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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: Strong DUI report sets standard for drugs

    If you believe that statistics don’t lie – and even the most circumspect among us surely do to some extent – then you have to be amazed at the recent report on Shelby County’s efficiency in disposing of DUI cases.

    That better than 92 percent of those charged were convicted during a 4-year period is a significant statement both to those who consider driving after drinking and for those who make sure such drivers are caught when they do.

  • Thanksgiving is tradition of much more than turkey and football

    Thanksgiving is our truest and most intrinsic holiday, with a simple, shared message created from the pioneer spirit and carried forward by loyal generations: to join hands,   share a meal and say thanks for each other and all our blessings.

    The pilgrims and the Native Americans got it right in the first place, and with its position after Halloween and before Christmas, Thanksgiving has been allowed to be wonderfully obscured and its noble mission preserved without the clutter and clatter of c

  • It’s time for Thanksgiving, by George

    Asked to write a composition entitled "What I'm thankful for on Thanksgiving,” 7-year-old Timmy wrote, "I’m thankful that I’m not a turkey!"

  • We congratulate: The progress (?) on health care

    You may not like what you read, and you may be, like us, getting tired of the rhetoric, but surely you see this as a time to congratulate our congressional leaders for finally doing something that needs drastically to be done: overhaul our health-care system.

    We are a couple of miles from the finish line, it would seem, but the tape on what has been a decades-long run is in sight.

  • EARLIER: What we think: Zone change for Harley is a victory in process

    The walkover victory and rubberstamp approval Thursday night by Triple S Planning & Zoning for the property that may one day be a home for Harley-Davidson’s largest motorcycle factory was a wonderful moment in Shelby County’s development.

    That unanimous approval by the commission and the absence of acrimony from the public sent a loud, clear and distinct message to the leaders of that corporation: We are behind this bid 100 percent.

  • It’s a good bet not to follow my lead at the race track

    So my wife and I spent an afternoon at Churchill Downs last Friday. Nice, breezy fall day, small crowd, lots of elbow space, and it was my wife’s first visit to the cathedral of horse racing.

  • My Word: Let me help clarify student-loan issue

    I recently read an opinion piece by college student Austin Redmon (“Let’s send the money directly to the students,” Nov. 11) regarding my stance on H.R. 3221. I always appreciate hearing from constituents and knowing they are taking an interest in their government. However, some of Mr. Redmon’s facts were inaccurate.

  • We congratulate: A man who fixed a problem he saw

    It’s easy for citizens to see holes in the community. It’s simple to make suggestions, call for assistance and, more likely, point fingers. Not so many do the harder thing: to plug that obvious hole. But one man saw a hole and did his best to plug it, and for that we commend the work of Rev. Lee Bean, the minister at Dover Baptist Church. Rev.