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Opinion

  • Supports Bevin

     

    "It does not take a majority to prevail but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

    -Samuel Adams-

     

  • Among the music, the dancing, the laughing and the beautiful outfits of Trés Chic is, and remains, a cause that tugs at the heartstrings of us all.

    Through its five years, Trés Chic has thousands and thousands of dollars for Kosair Children’s Hospital, and that money has directly benefitted Shelby Countains that find themselves there, often for reasons they are asking a higher being to explain.

    The efforts have helped with bills, food and a place to stay so parents can be with their children in those most vulnerable times.

  • As we all sit and watch in horror as Baltimore starts to resemble a war torn city from the 1980s Soviet Union, it leaves us in wonder.

    We understand, at least to the best of our abilities, the anger, the disgust and the distrust that culminated with the horrific and unnecessary killing of Freddie Gray.

    The death of Mr. Gray has many outraged and irate, and on the heels of several other police and race-related incidents across the country from St. Louis to New York to Charleston, S.C. and now in Baltimore, people have had enough.

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    In support of the tourism tax

     

    I am writing to support the restaurant tax that is currently before the Shelbyville City Council.  Having served as Mayor [of Shelbyville], I know how difficult it is to vote for a tax.  There is no perfect tax.  We passed the occupational tax back many years ago after federal revenue sharing was eliminated and over a third of our budget disappeared overnight. 

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    Almost one year ago today we were questioning the Shelbyville City Council on their slow adoption of a citywide garbage ordinance.

    We wondered what was taking so long and why decisions seemed to be stalled when cities and counties all around us had adopted franchise agreements years ago.

    But now, as we look back on the results, we see a city that has transitioned smoothly into a new stage.

  • We were stunned earlier this month at the news that the Public Service Commission was further investigating whether or not U.S. 60 Water, which is managed by North Shelby Water, properly heeded warnings about the condition of a water tank in Waddy.

    When the tank collapsed last August, it amazingly left no one injured, but the 177,000 gallons of spilled water left a devastating path of destruction that included building on the site of Waddy Baptist Church.

  • As epic rains pounded Shelby County on Friday and caused flooding on city and county streets and throughout basements and crawl spaces, a few brave people were on the prowl looking to help.

    Our local firefighters, police and emergency responders were not tucked up on the couch reading a book or watching TV, instead they were out in the rain saving lives and helping some that had made poor decisions.

    On three different occasions, first responders used boats or walked out to those stuck in cars that had tried to cross large pools of standing water.

  • On Monday, gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin stopped in Shelbyville for a meet-and-greet session at the Bell House on Main Street.
    However, very few people came out to either meet or greet Mr. Bevin, in this his second Shelbyville stop in the campaign season.
    With several Republican candidates for governor set to battle in the primary in May, voters are doing themselves a disservice by not attending these meetings – and that includes Democrats, as well.

  • My apologies for the clumsy paragraph in the March 11 column “Avoiding tax while revitalizing with private money.” The clarification by the editor didn’t reflect my feelings about these two projects, one of which is a done deal—the $500,000 “gift” for the Blue Gables project.

  • The American founders believed in the equal protection of all the peoples’ rights and thus insured that all would have the freedom to prosper.

    The Shelbyville City Council's restaurant tax operates to negate those protections. At the last workshop the council discussed how best to spend the tax money, not whether they should collect a tax or not.

  • An opportunity for Human Rights Commission

     

    I find it odd and disturbing that the chair of our local human rights commission would resign in response to a Kentucky Commission on Human Rights resolution in support of, well, human rights.

  • Eight years ago, almost to the day, I was living at High Point Apartments and starting my new job as Publisher of The Sentinel-News.

    It’s been a good eight-year run.

    My last day is Friday, and my wife and I have decided to head back to Florida where there is family that needs our help. It’s just the right time.

  • Most pundits will tell you the greatest rivalry in college sports rests on Tobacco Road with Blue Devils and Tar Heels or in deep down south with War Eagles and a Crimson Tide or maybe even a bit farther north between Buckeyes and Wolverines, but those are just the misinformed.

    They haven’t seen the real rivalry in action, they haven’t lived Red and Blue.

    The Universities of Kentucky and Louisville feature a rivalry so deep and so engrained, that it far transcends those others.

  • The state of Indiana is in scramble mode.

    As thousands and thousands of fans descend on Indianapolis for the NCAA Final Four this week, instead of focusing on the Hoosier state’s long love affair with the round ball, they will be greeted by a few thousand more protesters.

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has spent the past few days trying to clarify the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act that many have said allows discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

  • Peggy Noonan, in her weekly editorial in the Feb. 7 edition of The Wall Street Journal, said there are two schools of thought on what has caused the dramatic growth of the terrorist group ISIS.

    Half of Washington says, “George W. Bush broke Iraq and ISIS was born.” The other half says, “When Obama withdrew from Iraq, ISIS was born.”

    Does it really matter? The fact is this murderous bunch believe in causes we don’t understand and their ranks are growing.

  • To the disciples and worshipers of The Wall Street Journal as their bible, who glorify big business as the supplier of jobs and prosperity, complaining of any government regulation as evil and unfair oppression, ignoring the obscene salaries of big business executives, even in our hospitals, as well as banking, insurance, oil and auto companies, I commend the writings of Thomas Paine, particularly “Common Sense.” It ignited our revolution against unrestrained power.

  • Reducing meat, dairy for personal, environmental health

    The U.S. Advisory Panel on Dietary Guidelines has finally mustered the courage to recommend that Americans eat less meat and dairy products. And not just to lower our risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity, but also because it slows the rate of climate changes, with its own devastating consequences.

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    Each year the Shelby County Farm Bureau’s Women’s Committee takes time to raise funds and fill bellies for Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Food Checkout Week.

    But this year these fine ladies went above and beyond.

    The group raised more than $500 to spend on food to fill backpacks for the Shelby County Backpack Project, ensuring that hundreds of children will have food over weekends.

    While they always find a way to donate food and money, the donation for children is one that we believe cannot be beaten.

  • If you happened to see several Cats in hats this week or even just children in large striped top hats, don’t be alarmed.

    Monday marked Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss’s, or Theodor Seuss Geisel as he was less commonly known, birthday.

    To mark the event schools across the country and the county will celebrate all week with green eggs and ham, reading events and, of course, visits from Geisel’s most famous character, Cat in the Hat.

  • 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.