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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: Wade v. CUB is unneeded diversion

    The news for Citizens Union Bank seems more dark today, and we fear that darkness might be obscuring a very key process for all of us.

    In the wake of what seemed an announcement to celebrate – the naming of two willing new chairs for CUB’s boards – came the discordant drop of a lawsuit from former CEO Billie Wade.

  • We congratulate: Barber, Beckley for sharing ideas

    In a county that is woefully underrepresented by African-Americans in its leadership positions – School Board Chair Brenda Jackson is the only truly public figure – we embrace those who step forward, who share ideas and commitment, as touchstones for all.

    And today we celebrate the accomplishments of two people with good ideas.

  • The baseball kids play today isn't the game we knew

     

    All-Star baseball teams from Shelby County have been playing in tournaments all across the state for these past few weeks. They wear nicely tailored knit uniforms, use the very best equipment – mostly their own – and play on fields so finely manicured that they put most of our gardens to shame.

    And every time they play, every time they pass the front road at Clear Creek Park, they should throw a kiss in the direction of the memorial sculpture dedicated to Bobby Stratton.

    They owe him.

  • SOUDER: A second look at the First Amendment

    In my last column, I brought attention to a recent Supreme Court decision in which the court upheld the University of California's Hastings College of Law’s decision to refuse to recognize officially a Christian Legal Society (CLS) chapter because CLS requires its members to adhere to a statement of faith.

  • We congratulate: Humane Society’s fine new facility

    The Humane Society’s new headquarters looks like a pretty hopping place.

    There are hundreds – perhaps thousands – of unwanted animals in need of care and treatment in Shelby County, and the society through its private fund-raising and a generous donation for Shelby County Fiscal Court now has a facility that should help address those needs.

  • We congratulate: Accomplishments of class of 2010

    We applaud the members of the Class of 2010 as they stride confidently into the future.

    This last unified graduating class of Shelby County always will hold an historical place, and it set an outstanding example for all that follow.

    These seniors excelled in academics, leadership and volunteerism.

    They were recognized with more than $2 million in scholarships and grants.

    They are attending more than 40 different colleges and secondary schools.

  • Do the houses that built you still live inside you?

    You may have heard country singer Miranda Lambert describe in her sweet and twangy voice the story of “The House That Built Me.”

    She tells of knocking on the door of the home where she grew up and explaining to the person who answers about how she learned life in the building’s nooks and crannies and yard, where she learned music and buried her dog.

  • EARLIER: SOUDER: You’ve come a long way, baby

    Because we celebrated the 234th birthday of our country this week, I thought it an appropriate time to look back at the kind of nation our Founding Fathers set out to establish compared to where we are today.