• WHAT WE THINK: Peaceful gathering focuses on kindness, respect for all

    On Friday night several members of our community gathered in front of the old Shelby County Courthouse to have a candlelight vigil.

    While the topic – racism in America and recent issues of officers with unarmed young black men – was certainly on point and relevant, it’s not what we would like to focus on.

    It was the way the vigil was handled, to us, that is the most important.

    A group of like-minded individuals gathered to express their opinion of injustice on a national topic that has gripped the TV news cycle for months now.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Our area police forces

    The holidays have been known to drive a few people crazy and that surely seems to be the case in Shelby County recently.

    Last week, what appeared to be a routine traffic stop turned into a car and foot chase through the east end of Shelbyville. And now, on Monday night, a man drove a car through his home in Simpsonville trying to kill his wife and at the same time endangered a child and a Simpsonville police officer.

  • WHAT WE THINK: A community that gives

    Shelby County never ceases to amaze us.

    Time and time again we see individuals, groups, organizations and businesses step up to meet the unmet needs of our community.

    Per capita, we can’t imagine a more giving, loving and protective county in the country.

    Whether it’s raising money for a homeless shelter, making a home handicap accessible, ensuring a family can afford its medical bills or that the family has a place to stay if their child is sick, Shelby County’s residents look out for their own like no other.

  • MY WORD: Taoism and leaving the economy alone

    A chap by the name of Craig Lindsay wrote a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal, which appeared in the Nov. 8 edition. His thesis is that a successful economy run by a private enterprise economy in a political environment of freedom within the law truly does lift all boats.

    The problem is it also produces outstanding success stories to which the ever-present “left” can view with alarm exclaiming “Hey, wait a minute. You’re not getting your fair share, these dirty capitalists are getting rich off your sweat.”

  • WHAT WE THINK: Human Rights and protecting the minority

    We were happy to see that the Shelby County Human Rights Commission had decided to take up the conversation of a Fairness Ordinance at its recently scheduled meeting on Dec. 1.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Karas’ adding to her lore

    Since Collins High School opened in 2010 it has never lost an individual girls’ cross country state championship.

    A Karas has taken the honor every year. Following in the footsteps, and actually bettering her older sister Caterina Karas in 2011, a seventh-grade Gabby Karas took home her first title as the sisters finished first and second.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Our veterans

    As institutions and individuals lined up to thank and listen to veterans over the weekend and on Tuesday in celebration of Veterans Day, we thought to list the way those men and women have affected our lives.

    Their commitment to preserving our life, liberty and freedom can’t fit on a list and it certainly can’t fit in one day.

    While we love to see the ceremonies and time dedicated to those that have served our country, it’s too much for one day.

  • WHAT WE THINK: SCCF grants are on target

    We are always pleased to see the Shelby County Community Foundation’s work payoff with its yearly donations.

    And with more than $46,000 donated again this year, the SCCF is continuing a nearly twenty-five-year run of making a difference in the county.

    And we were ecstatic to see the foundation make some changes that mirrored some suggestions we made last year.

    In the Nov. 27, 2013 edition of The Sentinel-News, we wrote:

    “But we do have two important quibbles with the efforts of the foundation:

  • WHAT WE THINK: An idea rooted in good thought

    Occasionally an idea comes along that is just so obvious we all deserve a V8-caliber smack in the forehead for missing out on it.

    You know the commercials where a man or woman is talking about not getting enough servings of vegetables, and then “WHACK,” followed by the announcer saying ‘You could’ve had a V8.’”

    Well, you can count us among the group that deserves a palm to the forehead after learning about the Rooted in Shelby program being promoted by the Shelby County Cooperative Extension office.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Giving the voice to the real leaders, our voters

    As we try to rinse the filth of political ads from our minds and mailboxes – from the thousands of commercials and hundreds of direct-mail flyers touting candidates – and we get back to our regular programming, it’s important to remember a big thank you to our real leaders.

    Not the ones that will reside in Washington D.C. or the ones in Frankfort, the Shelby County Judicial Center or even our city halls and county offices. No, it’s important to remember those that voted.