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Today's Opinions

  • Encourage bike riding

    I read and liked your Sentinel-News Comment article on Wednesday June 11 which related to gasoline prices, transportation, and health.

    When I started working for Roll Forming Corporation in 1994, several of the office employees suggested that I buy a house in Louisville.

    "That's where everything is", I was repeatedly told. I indicated that I didn't want to make the drive from Louisville to Shelbyville and back every work day. I was glad that I settled in Shelbyville then, and I'm even more so now, especially with the current gasoline price situation.

  • Life at half-staff

    After five years of war in Iraq, it has become strangely common - and even expected - to see flags flying at half-staff around the community.

    While most of us would like to block the war out of our minds, the flags hung at half-staff should serve as a strong reminder to us of the severity of war.

    In honor of the men and women from Kentucky that die in Iraq and Afghanistan, the governor's office sends out a notice to all state agencies to fly flags in front of state buildings in the position of mourning.

  • Thanks for check

    I am writing to thank the government for my economic stimulus check.

    I spend my money on groceries and my phone bill. My food was really getting low; the money sure came in handy.

    Everybody should be glad they are getting this money and, everybody, please spend it wisely because I don't think we'll be getting any more in the future.

    Tom Douglas,

    Shelbyville

  • Arachnophobia is no laughing matter

    I hate spiders.

    I realize that people use the word 'hate' when they don't really mean it.

    However, I use the word emphatically in this instance.

    I know that spiders have their niche in the global ecosystem and they probably look good to each other.

    But in addition to being totally obnoxious, scary and disgusting, they are UGLY!

  • 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.