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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: Who are these people at Kay and Kay?

    We have heard at last from the folks at Kay and Kay Contracting. At least we think we have.

  • What we think: One political approach that is much preferred

    We like it when our top elected leaders come to town.

    We like it a whole lot better when we actually can speak to them rather than just listen to what they have to say.

  • SOUDER: Back to school: It’s all about the ‘who’

    Early one morning, a mother went in to wake up her son. “Wake up, son. It's the first day of school.”

    “But, Mom, I don't want to go,” he said.

    “Give me two reasons why you don't want to go,” his mother demanded.

    “Well, the kids make fun of me for one, and the teachers don’t like me either!”

  • Remembering a man who lit a fire for Kentuckians

    There is a lot of lip service this week to the man we used to call “The Louisville Lip.”

    You most likely know him as Muhammad Ali, arguably the greatest boxer in history and unquestionably the most colorful ambassador our state and city – and probably country – ever has had.

  • What we think: There needs to be more diversity in school leadership

    The opening of the spiffy Martha Layne Collins High School is now complete, and Shelby County Public Schools officials are getting what they should expect: first-term grades for how they managed that process. Certainly critics are emerging to mark in their grade books how effectively the district has built the high school and the equity, fairness and equality – if not redundant – with which its plans included Shelby County High School. We understand this feedback, and we think it is useful.

  • We congratulate: Rothenburger’s idea of governor’s race

    We continue to hear the buzz that Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger might be dipping his toes fairly deeply into gubernatorial waters.

    You’ve no doubt read the reports that Mr. Rothenburger says he is exploring a run for the Republican nomination against Gov. Steve Beshear next November, and you may also have noted that his political partners and counterparts alike in Shelby County have encouraged such a venture.

  • SOUDER: Sept. 3, 2010: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    I take the headline for today’s column from the 1963 movie of the same name. That movie, which I’m happy to recommend, featured a cast that was a virtual who’s who of the stars of that day, including Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney and Jonathan Winters.

    The plot involves the dying words of a thief, which spark a crazy, cross-country race to find a hidden treasure.   

  • The road to goodness travels through Shelby County

    The road to Jericho must run through Shelby County, and we aren’t talking about that fishing hole near Smithfield.

    We’re talking about a higher road and what seems to be growing evidence that when anyone is stuck alongside one of our byways, injured, defeated and left to the fates of humankind, our residents step forward and tend to those needs in ways that transcend the beauty of simple giving.