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Today's Opinions

  • The educational institution of the front-porch swing

    There is something woven deep into the texture of my soul that cooks up calmness from the simple recipe of sitting outside at night, listening to the croaks and screeches, feeling the cooling air and watching the lightning bugs dance in front of me. I can stand on the deck behind my house, peering out into the hickory and maple trees that descend beyond our wooden fence into a gully – we called it a “holler” before I was educated – and feel as close to being at one with nature as I can get. I’m no son of Audubon, no Mark Trail or ev

  • What we think: Attacking dog shouldn't be loose

    If you read the account on the front page of today’s newspaper about a dog running from a house and severely biting a 2-year-old girl, you probably were as horrified as we were.

    But were you as equally horrified to read that the dog remained in its home, quarantined by game officials rather than taken into custody?

    Yes, we understand that this is within the limits of the law, but we are at a loss to understand why this would be appropriate.

  • We congratulate: Shelbyville Horse Show for its state ranking

    The Shelbyville Horse Show will celebrate its 21st year this summer, but now it has a reason for the horses to step a little more lively and for their riders to sit just a bit more erect.

    The Kentucky Tourism Council this week announced that it had rated the horse show as one of the 10 best events in Kentucky.

  • During election season, balance becomes precarious

    Atop a shelf in my office sits a trophy I treasure. It’s a replica of the “Lady Justice,” an image many of you oldtimers may recall from the closing credits of the original Perry Mason TV series.

    She’s the blindfolded woman holding balanced scales in one hand and a sword in the other, a symbol of the presumed blind justice and fairness of our legal system.

  • Here’s a long shot you never would choose for the Derby

    The road to the Kentucky Derby has been something that I’ve followed rather closely from these past few decades.

    From the day of nomination in January, when hundreds of 3-year-olds have been named as potential Derby entrants, I have examined with quiet amazement the experts’ lists of the best horses in that group and those most likely to wear roses one glorious Saturday in May at Churchill Downs.

  • What we think: Drivers should use their headlights during low-vision times

    There’s a public safety concern out there, and you can do something about it.

    You don’t need the help of law enforcement, legislation or the courts to handle this potential problem, because the solution is right at your fingertips.

    When the weather is rainy, the light dim or the fog rolling, simply turn on your headlights.

    Don’t wait for your automatic system to decide when illumination is needed.

    Don’t rely on your parking lights to do the trick.

    Those don’t work, and you’re causing a hazard to other motorists.

  • We congratulate: Breast cancer survicor who set such an example

    Wasn’t the story of Lynn Whitehouse one of Shelby County’s feel-good stories of the year?

    Ms. Whitehouse is our neighbor who ran in the Derby Festival mini-marathon in 2009, found she had an aggressive form of breast cancer, was treated radically for it and came back to run the mini again two weeks ago.

    On Friday she participated in the walk of breast cancer survivors just before post time for the Kentucky Oaks, a celebration to raise awareness for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the need for research in breast cancer.

  • SOUDER: This is your life, starringeewho?

    I heard that several years ago when President George H.W. Bush was on the campaign trail, he stopped in to visit some residents in a nursing home.

    He walked up to one elderly woman in a wheelchair and said, “Hello there, ma’am, what’s your name?”