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Opinion

  • Does God have a place in the platform of a political party? It depends upon whom you ask. On day two of the Democratic National Convention, three attempts were made to include God in the Democratic Party Platform. San Antonio Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asked for delegates to ratify the proposal by voice vote and an awkward moment ensued when the first two votes deadlocked.  The third vote drew even louder opposition, yet the Chair gaveled the proposed change into place, which drew loud boos. Who knew God would be so controversial at the convention?

  • We understand the recent reluctance by members of Shelby County Fiscal Court to provide the property for the city of Shelbyville once again to expand its tax base.

  • Another Labor Day has passed, which is when the communities of Waddy and now Martinsville officially set in motion some of Shelby County’s wonderful traditions: the fall season of community festivals.

    Bagdad and Mount Eden have their days in the spring and summer, but the fall – or the late-summer days leading up to it – have become the gathering time for all aspects of our communities.

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    One of those droll little Facebook cartoons appeared in my news feed the other day. I don’t know where these originate or recall who passed this one along, but the punch line went something like: “I wish there was a filter for ‘ignore political comments,’ so I don’t lose all my friends between now and the election.”

  • I was talking to a man about the dreadful news that Smith-McKenney drug store has been sold and soon would be no more. He is a lifelong resident of Shelbyville, a man invested in the community. He understood and mourned the loss of a venerable institution, just as so many of us are mourning.

  • Now that Horizon Group Properties has received approval from the Triple S Planning Commission on its request to rezone several acres of Simpsonville to be appropriate as a site for its planned outlet mall, this question now comes down to the final affirmation or rejection by the Simpsonville City Commission.

  • None of us likes increases in our taxes, and we are fortunate that Shelby County Fiscal Court and the Shelbyville City Council have for most of this century been able to hold firm on their rates for property taxes.

    In a era when so many legislative bodies are going broke and screaming for revenue streams, we should not underestimate the import that these two paramount taxing agencies are able to refrain from boosting cash flow.

  • Phyllis Sower really threw down the gauntlet on the Catholic position on contraception and the HHS mandate (My Word: “Clarifying Catholic issue,” Aug. 8). I don't mind picking it up because it struck at the heart of a couple of topics that are near and dear to me.

  • Intimidation can be a powerful weapon. Tyrants and terrorists have long employed intimidation into their arsenal to not only keep subjects and opponents in line but to silence even the smallest hint of resistance.

  • Would someone please enact a “mercy rule” for this presidential election game?

  • We have had an alarming situation brought to our attention.

    Our state Cabinet for Health and Family Services recently turned down

    a request for aid from a young Shelby County woman who was brave enough to take on the sudden responsibility of caring for a sister she did not know she even had.

    The woman’s father, who had left her family when she was a baby, went on to father another child many years later, and that child in-turn lost both its parents.

  • There are just a few days left in the Kentucky State Fair, and already we are hearing about winners from Shelby County in a variety of categories.

    That’s always wonderful for us to see, and we look forward to the lists of winners so we can scan and see familiar names accomplishing great things.

    If on your visits to the state fair you’ve never taken time to tour the exhibits, we encourage you to do so. You will find some incredible and inspiring and creative, and you may just find that a friend from school or church has done some ribbon-winning work.

  • One of the travesties of what has become of the modern Olympic Games that was not caused by programmers at NBC is the inclusion of BMX bicycle racing as a full-fledged medal sport.

    You know BMX, that’s when oversized children and underaged adults catapult themselves over hill and dale while riding bicycles too small for your 11-year-old.

    At the risk of sounding my age, why is this an Olympic sport? How does it rank with running, jumping, swimming, diving and moving balls around with hands, feet, heads and sticks? Which god on Mount Olympus thought of this?

  • Because of incorrect information supplied to The Sentinel-News, articles on the front page and continuing inside on July 27 and Aug. 1 defined incorrectly the construction project to hide the air-conditioning unit outside the Shelby County Judicial Center. The barricade built around the unit is no fence.

  • What a glorious day was Monday, when construction crews from Louisville Asphalt began the 2-year project of re-engineering the dangerous ramp from KY 55 onto Interstate 64 at Exit 32 in Shelbyville.

    This is a moment we have awaited for more than three years, from our first suggestion that something must be done to extend the dangerously abbreviated acceleration lane, through two deadly accidents and several more near deadly ones, through changes in leadership and on to the inevitable budget fights about road plans.

  • An open letter to Chuck Souder (“Part 2: Are we going up or going down?” July 27): You should be ashamed of yourself. For you in the type of position you hold [with a church] to single out black and Hispanic people just shows what so many true Christians have a problem with, which is the use of the Bible as a way to promote thinly veiled racism and judgment. Shelbyville is a highly diverse community, and you are a community representative. You should uplift all races and walks of life.

  • “If we’re going to have education in Shelby County, we’re going to have to pay for it with Shelby County money.” That quote by a school board member came during a discussion of 2012/2013 finances and the continued cuts being experienced on the state and federal levels. The board members know a trend exists that revenue from outside sources decreases. They know tough decisions must be made in these tough economic times. They know our students deserve it.

  • There remains just one more week for candidates for our nonpartisan elections to file for office.

    On Tuesday we will have the slate for three districts of the Shelby County School Board and the city commissions in Simpsonville and Pleasureville.

    Is your name on one of those lists?
    We hope that some of you have emerged to offer your ideas and time to serve on these important legislative bodies. Our county is growing, the issues becoming ever more complex, and there always is a need for fresh voices in the conversations about how to handle them.

  • We love to compliment generosity. In a world too often littered with complaint and hate and costly fences around ugly air conditioners, it is, well, a breath of fresh air when someone takes a step for the greater good.

    With that in mind today we congratulate the giving spirit of Don and Greta Prather, who saw an opportunity to help the downtown Shelbyville city center project by purchasing and donating a ramshackle house on an adjacent property.

  • The article The Sentinel-News published from Raymond Broussard (“The trouble with Catholics’ cause,” My Word, July 11) reflects a serious misunderstanding of both the teaching of the Catholic Church and the impact of the Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate.