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Today's Opinions

  • Christmas shouldn't be measured by sales receipts

     

    For those of us already humbugged by how Christmas has changed over the years, we now have to recognize that our most precious holiday has devolved into, of all things, a leading economic indicator.    

    So much is made of the economy during Christmas season that it seems who is spending how much with whom is discussed almost as much as Santa and far more than Jesus, which is more than a little bit wrong.

  • What we think: Death, indictment must teach us lessons

    The death of Pleasure Ridge Park High School football player Max Gilpin last summer  was a tragedy that defies description. The indictment Friday of his coach, David Stinson, on charges of negligent homicide could set a legal precedent that may become awful, too.

    Mr. Gilpin’s death is, to speak in clichés, every parent’s nightmare.

  • Dads, Dogs, and the Unbending Law of the Universe — Part 2

    This is the second of a 2-part series on unbending laws. 

    Two weeks ago, as I was on “puppy duty,” the phone rang.  Let me begin by saying that it was a good thing that I was sitting down.

    It was my dad, and his phone call was significant for at least two reasons.

    First, it marked the only time in the whole history of the world that my dad had called to ask my advice about anything, much less about a home repair.

  • Duckett family has a new friend in pursuit of killer

    There has been a lot of emotional response to last week’s column, which dealt with the murder of Jim Duckett and how his family was trying social networking and other Internet options in their efforts to help find his killer.

    Some members of his extended family felt I was somehow making light of this effort. Sadly, that was far from the message I wanted to convey.

    Writing about the victims of heinous crimes can be touchy. Privacy and grief can be tremendous obstacles on the path of good intentions.

  • What we think: Change is not a 1-person deal

     

    The theme of today – and for the year so far – is change.

    You hear it everywhere. The public seems hungry – almost desperate – for it.

    And new President Barack Obama has promised it.

    Tuesday was a day of change, with Obama’s inauguration and his remarks,  when he focused on “hope over fear, unity and purpose over discord….”

  • Dads, dogs and the unbending law of the universe

    “Don’t forget to change your oil.”  My dad gave me this pearl of wisdom more than once, often adding “You can drive your car without gas all you want, but don’t try to drive it without oil” to make sure I understood the importance of maintaining the car.

  • EARLIER: Duckett's family using Facebook to solve his murder

     

    From the day Brittney Claycomb came to our office and tearfully told us the story of her uncle Jim Duckett and the terrible tragedy that had befallen him, my heart has gone out to Duckett's family.

    Claycomb painfully painted a loving picture of a beloved man cut down in a heinous and frustrating crime right in the heart of Shelby County. She asked for privacy and sensitivity, and we understood.

    By her accounts - and those of others who knew him - Duckett was a random, senseless victim just at the point in his life where he was getting some traction.

  • What we think: School plan recess is good idea

    The Shelby County School Board is doing the right thing by taking another look at its rollout plans for its new campus West of Shelbyville.

    The design of the schools and the long-range concept are excellent. The green facilities will be an example for all future construction in the county.