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Today's Opinions

  • Thanks, Mitch! No thanks, Ted!

    I write to follow-up on Ted Igleheart's 624-word diatribe entitled "Thanks, Mitch" published August 13. While I loved the headline, I think he left a few things out.

    Thanks, Mitch, for your unfailing support of the men and women in uniform who are protecting our nation every day and night. What's sad and unprecedented is the mainstream media's biased and mostly inaccurate portrayal of our military.

  • Put a rattlesnake in your garden

    Interested in growing a piece of history? Read on.

    Just after the Civil War, farmers and gardeners in Georgia developed a big, striped watermelon they called rattlesnake. They called it rattlesnake because the dark green stripes on the lighter green background looked like the markings on a rattlesnake. The watermelon later came to be called Georgia Rattlesnake.

  • The power of a story

    Throughout human history, people have been brought together and have made sense of life through the medium of story.

    From drawings on cave walls to the latest best-selling novel, we understand life through telling, understanding and discussing the stories around us.

    We are story people.

    What grips us, moves us and spurs us on is not raw facts and figures but characters, plot and drama.

    More than just entertainment, these common stories help provide a lens through which we see and understand the world.

  • Enjoyed Kentucky

    We really enjoyed our bus trip to Kentucky. It was such a pleasure to be in such wide open spaces.

    We live in New Jersey, very close to Philadelphia, where urbanization has taken over the natural beauty of our area.

    The rolling hills, extensive grasslands, and lovely gardens of Kentucky were pure joy to us. It was heartwarming to look as far as the eye could see without billboards and towering hotels to obstruct our view.

    We hope Kentucky will always be a beautiful vista for all to come and enjoy.

    Nancy Killian,

    Senior Community Tours of New Jersey

  • Pay the consequences

    In the response to the poem written about Billy Jeffries.

    In assuming Billy Jeffries is guilty of raping and murdering Mrs. McKee, an elderly and defenseless lady, I would like him to ask the McKee family if he is getting the punishment he deserves. Ask any husband, father, son, daughter, relative or friend if Billy Jeffries deserves to be released back into society. If he is truly sorry for his crime, I'd suggest putting him in a useful program (in prison) where he could try to repay his debt to society, and where he'd be safe from the predators in prison.

  • The glory, honor, and (dark side) of China

    Regardless of which country walks away from Beijing with the most medals, China will likely be the real winner of this year's Olympic Games: that is, if it can avoid getting a black eye in the media.

    The fact that the games are being held in China is truly quite amazing.

    Just 40 years ago, the thought of China hosting such an event would have been absolutely absurd. At that time, China was a backward, volatile, third world country dealing with starvation and under the reign of a madman named Mao Ze Dong who caused the death of millions of his own countrymen.

  • Thanks for supporting hospital

    As long time employees of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, we would like to thank the physicians of Shelby Family Medicine for their unwavering support of the facility and the nursing staff.

  • No conspiracy

    In response to the letter 07-23-2008 by Yvonne Clark, concerning the passage of the Charles & Helen Crabtree Stables, Inc. request for a two acre minor subdivision plat, accusing the Planning & Zoning Board of conspiring to pass the minor subdivision plat because of power and influence is simply and plainly wrong and could not be further from the truth.