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Today's Opinions

  • A new prescription for health-care reform

    Today, please hold my hand, sing “Kumbaya” and come along as I jump wide-eyed and lucidly into the shark-infested depths of discussing health care and its potential reform.

    Yes, this is a discussion that has been evolving for decades.

    Yes, it is moving at a pace that only the 3-toed sloth can appreciate.

  • What we think: County must take care on bonds for church

    The request last week by Shelby Christian Church that Shelby County Fiscal Court issue bonds to assist in refinancing its auditorium caught us by surprise.

    We admit we never had heard of a church making such an arrangement with a governmental body, and though we were relieved to learn this has happened many times and presents no conflict, we remain a bit quizzical about its viability.

  • We congratulate: Montell's attack on attendance rule

    “Ladies and gentlemen, stand and cheer, your state representative, Brad Monteellllllllllll.”

    If we were going to announce the name of one of our elected leaders in an introduction before a sports event, it might sound something like that, depending upon the sport and the venue.

    Or how about this?

    “OK class, let’s take roll…. Mr.  Montell?”

    “He has a game today.”

    “Oh, Mr. Montell is absent.”

  • Freedom's just another day, and we're singing the blues

     So the University of Louisville’s chapter at Freedom Hall comes to a hopefully rousing “the end” this weekend.

    Nothing better than a signature victory over the top-ranked team to conclude your lease at a place that has housed about as many champions as any building east of Pauley Pavilion.

  • SOUDER: In defense of the Good (text) Book

    Last week, as I was considering what to write in this week’s column, I thought perhaps I should write about the merits of KY Senate Bill 142, which encourages Bible literacy classes in our public schools.

    Then I opened last Saturday’s Courier Journal and saw its predictable editorial denouncing the Senate’s passage of the bill and lamenting the fact that it would likely also pass in the House.

  • MY WORD: Climate issues aren’t as simple as more snow means less ‘warming'

    In every society, on nearly every issue, there are going to be skeptics. There will be critics, cynics and people who just want something to oppose. That’s just how the world works.

    However, just because you oppose something, you disagree with an issue, or you don’t like the people talking about it, that is no reason to deny there’s a problem to begin with.

  • MY Word: KCCT transfer legislation is key to future

    There is a continuous struggle faced by many Kentucky Community and Technical College students. These students take lower-division level transfer classes  taught by highly qualified faculty who have an expertise in teaching and learning, only to discover later that that the degree requirements have changed at the other institution.

     Determining which community college classes will transfer to a 4-year university shouldn’t be so difficult for students.

  • EARLIER: What we think: Ramps on I-64 are dangerous, too

     

    The report recently of the mounting number of accidents on Interstate 64 east of Shelbyville reminds us of the significant need we have for improvements to our primary artery.

    Simply put, two lanes in either direction through Shelby County are not sufficient.