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Today's Opinions

  • We congratulate: Humane Society’s fine new facility

    The Humane Society’s new headquarters looks like a pretty hopping place.

    There are hundreds – perhaps thousands – of unwanted animals in need of care and treatment in Shelby County, and the society through its private fund-raising and a generous donation for Shelby County Fiscal Court now has a facility that should help address those needs.

  • We congratulate: Accomplishments of class of 2010

    We applaud the members of the Class of 2010 as they stride confidently into the future.

    This last unified graduating class of Shelby County always will hold an historical place, and it set an outstanding example for all that follow.

    These seniors excelled in academics, leadership and volunteerism.

    They were recognized with more than $2 million in scholarships and grants.

    They are attending more than 40 different colleges and secondary schools.

  • Do the houses that built you still live inside you?

    You may have heard country singer Miranda Lambert describe in her sweet and twangy voice the story of “The House That Built Me.”

    She tells of knocking on the door of the home where she grew up and explaining to the person who answers about how she learned life in the building’s nooks and crannies and yard, where she learned music and buried her dog.

  • EARLIER: SOUDER: You’ve come a long way, baby

    Because we celebrated the 234th birthday of our country this week, I thought it an appropriate time to look back at the kind of nation our Founding Fathers set out to establish compared to where we are today.

  • We congratulate: Efforts to improve deadly I-64 ramp

    One of our fellow residents has seen a dangerous situation and has done something about it.

    He won’t admit that or take credit, because that might not be culturally appropriate in his organization. But we can see the difference his efforts have made.

    We speak of Tim Wafford, supervisor of the state highway garage in Shelby County.

  • EARLIER: What we think: Give us paint for terrifying ramp

    Shelby County has been blessed in a tight budget year to have earned more than $17 million in road improvements from the state.

    We must thank state Sen. Gary Tapp (R-Shelbyville) and state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) for their hard work in pushing these projects through not only federal stimulus specifications but the state’s myriad approvals, too.

  • EARLIER: What we think: Give us paint for terrifying ramp

    Shelby County has been blessed in a tight budget year to have earned more than $17 million in road improvements from the state.

    We must thank state Sen. Gary Tapp (R-Shelbyville) and state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) for their hard work in pushing these projects through not only federal stimulus specifications but the state’s myriad approvals, too.

  • What we think: We must buckle up under the chin, too

    We read these reports and get evermore ill, not just for the images they create but for the law that allows them to occur. In the past week, two men riding 2-wheel vehicles on county roads have been involved in serious accidents when they weren’t wearing helmets. One of them died, and the other almost did. Both of them might be walking around today if not for collisions involving their 2-wheel vehicles and taking the full force of traumatic impact on their unprotected skulls. We won’t paint the full image, but you know how it