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Today's Opinions

  • If this is our summer, what will August bring?

    The man calling the radio show said he was visiting Mount Hood in Oregon. It was 4:45 a.m. there, and he said the temperature was in the 50s.

    He said the high on Monday was 85, but the heat index was 70, meaning wind chill was at play, as were snowboarders and skiers who ventured to the summit of the mountain, about 12,000 feet up.

  • What we think: We need more willing candidates

    The deadline is less than a week away for the final slate of candidates for this year’s General Election, and we’re concerned that the list of those interested in public service won’t grow at all.

    The races for Simpsonville City Commission and the Shelby County School Board are drawing far less attention than they did in 2008. No new blood or – worse – new ideas have emerged.

  • What we think: Clean-up concept wipes us out

    The handwriting is on the wall, and we think one of our organizations has an idea that just might provide the eraser.

    We’re talking about the problem with graffiti – and trashy areas, in general – in Shelby County.

    Shelby Prevention can’t necessarily prevent the problem, but the organization certainly can try to generate an effort to wipe it out. And that’s what it plans to do.

  • My Word: Was this really an attack on religious freedom?

    In an effort to argue that religious freedom is under attack in our country, Chuck Souder of Shelby Christian Church used the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hastings College of Law (Christian Legal Society v. Martinez) to illustrate his charge (“Yes, America, you’ve come a long way, baby,” July 9).

    I found his explanation of this ruling rather strange, since he neglected to mention the central issue in the case and managed generally to distort the ruling and its effects.

  • What we think: Wade v. CUB is unneeded diversion

    The news for Citizens Union Bank seems more dark today, and we fear that darkness might be obscuring a very key process for all of us.

    In the wake of what seemed an announcement to celebrate – the naming of two willing new chairs for CUB’s boards – came the discordant drop of a lawsuit from former CEO Billie Wade.

  • We congratulate: Barber, Beckley for sharing ideas

    In a county that is woefully underrepresented by African-Americans in its leadership positions – School Board Chair Brenda Jackson is the only truly public figure – we embrace those who step forward, who share ideas and commitment, as touchstones for all.

    And today we celebrate the accomplishments of two people with good ideas.

  • The baseball kids play today isn't the game we knew

     

    All-Star baseball teams from Shelby County have been playing in tournaments all across the state for these past few weeks. They wear nicely tailored knit uniforms, use the very best equipment – mostly their own – and play on fields so finely manicured that they put most of our gardens to shame.

    And every time they play, every time they pass the front road at Clear Creek Park, they should throw a kiss in the direction of the memorial sculpture dedicated to Bobby Stratton.

    They owe him.

  • SOUDER: A second look at the First Amendment

    In my last column, I brought attention to a recent Supreme Court decision in which the court upheld the University of California's Hastings College of Law’s decision to refuse to recognize officially a Christian Legal Society (CLS) chapter because CLS requires its members to adhere to a statement of faith.