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Today's Opinions

  • In my lifetime, this one was the coolest cat

    This is a story about a cat, but it’s not about one of those strays running around Zaring Mill Road.

    This one came from a nice, traditional cat family, though road-dropped relatives may have been in the gene pool.

    This cat didn’t live in a box in someone’s corner, wasn’t fed anything out of a can or box, didn’t know litter from a ladder and was responsible for her own grooming.

    We didn’t know her pedigree. She never saw a cage or a doctor.

    But she did know love, survival and the place that was her home.

  • What we think: Question of constables needs a different answer

    There was a long debate Tuesday at Shelby County Fiscal Court about the salaries that constables should be paid in Shelby County in the coming fiscal year.

    This was an important and timely discussion because those pay scales should be in place for the candidates who are running in the seven districts next month and next fall.

  • EARLIER: What we think: This deadly ramp must be repaired

    We knew the worst was going to happen sooner rather than later.

    We knew, tragically, that nothing would be done about the problem until it was brought to the forefront by damage to human flesh.

  • Our heroes often have a lot more charisma than character

    Tiger Woods returned to golf last week, and though you may say that’s a sports story that happened far away, we now know, of course, that this more accurately was a morality play acted out primarily on a golf course.

    My role here is not to condemn Tiger or to affirm the choices he has made at this very delicate and important crossroads of his life.

  • SOUDER: When it comes to men and women, 'Vive la diffrence'

    A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument, and neither of them wanted to concede their position.

    As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats and pigs, the husband couldn’t remain silent. He glanced at his wife and asked sarcastically, "Relatives of yours?"

  • What we think: Fire investigation is a good idea

    We were inspired to learn last week that the state fire marshal and the Kentucky State Police are looking into the fire on Golden Rod court that nearly became a tragedy, were it not for the heroics of nanny Alyson Myatt.

    The strange circumstances surrounding this fire are so unusual that an investigation can do nothing but help to bring closure to an awful event.

  • String music becomes a symphony on the basketball court

    Joe Dean called it “string music.”

    Cawood Ledford – and I humbly apologize for juxtaposing those two names – described it by many melodic monikers, such as “rambling the ropes,” “tickling the twine” or “nothing but nylon.”

    Wannabe athletes have for decades created catchy calls, but ultimately they wind up with a simple, elegant word: “pure.”

  • EARLIER: What we think: Simpsonville, SCHS should honor Casey

    The tragic passing of Mike Casey last week offers a unique opportunity for Shelby County to create a memorial to his legacy as an athlete, an icon and simply a good person so many felt blessed to know.

    In fact, there are two memorials for which we would recommend immediate action.

    First, we encourage the Simpsonville City Commission to name its city recreational complex in honor of Mr. Casey.