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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: At least one race is way too quiet

    There remain two weeks in the campaign season, but we have been wonderfully and pleasantly pleased this fall that the candidates running for office in Shelby County have stuck to their guns on issues and kept down the flapping of their gums on each other.

  • We congratulate: SCHS golf team for its inspiration

    This has been a rather difficult athletic season for Shelby County High School.

    The Rockets are not soaring as they usually have, and most of their head-to-head match-ups with new rival Collins have not gone well.

    But then last week a group of young girls from SCHS played their way into the state golf tournament and contended admirably and bravely for a championship.

  • What we think: Here’s a new plan for road contracts

    If you’ve passed recently any intersection of the Shelbyville Bypass, you likely have been amazed and even a bit mystified at the level of work being done on our incomplete roadway.

    There are clouds of dust, lined up personnel and equipment and just a general beehive of movement – almost any hour of the day and even on the weekend – that is at once heartwarming and blood-boiling.

  • What we think: In election process, listen to yourself

    There remains a little less than a month until Election Day, and it can’t arrive too soon for us.

    We realize candidates have messages to spread and that voters have decisions to make.

    But, frankly, we think both those processes are being lost in the bombardment of mud that smacks firmly against the sides of our heads nearly every day.

  • We congratulate: Those keen on going green

    You may have read in recent weeks about the number of industries in Shelby County that are trying to become increasingly green.

    We know that the report in last week’s Sentinel-News was only a sampling of what is going on in our manufacturing areas, but we were heartened to see so much anecdotal evidence that our industries want to help the environment.

  • A celebration of horses that you can’t help but find thrilling

    For many years, in many places and for many reasons, I have stood in front of my television screen on Derby Day and unabashedly shed a tear when My Old Kentucky Home was sung.

    Like most of my generation, I learned the words – the original ones, I might add – in grade school and have burned them into those vocal tracks of my soul, to be plucked and tweaked on an occasional basis in an emotional serenade of my essence.

  • SOUDER: One family’s pursuit of the Call of the Wild

    Last weekend my family went camping.

    Now, I am aware that there are those who love the great outdoors. For those people, the sights, sounds and smells of nature are the closest things to heaven on earth that they can find.

    There are those that love to camp in tents, to be at one with creation, to go to sleep with the sound of the crickets and frogs in their ears and wake to the feel of the dewy grass under their feet.

  • What we think: Henry Cleveland recorded our lives

    Shelby County lost another one of its quieter but more influential residents this past week.

    Henry Cleveland may have been known as an affable mailman, a documentary photographer and a God-fearing friend to many residents, but to Shelby County he was all those things and more.

    Mr. Cleveland has helped record the history of our county, taking images of its people and places and collecting them as a valuable and irreplaceable archive.