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Editorials

  • WHAT WE THINK: Looking back on 2016

    Every January since 2009 The Sentinel-News has established a blueprint for the coming year to help focus on ideas, concepts and circumstances that deserve – or require – our attention.

    Every year since 2010, we have issued a report card to review how well the community has responded to those goals. Sometimes new issues rush in and steal our momentum – like our unplanned but huge response to a growing heroin issue – but generally we have at the end of the year developed a grade for how we have fared as a community.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Court’s alcohol ordinance, addition of Sunday sales

    We were pleased to see the Shelby County Fiscal Court move forward last week and pass an alcohol ordinance that included Sunday package sales.

    The court saw the ability to expand our services while upholding the will of the people after residents in Shelby County overwhelmingly voted to make the county wet earlier this year.

    Now, just because we are in favor of the new expanded alcohol sales and adding them on Sunday doesn’t mean we want to see a liquor store on every corner… and we won’t.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: The Moores on 3 decades of service

    For more than 30 years Glenn and Dennis Moore have been servicing Shelby County.

    Now ready to take some time off, the Moores are planning to put their feet and rest a while, a well-deserved rest too.

    And while their decision to retire and close the shop is a loss for the driving public of Shelby County, we still marvel at the time they put in making sure our cars were running and safe.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Sunday sales needed to help serve distilleries

    If the Shelbyville City Council has the opportunity to help a local business succeed and no other businesses or individuals would be harmed or displaced because of it, should it not take that option?

    That obvious answer to that question is yes, especially when they annexed and helped put laws in place for that business so it could get started.

    But the council seems to have mixed feelings on helping Jeptha Creed Distillery be able to reach its full potential.

  • WHAT WE THINK: For holiday cheer, try just being polite

    Over the last several decades Black Friday has been known to bring out the worst in people.

    We’ve all seen it – shoppers trampled, pushed, shoved, cursed at and fighting over a cheap TV or the must-have holiday toy of the season.

    It’s the saddest display of what a consumer driven society can do to people.

    And while shoppers can be difficult to deal with throughout the holiday season, one troubling trend we’ve seen across the commonwealth, and even nationwide, is the rudeness going both ways.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Quick work, safety actions in Walmart scare

    What could have been a scary situation was handled calmly, coolly and with the upmost care Saturday when store personnel and county officials quickly handled a potential bomb scare at Walmart in Shelbyville.

    A store employee had noticed a suspicious suitcase sitting outside the Tire and Lube center of the store and alerted store management, who then calmly evacuated the store.

    From there our county officials took over, calling in a bomb squad from Lexington.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Take care with the rockets red glare

    Apple pie, homemade ice cream, hamburgers and American flags, houses and families nationwide will be decked out in their Red, White and Blue best this weekend to celebrate the 4th of July.

    Barbecues will dot the landscape in the afternoon and early evening before an overabundance of colors takes over our night sky.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Stop, think before you Tweet

    Former NFL player and coach Herman Edwards can often be found giving opinions on ESPN during football season, and if you go back and listen you can see that Edwards is not very fond of social media platforms, especially Twitter.

    Edwards – who often times is brought in to discuss the moral high ground of decisions along with the X’s and O’s of the game – has a favorite quote when it comes to the instant response time of Tweets: “Don’t hit send.”

  • WHAT WE THINK: Wet/dry vote is a principle of economics

     The Shelby County Fiscal Court’s decision to take on the work to let the people vote on the county’s wet/dry/moist status should be met with great applause.

    The idea of allowing package liquor sales in the county is not a new one, but this is the first time the county has lent its full support to the cause.

    Last week the court approved setting aside $15,000 to help attain the signatures needed to get the decision put on the ballot.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Post-secondary education cuts go too deep

    At what point do we realize that we have already cut to the quick in education?

    The bleeding will not stop, and the newest band-aid will likely need to be applied on our community college system.

    Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget calls for spending cut of 4.5 percent for postsecondary education institutions for the remainder of this fiscal year followed by a whopping 9 percent cut included in budget.