Today's Opinions

  • MY WORD: In defense of Officer Willoughby

    A letter writer supported Shelbyville Police Officer Suzanna Marcum (“About the shooting,” Letters to the editor, Nov. 30). I wish I would have written in earlier to show my support for Officer Frank Willoughby in the incident involving the shooting of teenager Trey F. Williams.

  • MY WORD: Moving Lifebridge is a bittersweet farewell

    On behalf of Lifebridge for Animals, I would like to offer you a bittersweet “farewell.”

    The goal of Lifebridge for Animals has been unique in that we always have been focused on the future. We have worked diligently to move toward a day when there will be no need for animal shelters.

    Through curriculum-based humane education and spay/neuter assistance, that day can come. Sheltering is important, but it is not a solution to the problem of pet overpopulation, cruelty and neglect.

  • Rhyme and reason for the season: 2011 version

    We’re here again with our holiday verse,

    To bring you a cheer or maybe a curse.

    But we hope for a smile from ear to ear,

    Our goal is only a bit of holiday cheer.

    So with only  apologies to Clement Moore,

    Our Night Before In Shelby is your reading chore.


    ‘Twas the night before Christmas,

    And all across the field,

    Holes and folds were numerous,

  • What we think: New judicial center is money well spent

    Shelby Countians awoke this morning to perhaps the most wonderful new public facility in the more than 200 years of our history – the Shelby County Judicial Center.

    We don’t know how residents in the early 1900s reacted to the opening of the Shelby County Courthouse, and we set aside the oooos and aaaaaahs for new schools, because those tend to happen and bring new educational wonders every decade or two.

    But we believe the center on the corner of 4th and Main streets in Shelbyville is a building of which all residents should be proud.

  • We congratulate: All the ways we celebrate the holiday season

    Some have labeled us as Sentinel-News Scrooges for suggesting that the Celebration of Lights in Shelbyville is scheduled too early and infringes on Thanksgiving.

    We still believe that it is, but we will set that aside for now to recognize another dead-on Santa certainty:
    Lots of people in Shelby County love to celebrate the holidays.

  • What we think: The Christmas story is our forever lesson

    In our annual pause to celebrate love and giving, we believe it is important that everyone remember the story that changed mankind.

    Luke 2

    1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.

    2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

    3 All went to their own towns to be registered.

  • Letters to the Editor, Dec. 21, 2011

    CASA is good choice


    According to Google, there have been over 4,000 studies that show that men and women who were abused as children wind up in prison. Prison and court costs amount to at least $25,000 per year that Kentucky taxpayers must pay. A better way is to use the free volunteer services of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to reduce the huge number of incarcerated men, women and children detained in jails, prisons and juvenile detention facilities today.

  • SOUDER: Christmas: The best good news ever

    “The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)

    We all like good news: “It’s a girl!” “The biopsy came back negative. The cancer is gone!” “Today’s test is cancelled. Everyone gets an ‘A’!” “IU finally beat Kentucky!”