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Today's Opinions

  • 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?

  • We congratulate: Preschool worker who stopped choking

    Amy Wells listened in class, and as a result, one of her students escaped a difficult situation.

    Ms. Wells is a staff member at Jacob’s Ladder Preschool in Shelbyville, and about a week ago, she was there when a chip became stuck in the throat of one of the students.

  • A lesson in pride from which we all can learn

    I have just returned from a weekend trip to the hill country of Texas.

    If you haven’t been there, I recommend this vast land, filled with millions of acres of sprawling ranches, billions of live oak trees and zillions of jaw-dropping vistas of a sparseness and grandeur that are far removed from our beautiful north-central Kentucky.

  • What we think: ‘Hot dots’ are must for summer athletes

        The athletes at Martha Layne Collins High School are going to be a bit safer this summer.

    Because of the power of the name of the new high school’s namesake and an opportunity created by a committed parent, those who play sports at Collins during the summer heat will be provided with so-called “hot

  • We congratulate: Horse show rings in another year

    The Shelbyville Horse Show, judged by tourism officials to be one of the 10 best summer events in Kentucky, lived up to its reputation again this past weekend.

    Under sunny if steamy skies – a nice change from a year ago – the show’s 21st annual edition brought in nice crowds and amazing animals.

  • SOUDER: It’s a small world after all

    I have previously listed in this column what I consider the two most important truths in the universe: 1) There is a God, and 2) You’re not Him.

    Today I would like to offer this corollary truth: God is BIG, and we are small.

    Many have undertaken to explain exactly how big God is. One old preacher said it this way, “God is so big He bumps into Himself.”

    That’s pretty big.