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Opinion

  • This is one of those "By-the-time-you-read-this" columns. I don't usually find much need to write those; however, these are By-the-time-you-read-this times we are living in.

    By the time you read this, we will know who has won the Kentucky primaries. I will have voted and had my say in the good old American process.

  • I serve as the project manager for the Shelby County Historical Society's project to identify and preserve the site of the Simpsonville Slaughter. This is the incident in which about 26 men of Co. E of the Fifth U.S. Colored Cavalry lost their lives in a skirmish with Confederate guerrillas near Simpsonville on January 25, 1865.

  • The unexpected loss of Tim McClure over the weekend was not only a blow to his family and friends, it was a hit to the lovers of plants, trees and gardens in the county and across the state.

    Tim trained dozens of Master Gardeners in the county while Extension agent for horticulture. Tim was the kind of guy who could work from his books and behind his desk, then go out in the field and show how it's done.

  • I've been a poker nut for about five years now. So when I was offered a paid internship, housing included, to go to Las Vegas for a month and a half to cover the World Series of Poker for Card Player Magazine, I had to sit down and talk about the opportunity with the Sentinel-News, and more importantly, my wife.

    My flight leaves May 28.

  • Not long ago, we had a guy call with a complaint about something he wanted to get in (or kept out, I can't remember which) the newspaper. That happens often, but the reason he cited for his demand was a little unusual: "I pay taxes too," he said.

  • Former vice president, AL Gore, in his book "An Inconvenient Truth", tells us about the causes and effects of global warming and what we can do about it.

    The number-1 cause of global warming being industrial pollution and the number-2 cause being auto emissions.

  • After my last letter was printed regarding my disappointment concerning local dentists failing to show me any concern and work with me on a payment plan for a filling I received a couple of calls from folks in the Shelbyville area.

  • 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.