• WHAT WE THINK: The Cabinet is protecting itself, not Jackleen Lane

    The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has responded as we expected: going to court in Shelby County to prevent you from knowing what you have a right to know about how well it protected Jackleen Lane.

    The Cabinet does not want to conform to a judgment in September by the office of Attorney General Jack Conway that it violated state Open Records laws by denying to release to The Sentinel-News records concerning its oversight of Ms. Lane.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Redistricting needs open ears and minds

    When it comes to schools and families, the word “redistricting” can be as daunting for parents as “final exam” can be for students. Those few letters can signal for some a difficult task ahead, an uncertain future and, perhaps, a lot of blood, sweat and tears to come.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Sterling examples of personal strength

    Two great lessons of strength played out in Shelby County last week, taught by the golden examples of a pair of teenagers who were unafraid of a bright life and making a salient point.

    First there was 17-year-old Ashley Hilger, who not only executed the admirable but awful task of telling her parents that she was being molested but also doing so in front of a press conference that included TV lights and cameras as part a lawsuit her family had filed against employees of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

  • WHAT WE THINK: You deserve to know what Cabinet knew about Jackleen Lane

    Friday could be a big day for the sad legacy of Jackleen Lane, but we hesitate to raise false hopes. The emphasis must fall squarely on the word “could.”

  • We CONGRATULATE: Those who have filed early for election

    The filing deadline for the 2014 elections remains three weeks away, but we are inspired to see early-bird candidates popping out of political corners to suggest that there could be races in May and November. It’s a trend we would like to see continue at an explosive growth rate.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Test drive is best way to evaluate new health-care law

    We hope you are not falling victim to the irresponsible rhetoric flowing around the launch last week of the Affordable Care Act. Since registration for anyone needing health insurance opened Oct. 1, misinformation and carefully constructed lies seem to have become part of the “instructions” some intend to be read and followed.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Animal shelter’s new man in charge

    We’re glad to see that there is a new, full-time director of the Shelby County Animal Shelter. That the new leader, Leon Federle, has prior experience at the shelter is an added bonus.

    This is not to diminish the 6-year, interim tenure of Rusty Newton. The shelter has grown and been effective under Mr. Newton’s leadership, and he certainly has set a well-developed and easily followed trail for Mr. Federle to lead the county’s animal control efforts.

  • WHAT WE THINK: This seems an A+ for Shelby County students

    In the often-maligned world of public education, aren’t we feeling a balmy, refreshing breeze of good news blowing across Shelby County these days? Haven’t years passed since we last felt so much positive energy involving the education of our students?

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Tegrant’s decision to come to Shelby County

    Welcome to the marketplace, Tegrant Industries. We’re glad to have you join our burgeoning base of support manufacturers to feed the state’s high-powered automotive industries.

    We know your parent company, Sunoco, has a strong working relationship in Kentucky, but we’re glad you chose Shelby County to plant your $12 million stake and hire 51 people. We trust those 51 will come from our collection of zip codes.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Attorney General’s ruling on records about Jackleen Lane's life

    We might be appearing to gloat if we were to claim a great victory in the decision last week by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s office that would require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to release its investigative records about the life of Jackleen Lane.

    Certainly The Sentinel-News pursued those records as it sought to understand how a 15-year-old girl would be missing from home for three days without any questions being asked and then to be found dead, having drowned in remote area of Clear Creek.