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Today's Opinions

  • SOUDER: One family’s pursuit of the Call of the Wild

    Last weekend my family went camping.

    Now, I am aware that there are those who love the great outdoors. For those people, the sights, sounds and smells of nature are the closest things to heaven on earth that they can find.

    There are those that love to camp in tents, to be at one with creation, to go to sleep with the sound of the crickets and frogs in their ears and wake to the feel of the dewy grass under their feet.

  • What we think: Henry Cleveland recorded our lives

    Shelby County lost another one of its quieter but more influential residents this past week.

    Henry Cleveland may have been known as an affable mailman, a documentary photographer and a God-fearing friend to many residents, but to Shelby County he was all those things and more.

    Mr. Cleveland has helped record the history of our county, taking images of its people and places and collecting them as a valuable and irreplaceable archive.

  • What we think: Seniors’ work is what matters

    The report card overall this past week for Shelby County Public Schools was pretty good: A solid B, we would offer.

    That’s not to say the slightly improved test scores on the elementary and middle school levels were all that significant. We aren’t convinced the standardized testing really matters in measuring education quite as much as we sometimes would be led to believe.

  • We congratulate: Rothenburger’s bid for agriculture job

    A couple of weeks ago we commended Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger for his thoughtful review of a bid to run for governor. Our position was – and remains – that we like to see Shelby Countians step forward and seek h

  • Sometimes you can't believe what you see

     Five years ago today – and as I type the word “five” I shudder to conceive all that has happened since – I woke up sleeping in the back of my pickup truck.

  • We congratulate: New, improved 'taste' of Shelby

     If you missed last Monday’s Taste & Tunes put on by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, you missed a lot of fun and great food.

  • The error of our ways can be an overwhelming

     Many years ago, when I was a young reporter working in Jackson, Miss., I wrote an editorial on a sports opinion page about a new stadium lease agreement the Jackson Mets were seeking with the City of Jackson.

    In those six or eight paragraphs, all well-developed logic that prodded the city to get in the game, I included one very large and significant error in the way I stated the percentage of increase the city was seeking.

  • SOUDER: Sept. 17, 2010: It’s Still a Mad, Mad, Mad World

    A preacher came across a small group of boys who had circled around a small dog and were talking among themselves. “What are you boys…”

    We interrupt this regularly-scheduled column to bring you an update from the mad, mad, mad world of political correctness.