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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: Enforcing high standards serves community best

    We like the fact that Triple S Planning & Zoning is flexing a bit of muscle in trying to remove junky cars and substandard images of Shelby County from the gaze of our citizens and visitors.

    We like that the commission is not only setting and communicating standards but also is enforcing them consistently and stringently. That’s what we expect of this commission – to preserve the best parts of our county – and enforcing the codes is equally as important as setting them.

  • We congratulate: Rockets for run to state tourney

    As you read this, the Shelby County Rockets already may have played one and be done in the state high school basketball tournament.

    We certainly hope that isn’t true – and we don’t expect that it will be – but there’s a 50-50 chance that we must respect.

    That said, the accomplishment of this group of seniors at SCHS has been amazing and incredibly motivating.

  • A new prescription for health-care reform

    Today, please hold my hand, sing “Kumbaya” and come along as I jump wide-eyed and lucidly into the shark-infested depths of discussing health care and its potential reform.

    Yes, this is a discussion that has been evolving for decades.

    Yes, it is moving at a pace that only the 3-toed sloth can appreciate.

  • What we think: County must take care on bonds for church

    The request last week by Shelby Christian Church that Shelby County Fiscal Court issue bonds to assist in refinancing its auditorium caught us by surprise.

    We admit we never had heard of a church making such an arrangement with a governmental body, and though we were relieved to learn this has happened many times and presents no conflict, we remain a bit quizzical about its viability.

  • We congratulate: Montell's attack on attendance rule

    “Ladies and gentlemen, stand and cheer, your state representative, Brad Monteellllllllllll.”

    If we were going to announce the name of one of our elected leaders in an introduction before a sports event, it might sound something like that, depending upon the sport and the venue.

    Or how about this?

    “OK class, let’s take roll…. Mr.  Montell?”

    “He has a game today.”

    “Oh, Mr. Montell is absent.”

  • Freedom's just another day, and we're singing the blues

     So the University of Louisville’s chapter at Freedom Hall comes to a hopefully rousing “the end” this weekend.

    Nothing better than a signature victory over the top-ranked team to conclude your lease at a place that has housed about as many champions as any building east of Pauley Pavilion.

  • SOUDER: In defense of the Good (text) Book

    Last week, as I was considering what to write in this week’s column, I thought perhaps I should write about the merits of KY Senate Bill 142, which encourages Bible literacy classes in our public schools.

    Then I opened last Saturday’s Courier Journal and saw its predictable editorial denouncing the Senate’s passage of the bill and lamenting the fact that it would likely also pass in the House.

  • MY WORD: Climate issues aren’t as simple as more snow means less ‘warming'

    In every society, on nearly every issue, there are going to be skeptics. There will be critics, cynics and people who just want something to oppose. That’s just how the world works.

    However, just because you oppose something, you disagree with an issue, or you don’t like the people talking about it, that is no reason to deny there’s a problem to begin with.