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Opinion

  • Someone asked me the other day why I decided to become a crime reporter.

    "Don't you get tired of all that gruesome stuff?" she asked.

    Well, I didn't really choose the crime beat. But since I didn't fall apart at the sight of blood, dead bodies and gory accident scenes, my reputation as a good criminal reporter began to grow, and I began to develop a somewhat thicker skin.

    Although I have worked in a small town, I was born and raised in Lexington and am a graduate of the University of Kentucky.

  • On March 6, the Paycheck Fairness Act was re-introduced in the 110th Congress by Senator Clinton (D-NY) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, women continue to receive unequal pay for the same work; on average women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man.

  • Since 1917 the American Red Cross has been a presence in Shelby County. From the very first meeting of local leaders, volunteers have been the driving force behind the American Red Cross.

    Ninety-one years later we are still here thanks to the generosity of our volunteers.

  • I'm assuming that most of the people reading this have heard about the vicious beating of Lakeland, Florida 16-year-old, Victoria Lindsay by six girls (ages 14 through 17) with two males (one teen and one "adult" of 18) as guards outside the house in which the beating occurred and was video taped. The court has ruled to charge these miscreants as adults, and I agree wholeheartedly.

  • Editor's note: There are at least 10 spelling mistakes in this article.

    If it were not for the spell check function on my computer, I would have been fired from this newspaper a long time ago. As a writer, one would assume that spelling is a strong suit for me: Well, that's just not ture.

    As a product of this technological age, I have been writing papers for school and letters to friends on a computer since I was in middle school.

  • April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and encourage individuals and communities to support children and families.

    We are advised that any person who knows or has reasonable cause to believe that a child is abused or neglected shall immediately make an oral or written report to the cabinet (for Families and Children), law enforcement agency or a county attorney.

  • On March 12 there was an article printed regarding a woman being assaulted on I-64. The story read that it required two deputies to pull off a man who was beating a woman in a snow covered ditch.

    Apparently the man gave the deputies a hard time, to the point he had to be tased to bring him under control. First of all, I applaud the Shelby County Sheriff's Department and our police department for the difficult task they perform every day.

  • Here we are in the thick of April. We don't know if we should break out the warm weather clothes or cover up the flowers in front of the house. That's April. Unpredictable. Snow? Heat? Wind? It could all happen within the same week.

    April is full of notable days. April Fool's Day to start. No one has told me my shoe is untied since junior high. Well, maybe high school. And it gets better. April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. April 7, No Housework Day. Just one day for this? It ought to be at least a month-long observance!

  • There's a reason why the popularity of boxing is on the decline.

    It's the same reason why mixed martial arts (MMA) organizations have shot into the forefront as the premiere fight sport.

    The success of each lies in its marketability.

    The boxing fan base was healthier when there were fighters people cared about competing in fights that meant something.

  • The Wall Street Journal has on many occasions been critical of a Farm Bill that has any safety net for the farmer.

    Thursday, March 27, they had a front page story questioning the need for a safety net in the 2008 Farm Bill. Asking why when farmers are enjoying record prices, record earnings they need a safety net. Why the need for 10 billion over 10 years. Not 10 billion in one year.

  • Having just finished reading the Op-Ed column in the March 26, 2008 edition of The Sentinel News, I feel compelled to answer the letter, "Bush is to Blame."

    I must hand it to Ms. Packard, she can spew out more inaccuracies, hate expletives and pure left wing trash than any on-line blogger I have experienced.

  • While Congress and President Bush recently completed work on an economic stimulus package for America, farm interests have been pushing for another type of economic boost known as "the farm bill."

    Sometimes mischaracterized as a subsidy program for large-scale corporate farms, the nation's farm policy actually goes a long way toward providing a sense of economic stability in rural communities. And it does so with a broad reach.

  • Did you see Earth Day at the new Orchard Park this past Saturday?

    Wait... film at eleven!

    Hundreds of Shelby County residents attend the annual Chamber Showcase!

    Tune in to see more tonight!

    Funny, those events didn't seem to make the evening broadcast news.

    But, let a local restaurant have a case of food poisoning and it's virtually a national television media event.

  • It is a sad commentary on society when common criminals are elevated to celebrity status by virtue of their infamy, while heroes remain unsung.

    Police officers are true heroes and heroines of our still-mean streets across this nation. Those special persons who care enough to serve and protect do so at tremendous costs - both physical and emotional.

  • Social skills are important. One social skill that most people over the age of four have mastered is keeping their clothes on in public. Unfortunately, state lawmakers seem to be struggling with this idea. It's not that legislators have been convening in Frankfort in the buff, but they've got nothing to hide behind when it comes to passing a statewide public decency law.

  • It's tournament time again and everyone is excited about their team. College basketball is a big favorite everywhere in this country, but I think most of all here in Kentucky. So as you know the team that gets a great run, makes no mistakes, and really wants it bad enough will receive the ultimate prize at the end, The National Championship.

  • What turned out to be one of the worst days of my life lead me to discover some awesome services available here in Shelby County. I would like to share this knowledge so that other people will know about this as well.

  • In reading "It's In The Bible" written by Betsy Packard, I was compelled to respond to her message. As a Christian I would like to apologize to Ms. Packard because the church and people who proclaim to be Christians have let her down somewhere along the line in order for her to feel the way she does.

    For too long now the so-called Christian church has labeled people, judged people and turned people away from Christianity and therefore, the Bible, also.

  • After two months of watching the legislative process take place in Frankfort, I have become rather envious of my law-making counterparts.

    While we sit around here and complain about how things should be better, the men and women in the state legislature are actually able to do something about it. Well, that is, in theory at least.

  • The editorial on CATS testing (in the March 12 Sentinel-News) is 100 percent on tract. My grandson is a early out senior from Shelby Co. He tells the same story. Teachers can't teach anything but the test.

    I talked for some time last night to Allen Stewart, one of the best

    teachers Shelby County ever had, retired before he wanted to because

    after CATS he could not teach as he knew he should.

    The CATS scores may be going up but from what I understand ACT test

    scores are going down. If we are graduating kids from high school