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Today's Opinions

  • A man of the cloth who was from a different fabric

    The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville and Shelby County have a unique, symbiotic relationship. For 150 years now, the seminary has been turning out ministers, and for probably just as long, those young preachers have been practicing their sermons at many of Shelby County’s churches.

    In the Lord’s Army, these are buck privates, men studying their calling on weekdays and trying out what they learned at nights and on weekends. They stay a few years until they graduate, and then the Lord moves them in unusual ways.

  • Coaches teach us tough lessons, and some pay the ultimate

    The tragic intersection of the fates of Jason Stinson and Max Gilpin has occurred too many times on the roads traveled by coaches and players.

    Stinson, a football coach Pleasure Ridge Park High School, was doing what he knew it would take to build strength and character, and Gilpin, a young player, only was trying to have his built.

    Both of them pushed, and, sadly, one pushed too hard.

  • You complain about this, and you’re just an old so-and-so

    You learned it in grade school. You said it from time to time to time. Too bad you didn’t absorb it.

    I’m rubber, and you’re glue. What you say bounces off me and sticks to you.

    Wouldn’t it be so much better in the world if that were true for all of us, if the worrisome words we heard just bounced off and went right back to the source to be absorbed anew, carrying with them a lesson of truth and humanity for all of us?

  • What we think: Commission must operate in sunshine

    Attorney General Jack Conway’s ruling last week that Triple S Planning & Zoning Commission had operated in violation of the state’s open-meetings law is a troubling revelation.

    Disputes about meetings and public notifications are routine. Journalists and special-interest groups keep watch, and they sometimes blow the whistle about whether the law is being followed.

  • What we think: Many of you are our gifts

    Christmas is a time to see and understand heroes.

    They may stand by kettles ringing bells, bundle up against the cold to deliver food and gifts. They may work hard year around to collect nickels and dimes to buy coats for those who need them or just show up for an event and throw out cash for a good cause.

  • Christmas is merry and bright especially if the tree is aright

    OK, so if you ever have known me – or even picked up on the vibes written here – you probably understand that the Christmas spirit is part of my DNA.

  • My Word: The saga of a Santa Claus

     Growing up, my family had dueling Santas with the Goldblatts across the street.

  • What we think: New bypass date isn't convincing

    We were pleased to read last week that state transportation officials now believe the Shelbyville Bypass likely will be completed by Labor Day of 2010.

    We would not have believed that forecast if it had come from the project’s contractors, Kay And Kay Contracting. That company’s owner – Bill Robinson – told us in August that its work was about 80 percent complete.