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Today's Opinions

  • An act of disrespect

    As I was reading the article in the June 4 edition of the Sentinel-News on the graduation ceremony of the class of 2008, the few sentences on the impromptu prayer led by one of the students caught my eye. This student said she did this because "we need God and we need prayer."

  • Keep looking, please

    A missing person is, mercifully, a rare event in the community. Perhaps that explains the exemplary response of community organizations to the baffling disappearance of Maxine Ethington. She disappeared May 25 in her vehicle and has not been seen since.

    It is heartening to see the community's law enforcement, churches and service organizations rally around the Ethington family as they continue the brave search for their mother.

  • The union helped workers

    I am a bit dismayed with all of the stories in this paper concerning the labor dispute at OVACO this past year. Most of the interviews done recently were with Mr. Horn, an employee of 5 1/2 years. I wonder why no one bothered to talk to the ones who have been with this company for 25-plus years. There are a lot of workers with 30 years and counting. These are the people who could really tell you the true conditions that have come about within the last few years at this factory and stand to worsen in the future.

  • Gains pains? Time to think positive

    With gas prices on the rise, grumbling is becoming a national past time.

    One of the most inane I have heard goes something like, "There's plenty of oil. Those companies are just exploiting us!"

    Plenty of oil? Time was, we Americans thought there was plenty of forest, plenty of buffalo and plenty of passenger pigeons. And plenty of whales to produce whale oil - the fuel commonly used before we discovered black gold.

  • The Bible, freedom, and the public square

    One of my favorite things to read in this newspaper is the letters to the editor on the opinion page. Just in case you didn't know, the letters to the right of this column are written by local folks who do not necessarily represent the views of the Sentinel-News.

  • An opportunity for fairness

    On May 27, fiscal court had the opportunity to put all businesses in Shelby County on the same playing field. The issue before them was an ordinance that would allow nine businesses in the county (but outside the city limits of Shelbyville) that are licensed to sell alcohol by the drink to serve their customers on Sundays. There are 72 businesses with the same license, but those inside the city limits are allowed to serve on Sundays. The city council approved an ordinance allowing them to do so, because of economic reasons.

  • A blast from the past we don't need

    We hope a couple of lessons came from last week's bloodletting at fiscal court when it was revealed that two magistrates backed the cause of an individual for a county job.

  • Race for the White House

    Well, Kentucky had its chance to vote and have it mean something. Hillary Clinton won the vote by 35 percent over Barack Obama.