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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: Rep. Guthrie's visit is an opportunity for you

    The visit to Shelby County this Friday by Rep. Brett Guthrie is an opportunity in democracy that most Shelby Countians don’t typically have and even less often grasp.

    Too frequently these days our national politicians don’t show up in their districts until they need money, votes or, typically, more of both.

    That’s why Mr. Guthrie’s stop here is such a uniquely wonderful moment for all of us.

  • My Word: A Shelby family's connection to death of Lincoln

    Many of you read Scott McDaniel’s recent story on Mary Surratt (“The Story of the First Woman to be Hung by U.S. Government” 7/8/2009) who was found guilty of conspiracy to murder President Lincoln.  I dare say, however, that only a handful of people know of the Shelby County connection to Mrs. Surratt. The connection is my great-great grandmother Emily Barry, but first, you need some history of the Surratts. 

  • A lost & found story that will have you on pins and needles

    My family loves Disney World. One of the things they love about it is pin trading.

    For the uninitiated, pin trading is a sport at Disney World where you buy pins that depict various Disney characters, rides or experiences and then you display them on a lanyard that is worn around your neck (or held by your dad when you’re riding a roller coaster).  Then you take the pins you have purchased and trade them with other people. 

  • We congratulate: Bekaert for its 'greener' process

     Bekaert Corporation’s introduction recently of a new processing system that eliminates lead and replaces it with water was a clear example for all local industry and our community as a whole.

    Making our county “greener” was on The Sentinel-News’ list of goals for 2009. We challenged our governmental and industrial leaders to take up this challenge and make improvements this year.

  • Obama’s speech to students: Why was there a problem?

    Where was your student at noon Tuesday? Was he or she in a classroom or assembly watching on television as President Obama offered encouragement about our young people’s commitments to education?

    Was he or she listening to the wisdom of the person we so overwhelmingly chose last year to be our spokesperson to all mankind, being inspired by one of the most talented orators of our times?

  • Neihof: I owe it to the kids

    Last year, amid the incredible learning moments I observed in classrooms and conversations with parents, teachers and community members, I heard one thing clearly: “We all want to move our students to attain even higher levels of achievement.”

  • The old State Fair ain't what she used to be

    My last trip to the State Fair probably came on a vacation about the time Jimmy Carter was figuring out he might not get re-elected.

    Growing up I had attended frequently, great times with my grandparents and, when old enough, my friends, but as I became more entrenched in the demands of career and family in another state, my personal calendar never really coincided with the fair’s.

    So as we often do when transition scoops up our lives and deposits them in cones of change, I replaced tradition with memory.

  • 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.