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Today's Opinions

  • We congratulate: Sen. Tapp on his retirement

    With the dawning of the new year, so many wonderful deeds have come and gone without a sufficient round of applause.
    So many have given of their time to help others (including in moments of need and tragedy). So many have been willing to serve.
    Many have been praised publicly – including outgoing public servants Cody Armstrong, Betty Curtsinger and George Best – and there’s an upcoming appreciation dinner for retiring state Sen. Gary Tapp.

  • There is a little more to that horse story

    When last we left you, we had shared our heartwarming little story of the Paint mare my wife had adopted, which some of you said left you feeling as good as it did us.
    We’ve had smiles and tears and hugs and plenty of handholding through this process, but today, in homage to the great Paul Harvey, we must share “the rest of the story.”
    Page Two.

  • Letters to the Editor, Jan. 12, 2011

    Smoking ban is good idea

    Our local legislatures, Rep. Brad Montell and Sen. Paul Hornback, said they aren't interested in passing a statewide anti-smoking bill. This bill should be voted on and passed. Why?
    According to the National Cancer Society, secondhand smoke contains over 4,000 chemical compounds of which more than 60 are known or suspected to cause cancer.
    Secondhand smoke in the US each year is responsible for:
    •    An estimated 46,000 non-smokers dying from heart disease.

  • What we think: Tragic shootings bring new fears

    The tragic and traumatic shootings that occurred in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday leave us  at once in a sad and frightening place.
    For any innocent person to be gunned down is a tragedy. For a respected judge and five bystanders to be left dead and a promising member of Congress critically wounded is a statement.
    And because of that statement, we fear this is a crime with another potential target, too:
    This is an inherent assault on the First Amendment.

  • We congratulate: Sen. Tapp on his retirement

    With the dawning of the new year, so many wonderful deeds have come and gone without a sufficient round of applause.
    So many have given of their time to help others (including in moments of need and tragedy). So many have been willing to serve.
    Many have been praised publicly – including outgoing public servants Cody Armstrong, Betty Curtsinger and George Best – and there’s an upcoming appreciation dinner for retiring state Sen. Gary Tapp.

  • In search of the ‘a-ha!’ moments

    A man goes into his favorite deli where the waiter immediately brings his regular order: a bowl of matzo ball soup. The customer signals the waiter to come back.

    "Taste the soup!" he commands.

    "Why?" inquires the surprised waiter.

    "Taste the soup!" comes the reply.

    "Max, you've been coming in here every day for ten years. There's never been anything wrong with the soup."

    "Taste the soup!"

  • MY WORD: About the sale, closing of Diagnostic Imaging

    I want to let the community know what really went on with the closing of Diagnostic Imaging Shelbyville.
    First of all, I would like you to know that I was employed by Jewish Hospital Shelbyville full time from approximately August 1994 to November 2006 and am very proud of that.
    My last position there was in the Radiology Department as radiology clerk/dark room assistant. I took pride in my job and made sure that all avenues were taken to make sure that the patients were treated in a manner in which I would want to be treated.

  • Letters to the Editor, Jan. 5, 2011

    Sampson missed