.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's Opinions

  • Deer heart, the problem is clear, the solution understandable

    The photograph showed up on a Facebook page the other day, posted by a family friend who was celebrating a significant event: atop a dead deer stood a 2-year-old boy. We mention this only because the conqueror was younger than his prize.

    Soon we may see a family album with an infant holding antlers, because at this time of the year, such trophy shots are almost as numerous as the number of deer we spot while driving along.

  • In the tug of war of adoption, the child becomes the rope

    There is a family today that is wondering if death wouldn’t be a relief for the pain they feel.

    They have raised since birth a 3-year-old boy, called him their son, given him a name, provided him a home, fed him, doctored him, taught him and – above all else – loved him with every corpuscle of their being.

    This little boy was not born to their family, yet they made it so he would never feel that he wasn’t.

  • What we think: Veterans are heroes not just for 1 day

    Across this globe and across this county, men and women have gone to war to defend our freedom, our rights and our way of life.

    They have chosen to serve, accepted their duty and risked their lives for the benefit of all of us.

    And, as another Veterans Day approaches, we can’t as a people underestimate the decisions of those citizens and their positive impacts on our world.

  • What would happen if no one followed the rules on Halloween?

    There is a perfect costume for this Halloween, and it has nothing to do with politics, movies or the sprite-of-the-moment spiffery.

    This Sunday, simply slip into a pair of striped pajamas – broad, horizontal, black-and-white stripes, preferably – and go ring a doorbell for trick or treat.

    You not only will be dressing the part of a Scofflaw, but you will be playing it, too.

  • SOUDER: The consequences of elections

    On Tuesday, Americans will once again go to the polls to choose those who will lead us. This is both a great privilege and a great responsibility – and something that all citizens should take seriously.

    Some pundits are calling this “the most important election of our time” – which as I recall was the same thing they said in 2008, 2006, 2004 and almost every other election in my lifetime.

  • This week we get a glimpse into the past and the future

    We can pull out a familiar old term from the unabridged dictionary of our minds this week and reintroduce it to our daily vernacular after an, oh, 35-year absence.

    This etymological re-entry will become official Friday night at Collins High School Stadium, where cross-town rival – yes, that’s the word – Shelby County comes a-calling, as Cawood used to say.

    Rivalry.

  • The greatest athlete of a lifetime leaves a great legacy

    I have an elderly aunt who not long ago confided something very important to me.

    “I like what you write,” she said, “except I don’t care much about sports.”

    Well, Carroll, I have to apologize, but sometimes my roots in the dirt of diamonds, the creaky basketball courts and the trees, sand and water of golf courses sometimes fight their way past the topsoil of today’s world and push fresh shoots that must be nourished with a few organic sentences from the compost pile within me.

  • What we think: Candidates deserve your vote Tuesday

    We have but days remaining until Election Day, and we’re sure the candidates will be almost as glad as we are when the votes are counted.

    We have to say almost because those who fail to capture the most votes certainly won’t be pleased that the race is finished.

    But we do believe they would admit they need a few moments to sit back and relax, that they are as tired as they can be.