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Opinion

  • 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

  • I read Representative Montell's legislative report in the Sentinel News. I noticed that Representative Montell left out his voting record on HB 55: booster seat legislation.

    I have voted as a Republican for nearly 20 years and I have believed that Republicans have always stood for family values. Booster seat legislation is the ultimate in protecting family values.

  • I got what I have been whining for: a blizzard. Louisville reported a bit over 10 inches in the storm we got Friday and Saturday, March 7-8.

    Friday evening I saw lightning. I thought I'd lost my mind to snow-hallucinations, but local weather bloggers confirmed thunder and lightning were part of the storm. Snow came down faster than the salt trucks could spread salt. I suppose that makes sense as far as the science of snow-salt-road ratios go. But I wanted salt, brine, everything, even kitty litter, spread out in great quantities as I went home Friday.

  • Many of this county's citizens spent weeks amending the conditional use regulations for agriculture. In January, the Board of Adjustments and Appeals threw out these rules in favor of the Louisville Cemetery. It is a slap in the face of our citizens.

    In February, Chuck Hickman rules against Triple S Planning and Zoning in favor of New Estates Farms, a development planned on the Shelby/Jefferson county line, a decision overly biased toward Jefferson County's development interests.

  • The article in the Sentinel-News on February 15, 2008, concerning the request by the Louisville Cemetery Company (a.k.a. the Louisville Cemetery Association) for a conditional use permit to put a commercial cemetery business on Eminence Pike contained very misleading statements.

  • Your recent article on the repeal of the sin tax was dead on; giving the tax already collected back to the merchants is nothing more than a windfall for them.

    It is my understanding that merchants raise the price of an item to cover a tax. Therefore, what they paid to the Revenue Cabinet was NOT out of their pocket. There is no way they can return it to the customers that actually paid it (I being one).

  • Today, when people think of American independence, they think of the fourth of July. But labeling a single day of independence is not easy.

    Most people don't look at a calendar and see March 5 as any sort of holiday, but the tragic events that occurred 238 years ago today played an important role in American history.

  • Just another cemetery. Doesn't affect me. Wanna bet!

    It does affect you! It affects your property value, your rural environment, and your Shelby County lifestyle. And here's why everyone in Shelby County should be concerned.

  • With the writer's strike finally over, the constant stream of reruns that has plagued broadcast television for the last several months will soon come to an end. And while polls have shown that TV watching has decreased by up to 40 percent due to lack of fresh material, in the weeks to come, ratings will likely return to normal as network and cable stations start pumping out a new batch of shows and storylines.

  • A worker told me recently that the road department is cutting down a very large tree about half-mile mile back on the left from U. S. 60 on Webb Road traveling North.

    I'd love think there is a valid reason for this lovely old tree to come down. It's not dead, I know. I pick up trash on Webb Road most days and when the summer temperatures reach into the 90s that tree provides the only shade I have for about half a mile. Welcome relief, I can tell you. I have come to think of that tree as a friend and it's sad to think it may be cut down.

    Connie Kuhn,

  • Women Against Gambling Expansion (WAGE) held a rally in the State Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, Feb. 19 to express the opposition of women across Kentucky to expanded gambling. Our fight is against those who want to take advantage of people in Kentucky, enticing them with the lure of easy money. Our fight begins by telling the truth and calling this a fight against expanded gambling, not gaming. Games are things like checkers or a good basketball contest. Gambling involves money with more losers than winners.

  • I haven't watched the TV show but I've seen the advertisements where a man appears to be hooked up to a lie detector machine and a game show host is asking him if he could cheat on his wife and no one would ever know, would he do it?

    Problem is, his wife and a rather large TV audience are all watching to see what his answer will be.

    Talk about being in the hotseat.

    I imagine most men would rather endure eating a plate of worms or at least swimming in less shark-infested waters.

  • The Shelby County Optimist Club would like to give thanks to those who helped with our annual Christmas dinner. Special thanks to the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, the Sentinel-News, Kroger, donations from Kentucky Tent Rental, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Masters, Mr. and Mrs Bobby Mackey, Pauline Clements, Billy Jeffries and the late Ophelia Martin.

    With the help of over 40 volunteers and Optimist members, we were able to feed over 350 people.

    Jean Glore, president

    Shelby County Optimist Club