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Today's Opinions

  • SOUDER: How do you go to infinityeeand beyond?

    Quick, the title of this week’s column is a quote from: A) the President, telling us how far into debt he plans to take us; B) the weatherman, telling us how high the temperature will go tomorrow, or C) a famous cartoon character?

    If you guessed ‘C’, you are correct, and ready to play today’s game. We begin today with a test of your knowledge of famous movie lines. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to determine who said the following lines.

  • What we think: Tornado sirens need quiet review

    Chicken Little seems to be alive and well and living in Shelby County.

    At least that is what we fear.

    Those weather sirens that have been blaring away recently in late-evening and early-morning hours are supposed to tell us the sky is falling, but so far they have proven to be nothing but, yes, false alarms.

  • Bet you didn't have this much fun on your holiday

     

    I looked in the mirror and saw a blood-red left eye staring back. The more I rolled it to the right, the redder it appeared, as if it had been a punching bag for a few of Muhammad Ali’s right jabs.

    But there also was a long, red scratch on my left forearm, a notch of red on the back of my hand and a bruise on my right leg.

    And then there was my wife, who had a large, soft knot on her left temple and scuffs on her knuckles. Her knee was stiff and her hand so sore she barely could squeeze a fork.

  • If the Bistro is gone, let’s not leave that gap in our downtown

    I was on the south side of Main Street, waiting for the traffic to clear, and I looked across and saw that big red sign in the window at 535 Main.

    Yes, it’s that for sale/for rent sign in the window of the former Maggie’s Bistro, and, though I certainly had seen it before that moment, I can’t tell you how sad it made me.

  • If the Bistro is gone, let’s not leave that gap in our downtown

    I was on the south side of Main Street, waiting for the traffic to clear, and I looked across and saw that big red sign in the window at 535 Main.

    Yes, it’s that for sale/for rent sign in the window of the former Maggie’s Bistro, and, though I certainly had seen it before that moment, I can’t tell you how sad it made me.

  • We congratulate: Fair board for its success

    A year ago we brought forward some significant ideas for the Shelby County Fair.

    We feared a disconnect with the community, and we felt the expense was pushing away the public.

    We think there is work to be done in both those areas, but we have to give the Fair Board a blue ribbon for its efforts this year.

  • What we think: Statue for Stratton is a terrific idea

    The county parks board sure knew how to celebrate July 4th this year, and we’re not talking about the fireworks show on Monday.

    Its dedication on Sunday of bronze sculptures to honor Bobby Stratton’s contributions to the baseball programs – and youth – of Shelby County was, in our minds, a waist-high fastball right down the middle.

  • What we think: Statue for Stratton is a terrific idea

    The county parks board sure knew how to celebrate July 4th this year, and we’re not talking about the fireworks show on Monday.

    Its dedication on Sunday of bronze sculptures to honor Bobby Stratton’s contributions to the baseball programs – and youth – of Shelby County was, in our minds, a waist-high fastball right down the middle.