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Today's Opinions

  • SOUDER: How a state senate bill and a Super Bowl ad expose the truth

    As we were heading out the door for a meeting at church one recent Sunday evening, I overheard our 10-year-old daughter telling her 9-year-old brother (in her best parental tone), “Chase, put the football back!”

    In no uncertain certain terms, she wanted to make it clear to her brother that he shouldn’t bring his football along to the meeting.

  • A piece of the fabric of Shelby County becomes a man of the cloth

    This is a scene that might be played out in any town, large or small.

    On a recent weekday, around a lunch table at a popular eatery near the courthouse, sat a judge, a magistrate, a court officer, a banker, a retired businessman, a would-be public official and a newspaper editor.

    In some circles this would be called a power lunch, and in fact each person has a significant role in Shelby County’s power structure.

    All the names at the table were important, just not so important to this story.

  • What we think: More candidates improve process

    The slates pretty much are in place for our election year, and we wish we would have more candidates on our ballots.

    Yes, we have some races that have drawn significant interest – the District 20 state senate race prime among them – but in so many places we have leaders who will move directly to November or, more likely, remain in the roles they have.

    The upside of this process is that Shelby County has strong leadership.

  • We congratulate: Students who filed anti-drug video

    You have to hand it to the group of 16 middle- and high-school students who created that new film to alert teens to the treachery of drugs and alcohol.

    The New Cool is a 90-second spot that was coordinated through the efforts of Elizabeth Lafferty and Sarah Fouts at Shelby Prevention, and the best part is that its message will be seen and seen and seen.

  • EARLIER: What we think: Let's limit smoking in restuarants

    A new and highly flammable issue will come before the Shelbyville City Council on Thursday night: whether smoking should be allowed in restaurants in the city.

    Resident Vladi Gomelsky has been trying to mount a campaign, largely using the social media Web site Facebook, that could lead to a change in local ordinances, and the council appropriately has agreed to hear his suggestion.

    We think Mr. Gomelsky has a good idea.

  • The proof is in the pudding -- or something like that

    Sometime during the past 10 years, though excavation of my mind has yet to render the moment with precision, I made the daunting and deflowering decision to try cooking.

    I’m not talking about microwaves or opening a lot of cans but of actually taking a recipe, attempting to enhance it and then serving it for the nourishment of family and friends.

    I have been judicious and timid in those efforts, but so far, no one has died, though I fear that day could come.

  • My Word: 650 reasons to become a no-kill county

    Killing more than 5 million adoptable cats and dogs in the US each year is no longer necessary or acceptable.

    So, please, take your pick – Ranger, Marmalade, Bigsby, Coreen, Sadie, Shorty, Rainbow or Oscar – just eight of the 650-plus homeless animals waiting to be adopted here in Shelby County.

  • What we think: Lots of smoke but no real fire

    The Shelby County City Council responded to a request from some of its citizens to limit smoking at the city’s restaurants about like we expected it would in an election year: not at all.

    A few dozen concerned citizens on both sides of the debate showed up at last Thursday’s council meeting to hear Vladi Gomelsky’s request for the city to consider following others in Kentucky and create an ordinance that would address smoking in restaurants.