Today's Opinions

  • SOUDER: A dramatic change of circumstances

    “The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.’” (Matthew 28:5-6)

    Several years ago, the following letter was reportedly sent to a resident of Greenville County, S.C.:

  • What we think: Superintendent reviews should remain open

    The General Assembly is very close to taking away one of your rights to access, and it’s a remarkable reaction to a law that most members didn’t even know existed.

    The House of Representatives voted last week to approve a bill that would allow evaluations of school superintendents to be done in private session. The Senate had approved a similar measure earlier this month.

    All that keeps this from putting you behind a screen of secrecy is a language approval by the Senate and Gov. Steve Beshear’s signature.

  • A story of victory that we all can share even in defeat

    Sometimes the home team doesn’t have to bring home the hardware for a champion to be special. You root, root, root for the home team, but if they don’t win it isn’t always a shame.

    And thus we can and should embrace the victory by Shelby Valley in the 2010 Sweet Sixteen as just a bit sweeter than the winner in a routine year.

  • We congratulate: The nanny who saved the boy

    You have read and probably even seen so much about Alyson Myatt, the young woman who saved the little boy from the fire last week.

    She rushed through the flames barefoot in one of those rare acts of heroism that all of us wonder if we have within us.

    The world is filled with unsung heroes – you probably know many of them – but there are few whose deeds are so bold, so brave and so remarkably pure of heart.

  • You just can't beat the State Tournament for a sports stage

       Here, on St. Patrick’s Day, the green you see is not just from the Irish among us but is worn on the faces of hundreds of other communities across Kentucky.

  • What we think: Examination of CUB wil maintain our trust

    The state and the FDIC’s investigation into Citizens Union Bank’s lending practices seemed appropriate and mindful of the bank’s customers.

    If you have invested your money in one of the most stalwart institutions in our community, you want to know that it is being protected with every ounce of regulation that can be mustered. You appreciate the vigilance.

    The bank’s CEO, Billie Wade, and its president, David Bowling, were candid in their responses to the inquiry, though they kept private the inner workings of problem loans.

  • SOUDER: When the cure is worse than the crisis

    If you watch the national news or listen to talk radio, you know that the hot issue for the last several weeks has been “health care reform.” Or is it “health insurance reform?” If you don’t know for sure, it’s only because the terms keep changing. 

  • What we think: Enforcing high standards serves community best

    We like the fact that Triple S Planning & Zoning is flexing a bit of muscle in trying to remove junky cars and substandard images of Shelby County from the gaze of our citizens and visitors.

    We like that the commission is not only setting and communicating standards but also is enforcing them consistently and stringently. That’s what we expect of this commission – to preserve the best parts of our county – and enforcing the codes is equally as important as setting them.