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Today's Opinions

  • SOUDER: Saved by the (wedding) bell

    Unless you have been hiding under a rock or totally avoiding all media for the last couple of weeks (and who could blame you?), you are aware that Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in an elaborate ceremony at Westminster Abby in London last Friday.

  • This year's Kentucky Derby was a bit different in Shelby County

    A sunny Run for the Roses is always a great day to be a Kentuckian, but that glare on our old Shelby County homes Saturday was even a bit brighter than usual.

    That’s because for the first time in decades we had someone local to root home, a personal chunk of us, a force to steal inside us and transform all those generic impulses of pride and emotion into true partisanship.

  • What we think: Debate about Ten Commandments is important

    We are pleased to see that the conversation about whether the Ten Commandments should be posted in our state and federal offices has elevated and remained rational.
    Whether you are a proponent or opponent of these tenets being displayed, you have to feel good about a touchstone topic being brought to the public fore and the issue debated openly through our shared freedom.
    For all laws – all planks of the construction of our government – were built on your simple right to do that: disagree.

  • We congratulate: Character jockey Jon Court has showed in his career

    Jon Court didn’t ride off with the roses at the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, but he is nevertheless a winner.
    His perseverance, his patience, his talent and his character shone beneath a strong spotlight in Louisville last week, and for that we congratulate him.
    Winning horse races, games, political campaigns, agricultural competitions and even beauty pageants all take talent, poise and commitment.

  • NEIHOF: Thoughts about a tough budget for 2011-12

    The news from Frankfort regarding funding for education has been as gloomy as the recent weather. Last fall we received the news that half of the district’s professional development funds would not be coming from the state. In mid-winter we were notified that the school district was losing more than $500,000 in funding for the current school year.  Then about a month ago, we received notice of more than $300,000 in reduced state revenue for next year.

    How do we plan for such shortfalls?

    That’s a tough one to answer.

  • This year's Kentucky Derby was a bit different in Shelby County

    A sunny Run for the Roses is always a great day to be a Kentuckian, but that glare on our old Shelby County homes Saturday was even a bit brighter than usual.

    That’s because for the first time in decades we had someone local to root home, a personal chunk of us, a force to steal inside us and transform all those generic impulses of pride and emotion into true partisanship.

  • Letters to the Editor, May 11, 2011

    Don’t change grad rules at end

    It seems that the issue of class rank never goes away in Shelby County. In 2004, I was named Shelby County High School’s valedictorian, but only after a brouhaha. The Sentinel-Newsarrived to interview Jeremy Miller (the salutatorian-apparent) and me. After the piece was published, a minor furor erupted among some parents and the administration, which resulted in one valedictorian and three salutatorians that year.

  • What we think: Debate about Ten Commandments is important

    We are pleased to see that the conversation about whether the Ten Commandments should be posted in our state and federal offices has elevated and remained rational.
    Whether you are a proponent or opponent of these tenets being displayed, you have to feel good about a touchstone topic being brought to the public fore and the issue debated openly through our shared freedom.
    For all laws – all planks of the construction of our government – were built on your simple right to do that: disagree.