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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • What we think: The bypass is is now a mirage

    This latest morass with the Shelbyville Bypass – that the seemingly never-ending arc of 4.5 miles engineers now say will require a miracle to open before 2011 – leaves us struggling with all sorts of emotions.

    First there is denial.

    We can’t conceive that a road so short could stand incomplete after more than 486 authorized days of construction that started in May of 2006.

  • A trip to the falls is special time in a special place

    That sneaky look that sometimes crosses my darling wife’s face at odd moments greeted me Saturday afternoon, just after I had returned from an errand. You probably know a similar look. Under some circumstances, it can freeze you, and under others, it can melt your heart.

    This was a melting moment.

    “We’re going on an adventure,” she said.

  • What we think: Students’ first day is unique opportunity

    The first day of school can be the first day of not only a new educational cycle but also of a new opportunity.

    Students mostly are eager to return to campuses, if not always precisely to return to classes, and teachers have recharged batteries, newly learned techniques and tactics and, for some, new rooms in which to try to influence minds.

  • Some of the tough campaign questions come our way, too

    The person on the phone had some tough questions.

    It was a political candidate who wanted to know why the opposition’s big community event was in the newspaper’s Datebook.

    I tried to explain carefully.

    The event was open to the public, I said. It was being held in a public place. It was free.

  • We congratulate: Casey’s induction into UK shrine

    The University of Kentucky announced this week that Shelby County’s Mike Casey would be added this fall to its athletic hall-of-fame.

    We are perplexed: He wasn’t already in UK’s hall of fame?

    One of the top 15 career scorers for college basketball’s most successful program and one of its landmark coaches hadn’t been inducted in the past four decades?