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Today's Opinions

  • This week we get a glimpse into the past and the future

    We can pull out a familiar old term from the unabridged dictionary of our minds this week and reintroduce it to our daily vernacular after an, oh, 35-year absence.

    This etymological re-entry will become official Friday night at Collins High School Stadium, where cross-town rival – yes, that’s the word – Shelby County comes a-calling, as Cawood used to say.

    Rivalry.

  • The greatest athlete of a lifetime leaves a great legacy

    I have an elderly aunt who not long ago confided something very important to me.

    “I like what you write,” she said, “except I don’t care much about sports.”

    Well, Carroll, I have to apologize, but sometimes my roots in the dirt of diamonds, the creaky basketball courts and the trees, sand and water of golf courses sometimes fight their way past the topsoil of today’s world and push fresh shoots that must be nourished with a few organic sentences from the compost pile within me.

  • What we think: Candidates deserve your vote Tuesday

    We have but days remaining until Election Day, and we’re sure the candidates will be almost as glad as we are when the votes are counted.

    We have to say almost because those who fail to capture the most votes certainly won’t be pleased that the race is finished.

    But we do believe they would admit they need a few moments to sit back and relax, that they are as tired as they can be.

  • Once a showcase for movies, now a scrap heap for all

    When I heard they were tearing down Showcase Cinemas, the old complex on Bardstown Road in Louisville, I shook my head with a sadness that usually is reserved for when a church or a school or something ancient and irreplaceable was being razed rather than just an outdated theater that hadn’t been open for years.

    But in its own relatively less relevant way, the Showcase was, well, a showcase, even before it exactly bore that name.

  • We congratulate: Shotts’ gift and its potential legacy

     Shelby Trails is on a happy trail to opening. The Shelby County Parks Board officially dedicated its new park on Sunday afternoon at a ceremony that included appropriately included a horseback ride.

    Roger and Diane Shott, those wonderful people who donated the 400-plus acres of rolling farmland to the public good, were there in Todds Point to hear praises and receive plaques.

  • What we think: At least one race is way too quiet

    There remain two weeks in the campaign season, but we have been wonderfully and pleasantly pleased this fall that the candidates running for office in Shelby County have stuck to their guns on issues and kept down the flapping of their gums on each other.

  • We congratulate: SCHS golf team for its inspiration

    This has been a rather difficult athletic season for Shelby County High School.

    The Rockets are not soaring as they usually have, and most of their head-to-head match-ups with new rival Collins have not gone well.

    But then last week a group of young girls from SCHS played their way into the state golf tournament and contended admirably and bravely for a championship.

  • What we think: Here’s a new plan for road contracts

    If you’ve passed recently any intersection of the Shelbyville Bypass, you likely have been amazed and even a bit mystified at the level of work being done on our incomplete roadway.

    There are clouds of dust, lined up personnel and equipment and just a general beehive of movement – almost any hour of the day and even on the weekend – that is at once heartwarming and blood-boiling.