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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: Let's light flame under smoking issue

    The report last week by the U.S Surgeon General about the even more damaging effects of smoking – that brief exposures to even second-hand smoke can cause immediate and significant problems for your body – should light a fire under discussions in Shelby County about creating a smoking policy for restaurants.

  • SOUDER: Milestones that we should hug and kiss before it’s too late

    Tuesday of this week marked the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Indeed, Dec. 7, 1941 has become, just as President Roosevelt proclaimed, “a date which will live in infamy.” Other dates and events are embedded into the fabric of our country as well: July 4, 1776. Nov. 22, 1963 (when JFK was assassinated). Jan. 28, 1986 (the day the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded). Sept. 11,2001.

  • MY WORD: The reasons we serve

    The reasons why we serve are as varied and diverse as the American men and women who wear our nation’s uniforms.

    There are those who serve for personal pride and a yearning to give back to their community and to stand against those that threaten their home. Others serve for the tangible benefits of an education and financial stability.

  • Here are some highlights of the legend of Mike Casey

    Many of you probably are wondering, perhaps in perplexity or blissful ignorance, about why it is such a big deal that the gym and basketball court at Shelby County High School have been named in honor of iconic athletic star Mike Casey.

    Many of you – dare I say most? – weren’t around Shelby County nearly 50 years ago, when Casey was establishing himself as a humble hero for the masses of boys and girls and the young and old who flocked to see him play.

  • EARLIER: What we think: Broad audit needed for Shelby Energy

     There continues to be a very public and acrimonious spat between the management of Shelby Energy and some of its customers.

  • We congratulate: School officials for Casey event

    After months of decision-making and planning, the Shelby County School Board got it right with the way it handled the dedication of the new Mike Casey Gymnasium.

    Such events are christenings, bottle-breaking sorts of affairs. Often the dignitaries are unfamiliar to those attending and thus unimportant in the scheme of things.

  • What we think: As our new leaders, you have to think 'right'

    To our newly elected leaders:

    Congratulations on assuming your new responsibilities of working for one of the most important bosses of your life: your neighbors.

  • What we think: Shelby Energy adds light to questions

    We have seen in recent weeks some small streaks of light shining through what has been recently a troubling veneer of opacity generated by Shelby Energy Cooperative.

    We have listened and watched during these past months as members of the cooperative have raised a lengthy list of questions that sometimes have gone unanswered, sometimes drawn incomplete responses and, in almost every occasion, taken long periods of time to receive.