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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.

  • 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.

  • What we think: Governor's race needs new focus

    Only a week has passed since the final slate was established for this fall’s governor’s election, and already we are concerned about how this race will play out in the next 168 days.
    Incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear and Republican David Williams appear to have taken off the gloves before they officially had them on, and independent Gatewood Galbraith is somewhere out there trying to get people to understand that he really is a candidate.

  • We congratulate: Dream-inspired 7th Street plan

    We really like this new plan for 7th Street. We like the idea that our leaders are taking steps to improve an important corridor for the value of Shelbyville and for the quality of life for Shelby Countians.
    We like the idea of the new roundabout to enter the Clear Creek Park, and we like the new, uncrumbled sidewalks on both sides of the street.
    We like the idea of painting the railroad overpass and of redeveloping some of the vacant and decaying property around it.

  • 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.