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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: Community fared well in meeting goals

    In January, The Sentinel-News established what we considered to be the community’s agenda for the year.

    We believe it’s our responsibility as the magnet for public discussion in Shelby County to assert our voices into conversations already in place.

    We aren’t the deciders but rather the lens or amplifier for what you are saying, the fulcrum to help persuade action.

  • What we think: This is our 2010 agenda for Shelby County

    As we promised on Dec. 29, we offer to you today our vision for the most important initiatives facing our county in 2010. Some of these concepts are under way, and others need new and continued care and feeding.

    You can expect that as the year unfolds, we will continue to offer our perspective in how well leaders and citizens are addressing these concepts and embracing their themes.

  • We know what Santa can bring to us next year

    Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the county,

    Not a creature was stirring, lest it become a hunter’s bounty.

    The stockings may be hung, but who really cared?

    Our visions of Harley had vanished into thin air.

     

    The children were indeed all snug in their beds.

  • My Word: This soldier has been there and sees 3 ways U.S. could lose in Afghanistan

    From one retired military officer’s perspective, here are three easy steps for the United States to lose in Afghanistan.

    Step One: Assume that the conflict in Afghanistan is its own war and not part of a larger global or world war.

    • When was the last time you heard the term Global War on Terror? We now simply deploy soldiers on “contingency operations.”

  • Is UK-U of L really a rivalry in football?

     A friend recently gave me a new cap as a welcome-back-to-Kentucky present.

  • Among all the presents remember the Christmas presence

    For many people – and certainly for my children – Christmas is all about the presents.

    It was no different for me when I was their age. I fully remember going to bed on Christmas Eve in anxious anticipation of waking early to discover what treasures Santa had left.

  • A man of the cloth who was from a different fabric

    The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville and Shelby County have a unique, symbiotic relationship. For 150 years now, the seminary has been turning out ministers, and for probably just as long, those young preachers have been practicing their sermons at many of Shelby County’s churches.

    In the Lord’s Army, these are buck privates, men studying their calling on weekdays and trying out what they learned at nights and on weekends. They stay a few years until they graduate, and then the Lord moves them in unusual ways.

  • Coaches teach us tough lessons, and some pay the ultimate

    The tragic intersection of the fates of Jason Stinson and Max Gilpin has occurred too many times on the roads traveled by coaches and players.

    Stinson, a football coach Pleasure Ridge Park High School, was doing what he knew it would take to build strength and character, and Gilpin, a young player, only was trying to have his built.

    Both of them pushed, and, sadly, one pushed too hard.