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Today's Opinions

  • I have met the enemy, and he is us

    I was recently reminded of the story of the rescue workers from the Red Cross who, after a particularly severe snowstorm, went to check on a widow who lived in an extremely remote area in the mountains.  After being airlifted in by helicopter and then trudging the final half-mile through 3-foot drifts, they finally made it to the nearly snow-covered house and knocked on the door.

    The widow cautiously opened the door and wondered aloud about why anyone would be out in such bad weather.  When the workers announced that they were from the Red Cross assistance team, the

  • What we think: Public needs more info in Duckett case

     More than three weeks have passed since James Duckett was found brutally murdered in his home on Rockbridge Road.

    Whoever killed him remains at large, and both state and local authorities have asked for the public's help in finding this person.

    But the public has been given woefully inadequate information to be of any help at all.

  • We congratulate: The concept of setting standards for arts programs

     The recommendations about how to improve public education in Kentucky has one immediately commendable point: Let's make our elementary arts programs meaningful.

    The Task Force on Assessment and Accountability was created to look at the viability of the controversial standardized state test, the CATS test. As is the case in many states, the testing has not proved students are being educated adequately or on par with other states.

  • What we think: Should Stumbo's ban from schools be lifted?

     Scott Stumbo, the man that should never have been hired, again is battling his former employer, the Shelby County School District.

    At question is whether Stumbo, who was fired this year after he was charged with making inappropriate sexual comments to a student, should remain barred from school grounds and functions  involving his two daughters, who attend Shelby County High School and Simpsonville Elementary.

  • One less hero from 'The Greatest Generation'

    On Nov. 7 Loran Bennett Mitchell was laid to rest in a small cemetery in rural Washington County, Ind.  He had died on Nov. 3.  You probably didn't notice.  It wasn't in the news, except for the small blurbs in the Salem Leader and Scott County Journal.

    You probably didn't notice, but I did.

  • Community can help mold school culture

    Positive relationships.

    High expectations.

    Please become familiar with those two phrases, because they are the key ingredients to the perfect recipe for a high-achieving school.

    I do not claim to be a great cook. However, I can claim experience as a student who saw those traits in action - traits that as a student I didn't know what to call them other than I did know who exhibited them.

    Max Cox.

  • What we think

     The civil lawsuit filed last week by a former student against former Shelby County High School teacher Scott Stumbo is the latest and most repulsive chapter in what has been an extremely ugly process for our local school district.

    Stumbo’s firing earlier this year after his prosecution on charges of sexual harassment of a student and distributing obscene material was distasteful enough.

  • An original agent of change in Shelby

     You probably watched Barack Obama win the presidential election last Tuesday night with thoughts of tearful admiration, disgusting disdain or just simple, palpable amazement.

    I was thinking of a guy named Delbert O’Bannon.

    For some of us, he was a long-ago agent of change who in a small and anonymous  way helped evolve a world in which Obama could be elected.