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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: Slots may not be best bet for state

    Gov. Steve Beshear has said state lawmakers will undertake problems with the horse racing industry when they convene next week in Frankfort.

    If you read between the lines or have been following this discussion, that simply means he thinks it’s time Kentucky examines the idea of expanding gambling to support a key industry.

    We don’t argue horse racing has problems and needs some focused support.

  • What we think: Titans no giant as a new nickname

    Do you know what a Titan is? And does it have some connection to Shelby County?

    Well, yes, now it does because Titans was selected as the new nickname for Martha Layne Collins High School.

    The Collins High School Titans?  Sounds forgettable.

    Actually, we think the students who selected it probably were remembering the Titans, as in the feel-good movie starring Denzel Washington.

    We doubt they had spent much time studying the origin of the word: Greek mythology.

  • Sometimes we seem to participate in ‘selective outrage’

    “Everything that was nailed down has come loose.”  I believe that line from the 1936 movie "The Green Pastures" accurately describes what is going on in our culture today.

  • Life’s labor lessons sometimes turn out to be lies

    There is more than a little understatement to say that these are sad and troubling days for the manufacturers of Shelby County.

    Great symbols of change and growth in our dear old homestead are closing their doors, sending home their workers and leaving behind facilities that could become the weed-infested, rust-crumbled eyesoresthat we are used to seeing in states farther north.

  • We congratulate: SCHS softball team on going to State

    In Owensboro this weekend, a group of girls from Shelby County High School will make a bid to be the best among the state’s softball teams.

    They begin on Friday morning against top-ranked Christian County on a journey of hope and desire against 15 teams from around Kentucky.

    Several of these young women are seniors playing for the final time. Some will go on to play in college. Others will give up the sport.

  • We congratulate: SCHS softball team on going to State

    In Owensboro this weekend, a group of girls from Shelby County High School will make a bid to be the best among the state’s softball teams.

    They begin on Friday morning against top-ranked Christian County on a journey of hope and desire against 15 teams from around Kentucky.

    Several of these young women are seniors playing for the final time. Some will go on to play in college. Others will give up the sport.

  • What we think: Graduating seniors belong to all of us

    Shelby County High School, Cornerstone Academy and Corpus Christi High School are about to graduate their latest senior classes, which are always days of great celebrations for teachers, parents and, particularly, the students.

    But this year we challenge the entire community to celebrate graduation day.

    In the midst of economic issues, with factories closing and futures uncertain, we must remember that the most important and incomparable commodity of Shelby County is the young people we deliver to the real world each year.

  • Old ‘mates, new marriage and life’s special moments

    My old second baseman married one of my old pitchers on Saturday.

    And, no, this wasn’t one of those controversial, newfangled marriages of the new millennium. One of them was a woman.

    She played second base to my shortstop on our sixth-grade softball team, which was coed for reasons of necessity. We wouldn’t have had enough players for gender-specific teams.