• 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.


    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.

  • 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.