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Opinion

  • The interest on the national debt is about 2 percent or $340 billion, a mere drop in the bucket for our spendthrift Congress. The stock market goes up and down based on rumors about what the Fed is going to do about interest rates.

    If the rationale is that keeping interest rates low will force conservative investors away from government bids and AAA-rated corporate bonds, I then do agree. The problem is we’ve been doing this for years, plus buying back our bonds with money we do not have, and it hasn’t changed anything.

  • Have you set your New Year’s resolutions? Perhaps you’ve set them and already broken them. You wouldn’t be alone.

    We have been setting our community goals for Shelby County for the coming year, and unlike resolutions that might be broken, our objective is for each of these goals to be checked off the list and summed up as accomplished during our annual accounting next December.

  • Before daylight Monday morning, with the house cracking like my joints, the wind whirring around the corner and through the trees, I tugged snow pants over flannels, pulled on a ski mask, shrugged a heavy barn coat over my sweatshirt, wedged a pair of gardening gloves under my work gloves, yanked the garage door away from the floor to which it was frozen and headed blindly into cold that apparently was so brutal that no one should have had to face it.

    Let me say the chillingly obvious: It was colder than, well, anything you want to interject.

  • A few weeks ago, with Christmas wishes dancing through their heads, my younger children were offered an option for their primary, non-Santa holiday gift: Would they prefer a family getaway or another item off their really fairly brief lists? They quickly and loudly chose the trip, probably because they knew they still had Santa (and two sets of grandparents) as a fallback for anything really important.

  • Every January since 2009 The Sentinel-News has established a blueprint for the coming year to help focus on ideas, concepts and circumstances that deserve – or require – our attention.

  • Every January since 2009 The Sentinel-News has established a blueprint for the coming year to help focus on ideas, concepts and circumstances that deserve – or require – our attention.

  • On Christmas Eve we celebrate the gifts of our community, of the goodness, love and spirit that we spread among ourselves each holiday season.

    There is much good among Shelby Countians throughout the year, to be sure, but so many step forward each Christmas season to do as much as is humanly possible for the most innocent and needy among us, to reach deep, to take the extra step, to endeavor to serve in the true essences of the both the secular and non-secular spirits of the day.

  • With apologies to Clement Moore, we adapt our rhyme for the season and wish you a very Merry Christmas.

     

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas

    And all through the town,

    Not a creature was stirring

    The mayor had shut it down.

     

    Stockings were hung

    By the chimney with care,

    But doubtful old St. Nick

    Would dare be there.

     

    Our children were asleep,

    To the world they were dead,

    But Christmas dreams likely

  • In our annual pause to celebrate love and giving, we believe it is important that everyone remember the story that changed mankind.

    Luke 2

    1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.

    2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

    3 All went to their own towns to be registered.

  • The Leadership Shelby class visited local industrial centers as part of the comprehensive community education program. The group visited five businesses throughout the day and entertained a presentation by Ron Crouch from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

    The group began the day with presentations by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and the Shelby County Industrial & Development Foundation. Class member Stacy Tipton expressed her amazement at the breadth of the Industrial Foundation’s interaction with the community.

  • As the executive director of the Shelby County Public Library, I must clarify some of the statements made concerning the library in the What We Think editorial (“Foundation needs to tweak program,” Nov. 27).

  • According to Laffer and Associates, the fastest-growing areas in the U.S. are Raleigh, N.C., Austin, Texas, Las Vegas, Nev., Orlando, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas. All are low-tax, business friendly states. Areas such as Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo, N.Y., Providence, R.I., and Rochester, N.Y., are among the highest population losers.

  • The man was telling me about his recent afternoon of Christmas shopping. He bemoaned the parking lot at a mall, saying he had to drive around 20 minutes just to find a place and hike a long way in the frozen wind to get inside the mall. There he found the muddled masses, which brings this question: Is the very word “mall” an adaptation of “masses all?”

    He was frustrated and indignant. “I hate dealing with all of that,” he said. Or perhaps words more colorful and to the point.

  • The uniforms hadn’t been washed from Collins High School’s wonderful weekend of state football success before members of another team from the school were filling social media with complaints about not being able to compete for a national championship in their sport.

  • Dear Santa:
    We have a special request we want to whisper in your ear this holiday, and this is a gift you really don’t have to deliver until next year.

    Please, Dear Santa, send us some candidates for public office.

    We were making a list and checking it twice, and, although we sometimes know who is naughty or nice, we didn’t find many new names of people who have filed to run for public office next year.

  • What Browning Becherer and the Collins Titans accomplished on a very cold Saturday afternoon is so heartwarming that surely it could have been an episode of Friday Night Lights, a sequence from Varsity Blues and, of course, an ultimate curtain call for Remember the Titans.

    These Titans surely won’t be forgotten for a few generations, and Becherer, the walk-on hero of the production, won’t forget his day as long as he can remember.

  • A few weeks ago we examined piece by piece the structure of taxing districts in Shelby County. We endeavored to explain to you how, why and when your tax dollars are being collected and being spent.

    We looked at 16 taxing districts that draw dollars from residents of Shelby County. At least four of them – all fire districts – aren’t based in the county but remain subsidized by you.

  • Shelby County and Shelbyville are in the process of addressing state-mandated changes in their liquor sales ordinances. The Shelbyville City Council had a special called meeting on Tuesday afternoon to have a first reading on its changes, and in August Shelby County Fiscal Court hired an outside firm to help wade through what Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger termed as “substantial study and consideration.”

  • Collins High School is returning to the Class AAAA Kentucky football championship game, and we heartily commend the Titans for that accomplishment.

    Never to our knowledge has any athletic team from the county competed for back-to-back titles. Shelby County’s girls’ golf team certainly has contended in an open tournament, and Caterina and Gabby Karas have brought great individual honor by winning four consecutive state cross-country titles for Collins.

  • I’ve always been the type who likes to let the Christmas season unwrap, slowly and beautifully, like the perfectly conceived and packaged gift, whose undressing leaves us rapt in anticipation. Or maybe it’s like savoring a 7-course gourmet meal, with its full aromatic elegance to be absorbed slowly.