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Today's Opinions

  • The world of soccer may not be our cup of tea -- but look out

    The World Cup of soccer begins this week, and all eyes will be fixed on the competition in South Africa.

    At least that’s what they tell me.

    I hear it on ESPN, read about it on the cover of Sports Illustrated and see it promoted in multicultural eating establishments around the area.

    This is said to be the biggest and greatest sports event in the world.

  • We congratulate: Baseball, softball teams’ successes

    We thought the community had great reason to celebrate when the Shelby County Rockets earned their way into the state basketball tournament.

    But now, thanks to two rousing victories in the 8th Regional Tournament, the last year of the unified Shelby County High School will finish with two teams vying for a state championship.

  • The Crusade still has cause but doesn’t give us pause

    The Crusade for Children has been part of the calendar in Kentucky and an intransient icon in our memories for most of all our lives.

    It was during the polio era in the early 1950s that the folks at WHAS in Louisville gave birth to a telethon fundraiser that seized those who viewed with its ability to generate dollars, its concept of community cause and its determination to dazzle us as well as move us.

  • What we think: Council is correct to oppose 'beer bar'

    The Shelbyville City Council took an unusual step at its recent meeting in passing a resolution in support of denying a liquor license for those who want to open what it called a “beer bar” at 616 Main Street.

    For the council as an elected body to offer its opinions on what essentially is a private business matter might seem to some to be employing its collective power inappropriately.

  • What is happening in the Gulf is a very ugly picture

    The photo is grainy in that 1960s, take-your-film-to-the-drugstore kind of Kodachrome way.

    But it is indelible in its image of a family enjoying time in a large body of water, the sort that drifts into the horizon, never to be seen again. Two little boys and their Mom and another family wade in the obviously warm and nearly knee-deep salt water, wonder on their faces and in their body language.

  • We congratulate: Those who created Slaughter Memorial

    There is a wonderful new monument in our community that not all of you see.

    It’s the new memorial to the Slaughter Massacre that has been under construction on U.S. 60 just west of Simpsonville.

    Under the direction of a caring Shelby County native, Jerry Miller, a hardworking group has taken significant effort to memorialize the spot where a group of African-American soldiers were ambushed and killed in 1865.

  • SOUDER: Truth, tolerance and the American way

    Near the beginning of the comedic movie remake of Homer’s Odyssey, O Brother Where Art Thou? (which I unfortunately cannot recommend because it contains quite a bit of unnecessary profanity), the three main characters are divided over which of them should be the leader.

    The first defiantly steps forward, points to his chest, and says, “I’m with yours truly!”

  • Here are a few things this book about must-sees doesn’t see

    Now that the Shelbyville Horse Show has been rated one of the 10 best summer events in Kentucky, I have a name to be placed on the guest list for this year’s event:

    Gary P. West.

    I doubt Hoppy or R.H. Bennett knows West, but they would do well to curry his favor.