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Opinion

  • We are always pleased to see the Shelby County Community Foundation’s work payoff with its yearly donations.

    And with more than $46,000 donated again this year, the SCCF is continuing a nearly twenty-five-year run of making a difference in the county.

    And we were ecstatic to see the foundation make some changes that mirrored some suggestions we made last year.

    In the Nov. 27, 2013 edition of The Sentinel-News, we wrote:

    “But we do have two important quibbles with the efforts of the foundation:

  • When I was growing up, one of my best friends was Meme Greenwell – her dad, Richard “Puss” Greenwell, was a teacher, football coach and later principal for Shelbyville High School. Her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S.V. Greenwell, lived on Henry Clay Street – where until recent years the storm door still featured the “G” on the front.

    I remember “Puss” talking about his brother “Jake” who was killed in World War II.

  • Occasionally an idea comes along that is just so obvious we all deserve a V8-caliber smack in the forehead for missing out on it.

    You know the commercials where a man or woman is talking about not getting enough servings of vegetables, and then “WHACK,” followed by the announcer saying ‘You could’ve had a V8.’”

    Well, you can count us among the group that deserves a palm to the forehead after learning about the Rooted in Shelby program being promoted by the Shelby County Cooperative Extension office.

  • As we try to rinse the filth of political ads from our minds and mailboxes – from the thousands of commercials and hundreds of direct-mail flyers touting candidates – and we get back to our regular programming, it’s important to remember a big thank you to our real leaders.

    Not the ones that will reside in Washington D.C. or the ones in Frankfort, the Shelby County Judicial Center or even our city halls and county offices. No, it’s important to remember those that voted.

  • Last week we found out that the Shelbyville City Council would move forward with a plan that would bring residents curbside trash and recycling service for less than $12 per month. Considering the best prices currently had the two services at about $15 per month, that was a win for the city.

    This plan, once finalized and voted on, should be available starting in January for those that decide to opt in.

    Those that decide not to participate in the franchise agreement will have to dispose of their own trash and recyclables.

  • On Friday we shared a story about Shelby Broadband earning a national award from the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, and we are certainly proud that the company calls our county home.

    Without their commitment to bringing faster Internet speeds to the county, many residents would be left with only whirr-hum-beeps of dial-up service as an option.

    However, it was another statement that president Chuck Hogg made that really made us take notice.

  • Fresh on the heels of the news that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee was coming back to Kentucky to spend more money to help Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign for the U.S. Senate seat, news has come out that Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell is now loaning his campaign $1.8 million to help offset the DSCC’s committed $1.5 million in advertising spending.

  • We have already applauded our local candidates and their ability to be cordial and even friendly during this campaign season.

    But sadly we have found out that this hasn’t necessarily continued over to their supporters.

    We recently heard a story about a supporter of one party purposely putting a sticker of their party on someone else’s car. Of course that person was a staunch supporter of the other party. And the sticker was put on the car’s paint.

  • As Nov. 4 quickly approaches we certainly hope you have been paying attention to more than the muckraking, half-truth attack ads that have been running on your television.

    Fortunately, although unfortunately for our television watching habits, our fare commonwealth finds itself at the center of one of, if not the most, contentious Senate races in the nation, and maybe in history. And while that means we must endure countless “he said, she said” ads, it also means Kentuckians get a say in the direction we would like to see this nation move forward.

  • What we eat can effect climate change

     

    Last Sunday, hundreds of thousands marched throughout the world demanding action on climate change. One hundred and twenty world leaders gathered in New York for the United Nations Summit on Climate Change. What can we do?

    A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat production accounts for 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases. A 2009 article in the respected World Watch magazine suggested that the contribution may be closer to 50 percent.

  • Shelby County Public Schools administrators and teachers had big smiles on their faces last week as the district was for the second time in a row recognized as a Proficient/Progressing, and the district saw its overall statewide ranking improve from the 66th percentile to the 76th percentile.

    “We improved and are on a steady trajectory showing growth in our school district,” Superintendent James Neihof said. “Scores like these mean we are moving in a good direction, yet we know there are areas where we need to make more gains.”

  • Tax bills hit county mailboxes last week, and for those looking for a small discount the turnaround is quick.
    But make sure you take a closer look at that bill.
    This year’s tax bills should look remarkably similar to last year’s.
    If you’re willing to dig that old bill out, you’d notice that changes are minimal.
    In fact, unless you live in Simpsonville, where the city property tax rate decreased, you might have suffered from déjà vu when you opened your bill.

  • I’ve heard local and state officials say – off the record, of course – the only thing Kentucky has going for it is cheap energy.

    The Alpha Natural Resources Co. says they may close 11 coal mines in West Virginia and lay off 1,100 workers. They found out they can ship coal by sea from the country of Columbia up the east coast for about half the cost of shipping it by rail from Kentucky. What’s more, they say it is easier to get out the ground and burns more efficiently. As if we didn’t have enough to worry about.

  • Stop avoiding Fairness Ordinance issue

     

    Dear Sentinel-News,

     

    It is both surprising and disturbing that just before an election year, our Shelby County officials from Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty to the [Shelby County] Human Rights Commission – formed in 2009 in Shelby County – are avoiding and postponing action on the Fairness Ordinance which other communities have passed.

  • Last week we all found out about a Great-horned Owl that was trapped in the steeple of Centenary United Methodist Church.

    It seems the owl was chasing a pigeon when it became trapped in the tower.

    Lucky for the great bird, the church was beginning a renovation project on the tower and the crew from Thoroughbred Contractors is a pretty honest and ethical group.

    The crew spotted the bird, made sure it had some food and water, and then called in a raptor rescue group to help get the beast out.

  • Two of the first dominoes for a proposed downtown city center in Shelbyville fell on Thursday as Shelby County Public Schools joined the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative with a tentative financial commitment.

    The two groups are still waiting for financial commitments from the Shelbyville City Council, Shelby County Fiscal Court and Shelby County Industrial Foundation before they will move forward, but this is as close as we have been to seeing the concept become a reality.

  • Questioning McConnell’s absences

     

    Mitch McConnell has been too busy to attend meetings of the Senate Agriculture Committee for the last four-plus years -- too busy kowtowing to his rich cronies like the Koch brothers and other Washington-area power brokers.

    Mitch doesn’t seem to recognize that agriculture is one of Kentucky’s signature industries and that the state is still working to recover from the loss of what was once its major crop, tobacco.

  • Last weekend the city of Louisville started its ReSurfaced event.

    Behind still-standing facades of three buildings on Louisville’s Main Street, a party pops up on Thursdays through Sundays through the last Sunday in October. There are food trucks, drink service, and live music and plenty of young adults and families enjoying the atmosphere.

    The annual fall event takes advantage of the cool temperatures, a vacant city lot and people’s penchant for eating, drinking and congregating in an outdoor setting. Call it tailgating without the football game.

  • Last week a group of workers from a Texas Roadhouse corporate office descended on the 200 block of 8th Street to help do some minor renovations at the Open Door of Hope men’s shelter.

    Shelbyville resident Kristal Baird led the group, but the amazing part is Baird was the only Shelby County person in the working crew.

    After Baird mentioned working at the facility with another organization, the Texas Roadhouse group jumped at the chance to help.