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Opinion

  • 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.

  • I am part of the Sandwich Generation, caught between caring for my children, caring for my parents and caring for myself.

    My children need lots of attention. One college kid cannot keep enough pocket change to support his habit for Little Debbie Fudge Rounds. The high schooler wants a ride to the mall. And a middle schooler needs crickets for his lizard. It is quite a bit of running. But I do it gladly. Well, sort of.

  • July 24 2007 we lost our home, most of our belongings and some sanity to a fire but didn't lose each other, which is what counts the most.

    We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Bagdad Fire Protection District, Shelby County Fire Department, Pleasureville Fire Department and the Red Cross. Without the quick response of the fire departments, we would not have been able to salvage anything. The firefighters were able to save some of our pictures that were valuable to us.

  • The problems that we are facing in this country are not from global warming but rather are a result of rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ in our country, no matter what the enemies of Christianity say.

    The word of God (the Bible) says in II Chronicles 7:14 "If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land. That's Old Testament but it still applies today.

  • I would like to encourage everyone in Shelby County to contact our senators, McConnell and Bunning, asking them to oppose approving this idiotic National Animal Identification System (NAIS).

    Section 10305 of the Farm Bill implies approval of the USDA's NAIS, which has never been approved or debated by either branch of Congress, and few of our senators or representatives know the details of the program or if they know of it, they don't really understand it!

  • In my time here at the paper, I have been on hand to watch local police officers track down burglars and escaped convicts, make drug busts, and chase down criminals through dark alleys - all right here in the streets of Shelby County.

    At one time I had thought of the community as just a sleepy little town with a fetish for fancy horses. But now after being a part of the community for some time and weekly reading the police reports, I am convinced that drugs likely bring into the community as much money as Saddlebreds.

  • You would think I would learn.

    Everyday for the past two weeks, I've walked out the door on my way to work only to encounter a face full of spider web.

    I am not afraid of spiders, but there is a serious ick factor in the thought of one of the eight-legged beasts crawling in my hair or down the back of my neck or of wearing a hair net of spider web to the office.