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Opinion

  • When does Thanksgiving arrive at your house? Does it show up with family on your doorstep on Thursday morning, at an airport in a far-off place, in the atrium of a restaurant or in the car as you drive over the river and through the woods to you-know-who’s house?

    Maybe it arrives several times, with a lunch feast at one home and dinner feast at another on Thanksgiving Day, or at a meal with one family on Thursday and another on a different day. Maybe you have three or four feasts.

  • Today we pause to shake our heads sadly at the woman in Arizona who, saying she was frustrated by the re-election of Barack Obama, tried to drive over her husband because he had neglected to vote. I’m guessing she was expecting him to vote for someone other than Obama.

    Think about that for a moment. You live in Arizona, where you knew who had won the election before the last bites of early bird specials had been gobbled at your neighborhood Denny’s, and you are so irate at one vote not cast that you are trying to injure your beloved.

  • The stunning retirement announcement last week by Shelby County Parks Director Clay Cottongim has left us as startled and grasping at the future as we are sure it has those on the county’s parks board and its foundation.

    Mr. Cottongim, it would seem, is the Shelby County Parks system. There are hundreds of people  who contribute to the success of an admirable system, but this program has at the very least has been Mr. Cottongim’s foster child if not his actual baby.

  • The holiday spirit was alive and well in Shelbyville on Saturday night, and we’re not referring specifically to the Celebration of Lights, although the 25th anniversary of that festival was widely attended and a wonderful success.

    We speak, no, of the fabulous example of giving that was the presentation of a wheelchair-accessible van to Margaret Hall and her son, Glenn, during that celebration.

  • You have to love someone who sets a lofty goal and then, by golly, goes and accomplishes that goal. Our most recent example of that is from Gabriella Karas, a freshman cross-country runner at Collins High School.

    Ms. Karas’s surname is nothing new to our congratulatory notes. Her sister, Caterina, two years ago won a state cross-country title and set a course record at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. She also won several track titles.

  • I’m 46 years old, and I have never been more disheartened or discouraged by an election than I was last week. Just typing that produces a bit of guilt however, as I’m reminded that as Christians, our hope is in Christ, and we can’t let the affairs of this world distract us to the point of depression. So I’m struggling.

  • On Oct. 10 the 2012-2013 Class of Leadership Shelby embarked on our first educational adventure together as a team. I don’t think it was any coincidence that our first day trip was planned as “Agriculture Day.” After all, our county began as a booming agricultural land, and even though most of us do not get to see it every day, our county still thrives on agriculture, which has taken many different shapes.

  • We always feel this way after an Election Day on which a president is chosen: It’s time to get started to work, but can anything really be accomplished?

    We have had month upon unending month of points made, refuted, remade, refuted and other infinite cycles. Nothing really was accomplished except to create a truly contentious election season, and, truth be known, until the Electoral College votes, we really haven’t decided anything.

  • Like most everyone else, we are continuing to try to digest the results we read last week from the state’s new accountability tests for public schools.

    Like Shelby County Superintendent James Neihof, we “continue to feel challenged” by what we saw.

    Whether you think standardized testing works or whether this particular set of processes is appropriate, this is the system through which we for the foreseeable future will educate our students and evaluate our teachers and administrators.

  • Election Day means the end of the debate for a couple of men I respect very much. Unfortunately, neither of them was on the ballot.

    To be sure, though, their views are aligned generally with those of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, which is to say the bubbles they filled almost certainly weren’t on the same side of the ballot.

    It’s understandable, really. One of them has worked in the auto industry, and the other is a Marine.

  • In early August of this year, I noticed a small ad in the Sunday Louisville Courier-Journal concerning upcoming concerts at the old Grand Theater in Frankfort. Since I have performed as an entertainer, beginning at the age of 4, this quickly got my attention.

    After going over the rather long list as well as the dates, my focus centered on a guitar player on the evening of Sept. 25, knowing this would also be a pleasant surprise for my wife, Iris, and we would in all likelihood also enjoy dinner at a nearby Frankfort restaurant.

  • Many candidates have lined up to serve you, and on Tuesday you will have a chance to choose among them, which is a far from simple process. Both candidates and voters have much responsibility on Election Day.

    These candidates have presented themselves to you, shown you in many ways who they are and the issues and principles that have formed their candidacies, and now it’s up to you to sort through all those messages and make the choice that best serves your needs.

  • We are in awe of Claire Kelly. We wish we had just half her courage and determination.

    In case you aren’t familiar with Ms. Kelly, she’s the junior from Shelby County High School who on Thursday rappelled down the 30-story Lexington Financial Center.

    And why did Ms. Kelly do this? Well, because it was there.

    She’s part of the Venture Club, an affiliate of scouting, but this bouncing ride from on high primarily stemmed from her commitment to ad-venture.

  • I write these comments with all due respect to Sentinel-News columnist Chuck Souder. As a person of faith, I take exception to his position on faith and politics as espoused in this paper during the past six weeks. While Souder’s arguments are grounded in an understanding of God and Scripture, his is not the only valid understanding of God’s authority, creation and the way faith informs our lives and actions.

  • The foreign policy debate Oct. 22 between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney was designed to help voters better understand each man’s vision for America’s role abroad. While I have publicly taken issue with both candidates on aspects of their foreign policies, there is no question that Governor Romney remains the right choice for Americans on Nov. 6.

  • In his My Word article Neihof (“Believe in students; believe in schools,” Oct. 17), Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof describes what many state and county school officials are feeling: excited and jittery about the soon-to-be-released Kentucky public school testing results.

  • On Nov. 6, voters will head to the polls to cast their ballots for president, Congress, state House and Senate and some local offices. But Kentuckians will also have an opportunity to cast their votes on the following proposal:

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    When you have a special celebration, don’t you like to do something unique and make some personal history? There’s nothing like putting a red-lettered date in neon and setting a bar that you may not reach again, is there?

  • On Nov. 6, among the many important decisions voters will be asked to make is one that they should not make: to pass an amendment to the state constitution that establishes hunting and fishing as legacy activities in the state.

    That is shorthand language for the Personal Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment, which was placed on the ballot by a quick and somewhat quietly authored House Bill 1 that passed the legislature earlier this year and became part of the election process without so much as a peep from the legislature.

  • The election process would not be the same in Shelby County without the commitment of the leadership of the Shelby County Organized for Preservation and Enhancement – or SCOPE – and that organization’s commitment to this process.

    Once again this year, SCOPE organized and sponsored with The Sentinel-News the annual Candidate Forum. This has been happening every two years since 1988, and it is an established part of the election calendar.