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Opinion

  • Stunned by starlings

     

    Many of us enjoy walking around our lovely neighborhood of Country Manor. However, around 8:30 every evening we are disgusted by the swarms of thousands of starlings in the unmowed/unkept property located at the north end.

    Compound the noise with the nasty odor of their waste that is also evident, and it's quite repulsive AND unhealthy.

  • I have an annual guy’s camping weekend each August, and this year it just so happened to be this past weekend.

    It’s a lot of fun. We build a campfire and cook over open flames, we stay up late telling stories and then we hit the water on Saturday in a couple of rented pontoon boats and mostly act like we’re still in our 20s.

  • Facebook has been flooded recently with people taking photos of and waxing poetic about the old water tower in downtown Shelbyville.

    As crews started working on taking it down over the weekend – and work will continue this weekend – we heard more and more people lament its removal.

    We, too, were sad to see it go, but changes are necessary.

    Water company manager Tom Doyle said last week that it would cost more than $300,000 just to bring it up to current safety standards.

  • Questionable reports of pension shortfall

     

    In a recent story about Moody’s credit rating agency downgrading Kentucky’s status, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported the total pension shortfall at $37 billion.

    Moody’s own pension shortfall estimate is $70 billion.

    That’s how they determined the downgrade.

  • It hardly seems like the middle of July, especially with temperatures hovering in the mid-80s this week.

    But here we are, back in school and post Shelbyville Horse Show.

    Last week we talked about how our state legislatures should not try to legislate how or when schools districts start the new year.

    One reason they proposed a later year was for tourism revenue.

    Shelby County Public Schools started this year earlier than it has in the past several years, but our Shelbyville Horse Show continued to thrive.

  • Is there any civility?

    In reference to the Letter to the Editor “Less than civil?” on page A4 of the July 17, 2017 issue of The Sentinel-News.

    That anyone who would dare come to the Shelby County Human Rights Commission meeting unless you agree with our agenda, you are NOT welcome.

    “Our meeting,” as stated, stinks to high heaven of exclusivity. “Our meeting” is for only those who agree with the commission.

  • As we turn the page on July 2017, I find myself asking the same question once again, “Is summer over already?”

  • Smiling students – or at least half awake students – boarded buses and piled out of cars this morning for the first day of school after a long and restful summer break.

    And while it may seem very early to be back in school, we must remember that they’ve been out since well before June 1, and there are three two-week breaks coming this school year – one in October, another in December and again in April.

  • Our community is fortunate. We have a public school system filled with incredibly engaged students in grades pre-K through 12 and a team of professional teachers and administrators who strive daily to provide an excellent education to benefit this community for generations to come.

    A vital component of the progress of our district – and thus our community – is the leadership provided by the men and women who make up the Shelby County Board of Education.

  • Members of the 5 Counties Friends of NRA recently attended the annual Kentucky Friends of NRA Workshop, and Fund Committee Meeting. Chair Tony Wheatley and Treasurer Larry Mott represented the local Friends of NRA committee.

    At the workshop, the state Friends of NRA recognized many committees for their huge success in 2016. First, they were awarded the Friends of NRA’s “Kentucky Breakout Award” which recognizes those committees that have broken out of their usual efforts by reaching an extraordinary result.

  • Losing our human rights

    The recent railroading of our now infamous Governor Matt Bevin and Kentucky’s Congress on Saturday, Jan. 7, pushing seven highly controversial pieces of legislature down our throats, has left me and thousands of others furious.

  • The Shelbyville City Council decided last week to draft an ordinance for review on making the council race a non-partisan affair.

    Having long wondered what Republican and Democrats have to do with our small town politics, we could not be more pleased and more behind this effort.

    And once information was shared comparing other municipalities, especially those similar to Shelbyville, it seems the move is a no-brainer.

  • Back from the grave.

    That’s what I thought when Dr. Michael Kommor of Baptist Health spoke the two words “divine intervention” in our meeting in his office on Dec. 5.

    He said, in effect, “Mr. Matthews, there’s no medical reason why you’re here today. And while I would like to take the credit, your recovery transcends my medical skills and experience.”

    It was Dr. Kommor who had called in Hosparus in mid-November when it appeared that my time on earth was short…very short.

  • Find compassion, respect for each other

    It is frustrating and saddening to see in letters to this paper the anger and disrespect with which some people view others across the political divide.

    I believe that the vast preponderance of Americans on both sides of the political spectrum are people of good will who want the best for our country.

    I like and trust those people that I know personally who did not vote as I did for president.

  • Every January since 2009 The Sentinel-News has established a blueprint for the coming year to help focus on ideas, concepts and circumstances that deserve – or require – our attention.

    Every year since 2010, we have issued a report card to review how well the community has responded to those goals. Sometimes new issues rush in and steal our momentum – like our unplanned but huge response to a growing heroin issue – but generally we have at the end of the year developed a grade for how we have fared as a community.

  • I opened the E-mail with an almost, “oh, no” feeling.

    After all, it was the Sunday morning after Thanksgiving, and if a parent was emailing a teacher and I was copied, chances are someone was angry.

    I was wrong. Yet at first, I didn’t know it.

    She began with how things had gone so wrong for so many years. Her words dripped with sadness and regret. I felt it.

  • With apologies to Clement Moore:

    Twas midnight on Christmas, and all through the land.

    The party was roaring, there was plenty of bourbon on hand.

    The children were restless, Christmas dancing in their heads.

    There was so much noise, they barely could stay in their beds.

    And I in my best Eddie Bauer and Mom in her new rabbit wrap

    Were just sitting in our corner, asking our server for a nightcap.

    When outside by the parking lot, we heard a big ol’ noise.

  • It turns out I hate oak trees.

    Sure they grow big and full, provide tons of shade and are a very hearty hardwood that makes for great furniture, floors and even firewood.

    But they are also the bane of my existence come late fall and into winter.

    I have two giant oak trees in my front yard and for three, or maybe two-and-a-half, seasons they are wonderful.

  • For more than 30 years Glenn and Dennis Moore have been servicing Shelby County.

    Now ready to take some time off, the Moores are planning to put their feet and rest a while, a well-deserved rest too.

    And while their decision to retire and close the shop is a loss for the driving public of Shelby County, we still marvel at the time they put in making sure our cars were running and safe.