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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor, Feb. 16, 2011

    About SPLC’s response

    A hidden agenda
    Mark Potok in his My Word (“Calling a lie a lie is not suppressing free speech,” Feb. 2) appears to have a hidden agenda, just as does his organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center. On the surface this group appears to be fighting the good fight to correct the ills of our society.

  • What we think: Immigration issues can’t be solved here

    The members of our General Assembly appear fixated this term on the idea that they must provide some antidote to the problem of illegal immigration, which is a topical and touchy issue for so many Shelby Countians.

    Two different bills are working their way through the enactment process – the Senate passed its version in January, and the House is doing its part now – and state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) has said he believes some sort of measure will come to a full vote.

  • We congratulate: Animal groups’ working together

    What a wonderful concept it was on Saturday night when all the animal support organizations of Shelby County came together for a unified fund-raising events, Monarchs, Mutts and Meows.

    That catchy title – and headliner entertainment – aside, this was a landmark occurrence when the collective power of these niche organizations brought in a crowd so large that some may have had to be turned away.

  • What we think: Let’s keep moving on Exit 32 remedy

    We are extremely pleased to learn that so much momentum is gathering to improve the deadly ramp onto Interstate 64 eastbound at Exit 32.

    We were overjoyed to see state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville), current and former state Sen. Paul Hornback and Gary Tapp and Magistrate Tony Carriss and other elected leaders press their influential feet squarely on the accelerator pedal that has powered the state forward toward an immediate remedy to a dangerous, longstanding problem.

  • What we think: Let’s keep moving on Exit 32 remedy

    We are extremely pleased to learn that so much momentum is gathering to improve the deadly ramp onto Interstate 64 eastbound at Exit 32.

    We were overjoyed to see state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville), current and former state Sen. Paul Hornback and Gary Tapp and Magistrate Tony Carriss and other elected leaders press their influential feet squarely on the accelerator pedal that has powered the state forward toward an immediate remedy to a dangerous, longstanding problem.

  • We congratulate: Those who have taken center stage

    People who have spent a lot of time in Shelby County are finding their places on stage these days – and it’s center stage, at that.

    First there was Jennifer Lawrence, whose family owns a business in Shelby County, being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress at the ripe old age of 20 for her role in the acclaimed Winter’s Bone.

    Then there is Brandi Neelly, who learned a lot of her singing in Shelby County, advancing on American Idol. She’s all of 16.

  • Some of these people need to be committed

    There’s a canyon-sized gap in our high school curriculum that has become overwhelmingly obvious: Some of our children don’t know the meaning of the words “commit” or “commitment.”

    We speak, of course, of those elite among our students who have displayed such athletic prowess that they are a human commodity for our nation’s colleges and universities.

  • Some of these people need to be committed

    There’s a canyon-sized gap in our high school curriculum that has become overwhelmingly obvious: Some of our children don’t know the meaning of the words “commit” or “commitment.”

    We speak, of course, of those elite among our students who have displayed such athletic prowess that they are a human commodity for our nation’s colleges and universities.