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Today's Opinions

  • We’re all coming down with a bad case of Madness

    A pandemic is overcoming us, spreading quickly. Many already have succumbed, and it’s only a matter of time before it affects you, too.

    For there is no more infectious disease – especially in Kentucky – than that familiar malady called March Madness.

    Only a small percentage of you got sick from eating bad ham or, worse, spending a night in jail. But almost the entire population is stricken with the Madness, to some extent or another. Some started showing the disease as early as October, with symptoms growing increasingly severe.

  • Our industry is changing but it will live on

    A few years ago I had the honor to be on the cover of Editor & Publisher, a decades-old trade magazine that has been a key source of information about our newspaper industry.

    Let me be clear that this was not akin to appearing on People or GQ, but two of my colleagues at the Orlando Sentinel – the Managing Editor and the VP/Product Development -- and I smiled broadly at the camera as poster c

  • What we think: Name for school is an A+ idea

    We will avoid passing judgment on the way the Shelby County School Board handled the idea of outsourcing its after-school program to the YMCA.

    We simply will say that the board gets an A for imagination and a D in classroom participation. Its communication with affected families on this issue was non-existent, and the fact that the administration didn’t anticipate the outrage would merit detention.

  • You can take the boy out of the country, butee

    When we were first married, my wife, Rhonda, and I lived on the south end of Louisville (the Iroquois Park/Fairdale areas).  Generally speaking, the folks that live in those areas would fit very nicely into a Jeff Foxworthy routine, and we fit in rather well with them.

    One Christmas, we and a few other couples decided to go out for a night of high culture, which for us normally meant an evening at the softball park followed by pizza, or if we were really feeling sophisticated, bowling and dinner at Po’ Folks or Big Boy.

  • My Word: A broken and deadly system

     By Stephen Bartlett, Brian Rich, Attica Scott

    Several months after the death of a Salvadoran immigrant housecleaner Ana Romero in custody in the Franklin County jail, we feel the need to be clear about who we hold to be responsible for this tragic death.

  • What we think: New school idea has our attention

     Another week has delivered another interesting new discussion about how the Shelby County School Board will structure the new campus it is building west of Shelbyville.

    This is not bad news, mind you. In fact, we suggested three weeks ago that the board members needed to take more time to review the plan it had adopted. There were problematic factors and vacillating forecasts that needed another evaluation.

  • What we think: CATS may go but need remains

    The General Assembly’s passage last week of a bill that would eliminate the CATS test merits further consideration before being signed into law.

    In fact this step, and its effects on the well being of our students, deserves, well, more study.

    There is little doubt that the CATS test – as with most education achievement tests – is flawed. Parents complain that it puts too much pressure on students to perform on one test. Educators complain that it forces them to teach to a test rather than a base of knowledge.

  • Our hero needs some help to pull out this one

    A woman was concerned about the health of  someone she had known for many years, so she called her minister.

    “Do we have Mike Casey on our prayer list?” she asked.

    The minister said, no, he was not on the list before slowly adding, “I have to apologize for asking this, but who is Mike Casey?”

    The woman, after pausing to consider what would be a long explanation, simply said, “Well, he’s our hero.”