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Opinion

  • Sometime during the past 10 years, though excavation of my mind has yet to render the moment with precision, I made the daunting and deflowering decision to try cooking.

    I’m not talking about microwaves or opening a lot of cans but of actually taking a recipe, attempting to enhance it and then serving it for the nourishment of family and friends.

    I have been judicious and timid in those efforts, but so far, no one has died, though I fear that day could come.

  • Killing more than 5 million adoptable cats and dogs in the US each year is no longer necessary or acceptable.

    So, please, take your pick – Ranger, Marmalade, Bigsby, Coreen, Sadie, Shorty, Rainbow or Oscar – just eight of the 650-plus homeless animals waiting to be adopted here in Shelby County.

  • The Shelby County City Council responded to a request from some of its citizens to limit smoking at the city’s restaurants about like we expected it would in an election year: not at all.

    A few dozen concerned citizens on both sides of the debate showed up at last Thursday’s council meeting to hear Vladi Gomelsky’s request for the city to consider following others in Kentucky and create an ordinance that would address smoking in restaurants.

  • Sometimes the public questions the activities of Triple S Planning & Zoning, saying the commission is not operating in the clear or reflecting the public’s desires.

    But, no matter whether or not you agree with those points, we believe you have to join us in offering congratulations to the board for its strong, purposeful and appropriate steps to remove a collection of unsightly automobiles from properties on the western extremes of Shelbyville.

  • Just the other day I overheard a couple of ladies discussing the growing number of Hispanics in Shelby County. They were judging the boom of this population by their increasing presence in one of our county’s most cherished landmarks. While shopping, one lady said, “There are more and more people speaking Mexican at Walmart everyday.” 

  • What are the polarizations that exist within our little community of Shelbyville?

    Of course we have three prominent groups—White, Black, and Latino—that commingle to make Shelbyville, well, Shelbyville.

  • If you have a 6-to-14-year-old girl that lives in your house, you are no doubt well aware of the popular Disney Channel show, Hannah Montana.

    For those who are not blessed with a young girl at home, allow me to enlighten you. The premise of the show is that the main character, Miley Stewart (played by actress Miley Cyrus), is a very talented singer that could make it big in the music industry.

  • The TV weathercaster gave a smile to the screen last week and warned us, “We’re about to have the snowstorm of the decade,” a comment so clever it sailed right over the heads of his fellow anchors.

  • 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.