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Opinion

  • While we are on the topic of congratulating the city, we cannot forget to offer praise for the council’s decision to continue to discuss the restaurant tax.

    With the announcement of a workshop on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at city hall, 315 Washington Street, the council has, for the first time we are aware of, decided to discuss the 3 percent tax on food from restaurants and other sources.

    The tax doesn’t include packaged food, so groceries would not be included.

  • We were pleased to hear the Shelbyville City Council’s unanimous “Yea” in favor of providing $2 million in funding for the proposed City Center project for the 800 block between Main and Washington streets.

    Not only could we clean up a block that is a considerable blight on our lovely downtown –excluding the community theatre, of course – but this also gets us that much closer to a much needed meeting space and an arts center to be utilized by our school district.

  • FRANKFORT - The 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly is nearing the halfway point and with few days left to take up legislation, a flurry of key bills passed in the House this past week.
    As I anticipated in last week’s column, both the proposal to raise the states minimum wage, HB2, and the bill to implement a state wide smoking ban, HB145, were voted on and passed by the full House.  These bills are now in the Senate where I expect they will receive a less than warm reception.  

  • The number of civilian employees in the U.S. Department of Defense has grown by 7 percent since 2009, while the number military personal has declined by 8 percent.

    If we get into a war armed only with pencils we will surely win by force of numbers – 750,000 of them and counting. Even the military has been ceded to the bureaucrats. These are pencil pushers who haven’t a clue to the difference between a strategy and a tactic. Add to this all the improvements in armament, which have been scrapped plus exploding increase in terrorist worldwide it really gets scary.

  • The Kentucky House of Representatives was also hard at work last week on a bill that would ban smoking in all work places and indoor public places.

    There are a few exceptions, including cigar bars and private clubs, but for the most part the bill is fairly inclusive.

    We applaud the House for approving the bill. This is the first time such sweeping legislation has been approved in either chamber of the Kentucky legislature, and we believe it is an integral first step.

  • For decades our commonwealth has been known for fast horses, basketball and Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

    With growing crowds, it doesn’t seem that the Kentucky Derby’s appeal will ever diminish. And the NCAA championship game has featured either the University of Louisville for Kentucky in each of the last three years, making it obvious that our state’s top universities in Lexington and Louisville have no intention of relinquishing our stranglehold on the country’s best hoops teams.

  • Let’s talk about alcohol and drug abuse. What’s that have to do with conservatism?

    One of the definitions of conservatism is cautious. My good friend the late Tom Cobb’s favorite expression was “all things in moderation.” My little chair side dictionary says moderation is another word for temperance.

    I had an uncle who was a functioning alcoholic. When he died of lung cancer –he couldn’t control his smoking either – we had to hire two people to replace him.

  • Thursday’s regular Shelbyville City Council meeting was a hub of conversation and discussion centering on a proposal for a zone change that would allow apartments in the Breighton Circle area just south of Interstate 64 by Exit 32 and close to Regal Cinemas.

    While this topic certainly deserves more discussion, it was a smaller presentation that caught our eye.

    The Shelbyville/Shelby County Visitors Bureau & Tourism Commission was on hand to make a presentation, one they made about one year ago in Simpsonville.

  • Simpsonville, Shelby County and the entire horsing community lost one of its greatest members last week.

    Charles “Redd” Crabtree left an indelible mark on the soul of Shelby County and on the Saddlebred Horse community.

  • Friends of Grove Hill give thanks

    As a new year starts to unfold, Friends of Grove Hill look back on what was an exceptional year of accomplishments thanks to the many who have supported events and causes of Grove Hill Cemetery. We are thankful for people who rolled up their sleeves and rolled out their checkbooks to make this a year of milestone achievements.

  • It was a little more than one month ago that we congratulated Gabby Karas for her fourth consecutive cross country state title.

    The Collins sophomore burst on to the scene as a seventh-grader with stamina and will power well beyond her years. And now she’s showing the rest of the country what we have come to expect from what may be the most decorated athlete to emerge from Shelby County.

    After placing 25th in 2013, Karas was 9th Saturday at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championship in San Diego.

  • On Friday night several members of our community gathered in front of the old Shelby County Courthouse to have a candlelight vigil.

    While the topic – racism in America and recent issues of officers with unarmed young black men – was certainly on point and relevant, it’s not what we would like to focus on.

    It was the way the vigil was handled, to us, that is the most important.

    A group of like-minded individuals gathered to express their opinion of injustice on a national topic that has gripped the TV news cycle for months now.

  • The following is the Shelbyville Area NAACP’s Statement on Furguson, MO.

    We the Shelbyville Area NAACP, would like to speak to our local community about the Furguson, Mo., incident. We want our local community to know that the local branch stands with the national NAACP on this issue.

  • The holidays have been known to drive a few people crazy and that surely seems to be the case in Shelby County recently.

    Last week, what appeared to be a routine traffic stop turned into a car and foot chase through the east end of Shelbyville. And now, on Monday night, a man drove a car through his home in Simpsonville trying to kill his wife and at the same time endangered a child and a Simpsonville police officer.

  • Shelby County never ceases to amaze us.

    Time and time again we see individuals, groups, organizations and businesses step up to meet the unmet needs of our community.

    Per capita, we can’t imagine a more giving, loving and protective county in the country.

    Whether it’s raising money for a homeless shelter, making a home handicap accessible, ensuring a family can afford its medical bills or that the family has a place to stay if their child is sick, Shelby County’s residents look out for their own like no other.

  • Residential zoning doesn’t fit with business park

     

    Has the Triple S Planning Commission decided to throw out the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Regulations?!

    They have approved a zoning request to change a portion of Breighton Business Center from X-2 (General Interchange to R-4 (Multifamily Residential)? Does this make sense to anyone?

  • We were happy to see that the Shelby County Human Rights Commission had decided to take up the conversation of a Fairness Ordinance at its recently scheduled meeting on Dec. 1.

  • Tell this to your children early, and junior high is not too early.

    In the 18th century Samuel Johnson said, “Whatever you make, spend less.” In the 20th century Howard Pearce said, “You can go in debt for a home or a business, but for anything else if you can’t pay cash you don’t need it.”

    The first thing you must learn is to be able to distinguish between NEED and WANT. Above all if you can’t pay 100% of your credit and debt when due, cut the card up.

  • Regarding the letter “Looking for equal treatment with fairness” that ran in the October 22 edition of The Sentinel-News, most individuals who populate Shelby County are unaware that a problem exists among our youth where homelessness is an issue – which is what the author professes. That encompasses youths in both lifestyles – heterosexual or alternative lifestyles.

  • Since Collins High School opened in 2010 it has never lost an individual girls’ cross country state championship.

    A Karas has taken the honor every year. Following in the footsteps, and actually bettering her older sister Caterina Karas in 2011, a seventh-grade Gabby Karas took home her first title as the sisters finished first and second.