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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: Trails to park are a good step

    We like the idea of building more trails in Shelby County for walkers, runners and cyclists. We believe any county that contributes heavily to a state with such a poor record for obesity should make any health-related concept a high priority.

    And we agree with letter writer Abby Cottongim’s suggestion that a good place to start is to link the residential streets of Shelbyville to Clear Creek Park.

  • EARLIER: What we think: We as citizens deserve answers

    Honorable Brad Montell

    Honorable Gary Tapp  

    We sure are glad you got those folks from Kay and Kay Contracting to agree to meet with you this week.

    Somebody needs to set those guys down and have a quiet word with them about how they took our money -- $26.5 million! – to build us a 4.5 miles of road and so far left us with a lot of dirt and disruption.

    If it weren’t so sad, we might think it was funny to call them Highwaymen. It feels like we’re getting held up.

  • The church: the ultimate 3G network

     I have recently been thinking about the church. Not just local churches like Shelby Christian, where I minister, but the church nationally and globally – and about the impact it is (or isn’t) making in the world.

  • The first lady

    The names Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth will forever be linked in the first-ever assassination of a U.S. President.

    Not so well remembered are the eight co-conspirators in the assassination -- one of whom grimly became an historic first herself.

    It was 144 years ago Tuesday in Washington that, alongside three of the other conspirators (George Atzerodt, David Herold and Lewis Powell), Mary Surratt became the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government.

  • What we think: Rep. Guthrie's visit is an opportunity for you

    The visit to Shelby County this Friday by Rep. Brett Guthrie is an opportunity in democracy that most Shelby Countians don’t typically have and even less often grasp.

    Too frequently these days our national politicians don’t show up in their districts until they need money, votes or, typically, more of both.

    That’s why Mr. Guthrie’s stop here is such a uniquely wonderful moment for all of us.

  • My Word: A Shelby family's connection to death of Lincoln

    Many of you read Scott McDaniel’s recent story on Mary Surratt (“The Story of the First Woman to be Hung by U.S. Government” 7/8/2009) who was found guilty of conspiracy to murder President Lincoln.  I dare say, however, that only a handful of people know of the Shelby County connection to Mrs. Surratt. The connection is my great-great grandmother Emily Barry, but first, you need some history of the Surratts. 

  • A lost & found story that will have you on pins and needles

    My family loves Disney World. One of the things they love about it is pin trading.

    For the uninitiated, pin trading is a sport at Disney World where you buy pins that depict various Disney characters, rides or experiences and then you display them on a lanyard that is worn around your neck (or held by your dad when you’re riding a roller coaster).  Then you take the pins you have purchased and trade them with other people. 

  • We congratulate: Bekaert for its 'greener' process

     Bekaert Corporation’s introduction recently of a new processing system that eliminates lead and replaces it with water was a clear example for all local industry and our community as a whole.

    Making our county “greener” was on The Sentinel-News’ list of goals for 2009. We challenged our governmental and industrial leaders to take up this challenge and make improvements this year.