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Today's Opinions

  • SOUDER: Wit & wisdom for graduates (and anyone else who will listen)

    To commemorate this season of graduation, allow me to share this letter written to advice columnist Ann Landers.

    Dear Ann Landers: I have two brothers – one just graduated from the University of Kentucky, and the other was sent to the electric chair. My mother lives in an insane asylum. Since I was 3 years old, my father has been a drug dealer. One of my sisters is a highly paid prostitute; the other is the mistress of a local businessman who has Mafia connections.

  • My Word: My baptism under fire -- the night of the outbreak of the Korean War, 60 years ago

    The year was 1950, and I was 19 years old, having just completed my sophomore year at the University of Kentucky, majoring in journalism. I was home for the summer, working on my hometown newspaper, The Gleaner, in Henderson.

    Let me tell you first of all that working for a newspaper was not at all like newspaper work today.

  • My Word: My baptism under fire -- the night of the outbreak of the Korean War, 60 years ago

    The year was 1950, and I was 19 years old, having just completed my sophomore year at the University of Kentucky, majoring in journalism. I was home for the summer, working on my hometown newspaper, The Gleaner, in Henderson.

    Let me tell you first of all that working for a newspaper was not at all like newspaper work today.

  • We congratulate: Waldridge, Nichols on their retirements

    Shelby County this week is losing two long contributors to the quality of life for all of us with the retirements of Dr. Ronald Waldridge and Circuit Clerk Kathy Nichols.

    Public service is like our profession not so much a career as a calling. No one gets rich – except the citizens who benefit from officials’ personal efforts.

    First, there’s Dr. Waldridge, the recognized father of public parks in our county.

  • What we think: How about a race to open bypass?

    We now grudgingly admit that the Shelbyville Bypass may indeed be completed by Labor Day. The finishing touches are being put into place.

  • You can’t dance around the issue of Fair prices

    The sticker shock is stunning, something that makes you turn your head and look for a second time.

    Then you hear the kicker: Every time you play, you have to pay.

    We’re talking about the weekend admission to the Shelby County Fair.

    $10. Not chump change, considering that rides, food and everything else cost extra.

  • EARLIER: The world has lost one of the good guys

    I must tell you today about a guy I have known and loved like a brother.

    The words don’t come easily. They bounce around in my brain and find their way to my fingers in clumsy and inadequate sequence. I pound at my keyboard in earnest hope of intellectual inspiration, but here goes.

    I first met Don Collins on a muggy August afternoon in Jackson, Miss. We had grown up 45 minutes apart, but it took a quarter century and 600 miles to germinate a friendship that would stand stalwart to the flow of time.

  • We congratulate: Our candidates for Nov. 2

    The Primary Election has passed, and now we have our slate for November.

    There are not enough candidates in our races, but still we have key choices to make.

    We congratulate candidates who won primaries, those who won vs. indifference (i.e. no competition) and those who will join this process in the fall.