collins High School’s Titan Stadium.

    At their last meeting on June 23, board members voted to spend a sum approaching $400,000 on a potentialremedy for the undulations and pitfalls that have emerged beneath this year-old artificial surface – and the emphasis on the word “potential” is not ours.

  • What we think: Animal training is a good idea

    Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong’s investigation into the shooting by Deputy Brian Miller of the dog Daisy produced the sort of findings that we had expected.

    We did not expect the sheriff to determine that Mr. Miller acted incorrectly, and we did expect there to be any disciplinary action in the case.

    There never seemed to be significant concern that the case was handled improperly, public opinion notwithstanding.

  • Letters to the Editor, July 6, 2011

    Serious questions
    about Collins’ field

  • What we need is some independence from excesisive fireworks

    It was around 11:30 on Monday night when I was roused from my most peaceful slumber by incoming fire that must have sounded like the cacophony that careens through the ears of foxhole dwellers. The booms were loud and persistent, the echoes long-lasting. Diving under the covers did no good.
    In fact, the blasts were so thunderous I wanted to record them and play them for my Marine son to ask him if this is what it was like during his recent tour in Afghanistan.
    I’ve never been to war, but it sounded like the music.

  • What we think: Investigation is appropriate step

    Sheriff Mike Armstrong’s reticence about the details of the shooting of a family’s pet dog by one of his deputies continues to trouble us, but we are willing to be patient with Mr. Armstrong’s office for a few more days.

    That’s because we think it’s a good idea that Mr. Armstrong launched an internal investigation about why Deputy Brian Miller used deadly force as his first option when confronted by a Labrador in the backyard of a house he was checking for break-in.

  • We congratulate: Mr. Hudson’s choice by United Way

    The choice of Bobby Hudson to head Shelby County’s United Way campaign is a terrific one for those who want to raise money to help community service organizations in Shelby County.

    Mr. Hudson, the popular and capable CEO of the Shelby County Industrial & Development Foundation, certainly knows his way around our boardrooms, corporate offices and public leadership ladder.

    With decades spent in banking, business development and luring new companies and jobs to the county, Mr. Hudson is known by almost everyone who makes decisions on any level.