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Today's Opinions

  • We congratulate: The teachings of Caterina Karas

    Something tells us this won’t be the last time we congratulate Caterina Karas for winning a state championship.

    Karas, a junior at Collins, in November captured the first state championship silver for the Titans’ new trophy case by running away with the cross-country championship, and on Thursday she added two more baubles by winning her events at the state track & field meet.

    Her victories in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs – that’s the metric mile and 2-mile runs – in one meet is a fabulous feat of feet.

  • Memo to smokers: Get your butts out of here

    An old colleague, basketball executive, author and many times Boston Marathoner Pat Williams, used to open speeches by saying:
    “I’m going to speak first to those of you who are smokers, in as much as you have less time to live than the rest of us.”

    And today I am addressing you smokers.

    But this isn’t a pray-for-you evangelism about the evils of inhaling the incineration of an unctuous weed whose fumes are so toxic that they do nothing but spread death through your body.

  • What we think: Our schools’ missed lessons

    This Saturday more than 400 seniors will gather for commencements at Shelby County and Collins high schools in celebrations of accomplishment defined by perseverance, commitment and pursuit of excellence.

    Many of them will have exceeded expectations and withstood obstacles great and small to achieve their levels of success. Some will have created a legacy for academic excellence that will stand for their rest of their lives. Others will be happy just to be there.

  • We congratulate: The teachings of Caterina Karas

    Something tells us this won’t be the last time we congratulate Caterina Karas for winning a state championship.

    Karas, a junior at Collins, in November captured the first state championship silver for the Titans’ new trophy case by running away with the cross-country championship, and on Thursday she added two more baubles by winning her events at the state track & field meet.

    Her victories in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs – that’s the metric mile and 2-mile runs – in one meet is a fabulous feat of feet.

  • Letters to the Editor, June 1, 2011

    Schools don’t have to change rules


    When I was a girl, we lived in the country and didn’t have close neighbors, so we spent lots of time entertaining ourselves by jumping off the haystack or throwing gourds in the pond.  But sometimes my brother and sisters and I would each get to invite a friend over to spend the night.

  • MY WORD: High achiever ready to soar higher

    Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University will enroll its third student from Shelby County Public Schools when the 2011-2012 school year begins next fall.

    Sam Saarinen, a sophomore at Shelby County High School, has been selected for the incoming junior class and for the 2013 graduating class. Sam, the son of Tim and Anne Saarinen is following in the footsteps of Chris Obermeyer, who is now at Duke University, and Katherine Goebel, who graduates this spring.

  • SOUDER: The end of the world as we know it

    I take today’s title from an R.E.M. song of similar name, a song my fourth-grade son spontaneously began singing at the breakfast table on Monday morning when he saw the headline about the tragic tornado in Joplin, Mo. Though he meant it to bring comic relief to an otherwise terribly unfunny event, his mother was not amused.

  • We're still here -- we hope -- if the Rapture didn't occur

    Were you like me around dinnertime on Saturday evening? Did you look at the clock and wonder?
    Surely I wasn’t left behind, was I?
    After all, radio evangelist Harold Camping had been saying that the Rapture would begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, that a series of Heavenly orchestrated earthquakes would crash across the country and that we all would be headed Home.
    Well, some of us.
    Certainly, if that had happened, I was hoping to be included.