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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: School boundaries a precarious course

    We know this wasn’t the case, but we have to say that we think those original new zoning boundaries for Martha Lane Collins High School looked like they were created using a dartboard from a school board member’s game room.

    Those dots that identified specific neighborhoods from which students would be shipped across town to the more remote high school seemed arbitrary and perhaps ill-conceived.

    We understand there are many demands on a school district, and geography does not always solve the most routine problems.

  • My Word: One teacher’s perspective on how to make our schools great

    As a fifth-year teacher in Shelby County Public Schools, I've been impressed with the dedication and professionalism of faculty, staff, and administration. I think we're fortunate to have a good school district. After hearing Superintendent [James] Neihof’s opening-day challenge to SCPS staff to push for our school district to move from good to great, I offer up the following six suggestions.

  • A penny for your thoughtsee$45 million for your body?

    How much is a life worth?

    I recently contemplated this question as I was considering increasing my life insurance. Many people (especially insurance agents) might say “you can never have too much insurance” or that having a large insurance policy is the best way to protect your wife and kids in the event of some tragedy. But they’re not fooling me.

  • Some folks in my family could form their own Food Network

      One of the most popular channels on television is the Food Channel.

    You can tune in and watch experts produce perfect dishes with immaculate presentation in less than 30 minutes. In an hour you can get a seven-course meal.

    These are, of course, creations of pure genius using the bark of the elm tree, the juice of the maple and a wild herb that only grows in Lithuania, which the cook picked up at Kroger on a Senior Citizen Day discount. I mean, there’s nothing to this stuff.

  • A young man decides to leave home and seek his fortune elsewhere

    There seems a tragic irony that in the year that Shelby County’s greatest sports star and ambassador, Mike Casey, left our world, the young man who one day may have succeeded him has left the county.

    Casey was Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball in 1966 and led Shelby County High School to its first state championship. He went on to a storied college career at UK and became a symbol for achievement among Shelby Countians.

  • Deal or no deal? Easy question, important answers

    A few months ago I wrote in this column about my search for the perfect mattress and about how difficult it was because of all of the choices.

    Well, boys and girls, now I’m stepping it up a few notches – I’m looking for a new truck.

  • My Word: A hungry reflection on the mixing of cultures in Shelby

    Once upon a time in Shelbyville, people went to a little place called Taco Bell for Mexican food.  To placate a “friiiiiieeeed iiiiice cream” temptation, a few daring souls made the 20 mile drive to Chi-Chi’s in Middletown.  Then came Marimba’s. What a relief it was to have Mexican food right at our doorstep.

  • EARLIER: What we think: Bypass contractor has too much power

    Now that we know for sure the Shelbyville Bypass will not be completed in 2009, we are left with a lot of fundamental questions, far more miles of them than there are of concrete poured on this roadway.

    But one question we don’t have is this: Who is in charge?

    State officials made the answer to that one abundantly clear last week when they explained that our bypass is being built under a so-called “working days” contract, which allows contractors to control the time frame, the work schedule and, ultimately, the completion date for the project.