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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • We congratulate: Triple S for moving to remove vehicles

    Sometimes the public questions the activities of Triple S Planning & Zoning, saying the commission is not operating in the clear or reflecting the public’s desires.

    But, no matter whether or not you agree with those points, we believe you have to join us in offering congratulations to the board for its strong, purposeful and appropriate steps to remove a collection of unsightly automobiles from properties on the western extremes of Shelbyville.

  • My word: Latino or Hispanic? Really we are all just people

    Just the other day I overheard a couple of ladies discussing the growing number of Hispanics in Shelby County. They were judging the boom of this population by their increasing presence in one of our county’s most cherished landmarks. While shopping, one lady said, “There are more and more people speaking Mexican at Walmart everyday.” 

  • My Word: Polarization in our community takes many forms

    What are the polarizations that exist within our little community of Shelbyville?

    Of course we have three prominent groups—White, Black, and Latino—that commingle to make Shelbyville, well, Shelbyville.

  • SOUDER: The best of both worlds? For Miley, yes -- for Tiger and Brit, no?

    If you have a 6-to-14-year-old girl that lives in your house, you are no doubt well aware of the popular Disney Channel show, Hannah Montana.

    For those who are not blessed with a young girl at home, allow me to enlighten you. The premise of the show is that the main character, Miley Stewart (played by actress Miley Cyrus), is a very talented singer that could make it big in the music industry.

  • A change of decades can't come too soon -- or can it?

    The TV weathercaster gave a smile to the screen last week and warned us, “We’re about to have the snowstorm of the decade,” a comment so clever it sailed right over the heads of his fellow anchors.