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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor, May 18, 2011

    Don’t remove

    seniors’ incentive

  • What we think: Graduating seniors deserve to be heard

    Shelby County Public Schools officials say the decision is final about how graduating seniors will be seated for  graduation. They are moving on with their plans to eliminate seating the top students in ranking order and talking to them individually about that  plan.

    Seniors from Shelby County High School have submitted through a letter their feeling that the change is good and welcome. They, too, it seems, have moved on.

    But we don’t think most people are ready to move on.

  • We congratulate: Choice of Fonza as top teacher

    One decision SCPS got right was the selection of Frances Fonza as its top teacher for this year.

    There are dozens of dedicated, talented and worthy teachers in our school system, but Ms. Fonza has stood out to us for years not only because she has drawn beautiful music from the throats of our students but because she has gone beyond vocal chords to produce good and talented human beings for the world.

  • 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.