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Opinion

  • On Thursday the Shelby County School Board honored seven new board-certified teachers.

    We congratulate Elizabeth Bland, Clear Creek Elementary; Angela Chambers, Simpsonville Elementary; April Manning, Simpsonville Elementary; Rebekah Meredith, Painted Stone Elementary; Jenna Richardson, Simpsonville Elementary; Sarah Smith, Southside Elementary; and Anita White, Simpsonville Elementary.

  • Today you were supposed to read some pithy commentary about the new year, the past decade and one man’s 10-year graduate degree in life. You were to be enlightened, informed, entertained and inspired.

  • As the new director of tourism, I have implemented a few new ideas to market our community and get the city of Shelbyville out there. When the chance to go to England for 30 days on an all-expenses-paid trip provided by Rotary International and the Shelbyville Rotary Club I jumped at it. 

    This was the perfect occasion for me to market Shelbyville/Shelby County to a country that would normally not be in our marketing budget. This was an opportunity of a lifetime and I could not pass it up.

  •    We congratulate Shelby County’s goal of being a no-kill county for stray animals.

  • A couple of months ago my 9-year-old son brought a book about football home from the school library. It was a book about the greatest plays in the history of football, and one of the games that it highlighted was the Nov. 20, 1982, game between Stanford and the University of California.

    Many football fans already know what happened (and everyone should look it up on YouTube to watch it), but for those who don’t, I’ll recap it for you.

  • In January, The Sentinel-News established what we considered to be the community’s agenda for the year.

    We believe it’s our responsibility as the magnet for public discussion in Shelby County to assert our voices into conversations already in place.

    We aren’t the deciders but rather the lens or amplifier for what you are saying, the fulcrum to help persuade action.

  • As we promised on Dec. 29, we offer to you today our vision for the most important initiatives facing our county in 2010. Some of these concepts are under way, and others need new and continued care and feeding.

    You can expect that as the year unfolds, we will continue to offer our perspective in how well leaders and citizens are addressing these concepts and embracing their themes.

  • Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the county,

    Not a creature was stirring, lest it become a hunter’s bounty.

    The stockings may be hung, but who really cared?

    Our visions of Harley had vanished into thin air.

     

    The children were indeed all snug in their beds.

  • From one retired military officer’s perspective, here are three easy steps for the United States to lose in Afghanistan.

    Step One: Assume that the conflict in Afghanistan is its own war and not part of a larger global or world war.

    • When was the last time you heard the term Global War on Terror? We now simply deploy soldiers on “contingency operations.”

  •  A friend recently gave me a new cap as a welcome-back-to-Kentucky present.

  • For many people – and certainly for my children – Christmas is all about the presents.

    It was no different for me when I was their age. I fully remember going to bed on Christmas Eve in anxious anticipation of waking early to discover what treasures Santa had left.

  • The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville and Shelby County have a unique, symbiotic relationship. For 150 years now, the seminary has been turning out ministers, and for probably just as long, those young preachers have been practicing their sermons at many of Shelby County’s churches.

    In the Lord’s Army, these are buck privates, men studying their calling on weekdays and trying out what they learned at nights and on weekends. They stay a few years until they graduate, and then the Lord moves them in unusual ways.

  • The tragic intersection of the fates of Jason Stinson and Max Gilpin has occurred too many times on the roads traveled by coaches and players.

    Stinson, a football coach Pleasure Ridge Park High School, was doing what he knew it would take to build strength and character, and Gilpin, a young player, only was trying to have his built.

    Both of them pushed, and, sadly, one pushed too hard.

  • You learned it in grade school. You said it from time to time to time. Too bad you didn’t absorb it.

    I’m rubber, and you’re glue. What you say bounces off me and sticks to you.

    Wouldn’t it be so much better in the world if that were true for all of us, if the worrisome words we heard just bounced off and went right back to the source to be absorbed anew, carrying with them a lesson of truth and humanity for all of us?

  • Attorney General Jack Conway’s ruling last week that Triple S Planning & Zoning Commission had operated in violation of the state’s open-meetings law is a troubling revelation.

    Disputes about meetings and public notifications are routine. Journalists and special-interest groups keep watch, and they sometimes blow the whistle about whether the law is being followed.

  • Christmas is a time to see and understand heroes.

    They may stand by kettles ringing bells, bundle up against the cold to deliver food and gifts. They may work hard year around to collect nickels and dimes to buy coats for those who need them or just show up for an event and throw out cash for a good cause.

  • OK, so if you ever have known me – or even picked up on the vibes written here – you probably understand that the Christmas spirit is part of my DNA.

  •  Growing up, my family had dueling Santas with the Goldblatts across the street.

  • We were pleased to read last week that state transportation officials now believe the Shelbyville Bypass likely will be completed by Labor Day of 2010.

    We would not have believed that forecast if it had come from the project’s contractors, Kay And Kay Contracting. That company’s owner – Bill Robinson – told us in August that its work was about 80 percent complete.

  • On a cold, blowy, darkest of nights, I was awakened with a start by a presence in my room, not that of a child or a pet or even a Japanese beetle but of something the likes of which I’d never seen, sort of an eerie being that seemed to loom.

    He arrived not in Victorian bedclothes but in a work uniform with his name on his breast, his face creased with hard work and palms rough but strong, many muscles rippling in his chest.