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Editorials

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Jackson’s efforts for Thanksgiving

    Brenda Jackson has made many contributions to Shelby County, and she has won honors – including the state's Rev. Martin Luther King Citizenship Award earlier this year – for those efforts, which have included nearly a quarter of a century on the Shelby County Board of Education.

    We were not surprised, then, to learn that Ms. Jackson had played a significant role in expanding our community’s efforts to provide a Thanksgiving meal to those who weren’t in position to have one.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Shelby's college report is encouraging

    The recent Kentucky High School Feedback Report appears to show that educators in Shelby County are doing something right.

    Certainly we were encouraged to see that our graduates are outpacing the state in attending college, and we were overwhelmed to understand that more than twice as many of them actually are sticking around for a second year and hopefully beyond.

    The most recent data, for the 2011-12 school year, wasn’t broken down between our two high schools, but about 270 of the 429 students from the county who graduated went on to college.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Honoring of Kerry Magan

    You don’t find many important public meetings when Kerry Magan doesn’t show up.

    Whether it’s a land usage plan before the Triple S Planning Commission, a zoning decision by a legislative body, the development of a new trash and recycling center, a historical matter or even simply a humanitarian matter involving a local resident, Mr. Magan is both omnipresent and omni-involved.

  • WHAT WE THINK: It only would be fair to vote on Fairness Ordinance

    Fairness has a unique definition to all who profess to embrace its precepts. Some of us take fairness for granted – thinking every situation is or at least should be fair to every individual – and others simply fight for expanding its meaning from a posture of both perceived and endured injustice and social awakening.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Our very fast Shelby County runners

    What a great bragging point for all of us: Kentucky’s fastest runners in high school cross country come from Shelby County.

    We were not surprised that Gabriela Karas sprinted off with her third consecutive Class AA title during the meet Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Neither were we in the least stunned that she did so by breaking her 5-kilometer course record – 17 minutes, 39.04 seconds – and beating her nearest rival by nearly a minute.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Veterans deserve more than a day

    There are not enough ways to say thank you to the veterans who have served our country and continue to serve. Veterans Day, to be celebrated on Monday, gives us a chance to create ceremony for this purpose, but we don’t think it ever could be enough.

    Set aside the long-term commitment to preserving our life, liberty and freedom. Set aside our veterans’ efforts to rid the world of danger and nuisance. Set aside the overall public safety of the United States.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: 2 unscary decisions about Halloween

    Dire weather forecasts and government intervention created a scary pattern of miscommunication this Halloween. You didn’t know when and if you should send out your children to trick or treat, and you looked to your elected leaders to make that parenting decision.

    Thus when public judgment stepped into personal arena there, was more bad information flying around than witches and ghosts in the blustery breezes. What we had here was a frightening inability for the right persons to make the right decisions.

  • 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.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Pleasureville's fairness move

    An amazing decision could be made on Monday night in the small, partially-in-Shelby County city of Pleasureville, where the city commission will take up second reading of a proposed Fairness Ordinance.

    You may recall that this is a measure suggested to address specific non-discrimination procedures for housing and employment, among others, based on race, religion, creed, color or sexual orientation.

  • 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.