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Opinion

  • Thank you, Walt Reichert, for your well done and insightful editorial in last week's paper on the proposed National Animal Identification System (NAIS). A rich agricultural community like Shelby County is very fortunate to have someone who knows agricultural issues on staff at their local paper. Having read a number of Walt's pieces it is obvious he has a comprehensive knowledge of agricultural from the farm gate to the Washington policy makers.

  • This time of year we ache with nostalgia for all things we remember as old and perfect. We wish for a warm wood-burning stove, walking through the snow to get a real Christmas tree and opening presents with an enormous extended family.

  • With only a few weeks until Christmas it seems everyone is searching for the perfect gifts for our loved ones. There are few greater feelings than giving a loved one something you know they will cherish. But I want to remind each of you of the greatest gift you could ever give anyone, and it doesn't come in a pretty box with a bow. It is "the gift of life."

  • Once again the selling season for the Shelby County Farmers' Market has come to a close. This was a difficult growing season for all due to a variety of adverse conditions. I am proud of all of our vendors for the determination to bring all of our market customers' fresh fruits and vegetables throughout a challenging season.

  • With regards to Mr. Henniger's comments regarding letters from folks who don't live in Simpsonville, I hope that he never needs the communty's assistance. We will all be too busy minding our own business.

    Shaun York

    Shelbyville, KY

  • In a Letter to the editor in the Henry County Local of November 14, Ferenc Vegh said his mother "asked the Airport Authority Board chair, Mr. Westbrook, how can a board appointed by Oldham County Fiscal Court, have jurisdiction (for eminent domain purposes) in another county. His answer to her was 'Because we can.'" (Henry County Local, Nov. 14, 2007)

  • My wife has never said a curse word. I'm serious. Never. She may have read one out loud from a book or spelled one out when referencing something that someone else said, but to this day she has never employed any of the infamous four-letter phrases in her everyday speech.

    When she stubs her toe, she says "Oh Fudge."

    When she gets flustered - "Jeez Lewis."

    And on a few occasions when she's been really upset I've heard her say, "Golly golly gumdrops." But I think she was mostly kidding with that one.

  • Last year, the citizens of Shelby County were approached from a group of people about the possibility of forming an Airport Authority Board to check into the possibility of locating a regional airport in Shelby County. It does not matter if you were for or against it, I believe all can agree it was presented to the people and the citizen's spoke-there was not enough support for such an endeavor.

  • Shelby community columns

    The Sentinel-News is happy to have three community correspondents. In case you have not noticed, we have added an "In Your Backyard" column written by three different people in the community. As a way of recognizing them for the wonderful start we have had this fall, I want to introduce them personally to readers.

    Michelle Bray is our Waddy correspondent. She is the young whippersnapper of the group. She attended Morehead State University and now lives in Waddy.

  • Regarding "Fed up with Revisionist History" in the November 14 issue of the Sentinel-News.

    Whether the inhabitants of Jamestown practiced a perverted life style or not is certainly not relative to my objection to this letter. Men and women have been involved in this since the ancient times as history will tell you. That does not make it right and Christian Biblical scripture calls it an "abomination."

  • It was great to read in the Louisville Courier-Journal that our State Rep. Brad Montell has taken an interest in the science of global warming. Unfortunately, the "science" came from Viscount Christopher Monckton of Brenchley.

  • Regarding "Fed up with Revisionist History" in the November 14 issue of the Sentinel-News.

    Whether the inhabitants of Jamestown practiced a perverted life style or not is certainly not relative to my objection to this letter. Men and women have been involved in this since the ancient times as history will tell you. That does not make it right and Christian Biblical scripture calls it an "abomination."

  • Hats off to Monica Froedge! Maybe those that chose to start school so early should have to ride the bus as the first one on, last one off for the full month.

    Think about it, they sit in air-conditioning most of the day then to their air-conditioned cars and then home. We even had warnings to keep our pets in some of August. Are our kids not as important?

    Cathy Hemmelman,

    Simpsonville

  • I am sure many of you are frustrated with our website. We have been "under construction" now for two months and it seems like we are moving very slowly. It is getting better...I promise!

    The task has been daunting. We are changing our provider companies, implementing new corporate-designed programs and changing the way we gather, write, store and disseminate information for you.

    The Sentinel-News and our corporate leaders are addressing a new way of communicating, not just producing a pretty web site.

  • It could almost be time for some truth in spending.

    On Nov. 6 a Republican senator sent TV Evangelists Kenneth and Gloria Copeland a set of written questions about how they spend their money.

    As church leaders, they pay no taxes but are supposed to put some of the money they receive back into serving the public welfare.

    Sen. Chuck Grassley, head of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, decided the Copelands' flights to Hawaii and Fiji just might not really qualify as legitimate business trips.

  • You may have read the article in the paper about an annexation request from Redline Properties, a subsidiary of Interstate Equipment Sales and Rental for a property on Veechdale Road.

    While the article was accurately reported, it could not do justice to the real Story, the appalling good-old-boy politics in Simpsonville. Let's take a look at the situation.

  • On Dec. 11, voters in precinct A102 near Finchville will decide if a Lexington-based winery can put down roots on 17 acres in Shelby County.

    Promoters of the winery, which will be located on Gordon Lane across from Breighton Industrial Park, report it will feature a tasting room, a walking trail, a lake, 5-acres of grapes, an art gallery and a reception area.

    County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger and Magistrate Mike Whitehouse support the winery as a way to increase tourism and economic development in the county, and they're right to do so.

  • Why are Vicky Wise, Scott McDowell, Dottie Shelburne, Cary Vowels (Simpsonville city commissioners) and Mayor Steve Eden so eager to annex seven acres on Veechdale Road at the request of a heavy equipment sales and service industry, which had just been denied a zoning request for that very property?

    Why the quick and secret first reading on this matter? Why the hasty vote for the second reading scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 - Thanksgiving week?

  • Please help me inform the citizens of your state of the deadly effects of radon gas. Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, and for persons who have ever smoked chances are much greater of developing lung cancer if exposed to high levels of radon gas over a period of years.

  • Over the last several months, Kentuckians have heard hundreds of commercials from the candidates for governor promising to cure the rising cost of health care, restore good relations in the legislature, balance the budget without raising taxes all the while adding dozens of new programs, and fix a cold, rainy day.

    That is a wonderful to-do list for the governor and the General Assembly over the next four years. But what we really need is a double-fisted approach to fighting crime and the drug problem that underlies most of it.