http://www.sentinelnews.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en WHAT WE THINK: Sunday sales needed to help serve distilleries http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/what-we-think-sunday-sales-needed-help-serve-distilleries <p> If the Shelbyville City Council has the opportunity to help a local business succeed and no other businesses or individuals would be harmed or displaced because of it, should it not take that option?</p> <p> That obvious answer to that question is yes, especially when they annexed and helped put laws in place for that business so it could get started.</p> <p> But the council seems to have mixed feelings on helping Jeptha Creed Distillery be able to reach its full potential.</p> WHAT WE THINK: Sunday sales needed to help serve distilleries http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/what-we-think-sunday-sales-needed-help-serve-distilleries <p> If the Shelbyville City Council has the opportunity to help a local business succeed and no other businesses or individuals would be harmed or displaced because of it, should it not take that option?</p> <p> That obvious answer to that question is yes, especially when they annexed and helped put laws in place for that business so it could get started.</p> <p> But the council seems to have mixed feelings on helping Jeptha Creed Distillery be able to reach its full potential.</p> Remembering the meaning in Christmas http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/remembering-meaning-christmas <p> &nbsp;I find myself in a bit of Christmas quandary this week.</p> <p> See, the plan in our house this year was to try to instill the Christmas spirit in our 7-year-old son.</p> <p> And I don&rsquo;t mean a big tree &ndash; we&rsquo;ve covered that &ndash; more lights and few extra trips to see Santa.</p> <p> No, we have that part covered.</p> <p> Our kids love Christmas, and they could not be more excited for it to get here. If I&rsquo;ve heard &ldquo;I wish today was Christmas morning!&rdquo; once, I&rsquo;ve heard it 50 times.</p> Remembering the meaning in Christmas http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/remembering-meaning-christmas <p> &nbsp;I find myself in a bit of Christmas quandary this week.</p> <p> See, the plan in our house this year was to try to instill the Christmas spirit in our 7-year-old son.</p> <p> And I don&rsquo;t mean a big tree &ndash; we&rsquo;ve covered that &ndash; more lights and few extra trips to see Santa.</p> <p> No, we have that part covered.</p> <p> Our kids love Christmas, and they could not be more excited for it to get here. If I&rsquo;ve heard &ldquo;I wish today was Christmas morning!&rdquo; once, I&rsquo;ve heard it 50 times.</p> WHAT WE THINK: For holiday cheer, try just being polite http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/what-we-think-holiday-cheer-try-just-being-polite <p> Over the last several decades Black Friday has been known to bring out the worst in people.</p> <p> We&rsquo;ve all seen it &ndash; shoppers trampled, pushed, shoved, cursed at and fighting over a cheap TV or the must-have holiday toy of the season.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s the saddest display of what a consumer driven society can do to people.</p> <p> And while shoppers can be difficult to deal with throughout the holiday season, one troubling trend we&rsquo;ve seen across the commonwealth, and even nationwide, is the rudeness going both ways.</p> WHAT WE THINK: For holiday cheer, try just being polite http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/what-we-think-holiday-cheer-try-just-being-polite <p> Over the last several decades Black Friday has been known to bring out the worst in people.</p> <p> We&rsquo;ve all seen it &ndash; shoppers trampled, pushed, shoved, cursed at and fighting over a cheap TV or the must-have holiday toy of the season.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s the saddest display of what a consumer driven society can do to people.</p> <p> And while shoppers can be difficult to deal with throughout the holiday season, one troubling trend we&rsquo;ve seen across the commonwealth, and even nationwide, is the rudeness going both ways.</p> A big, heavy, start to the holidays http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/big-heavy-start-holidays <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/opnmartincolumn.jpg" alt="After a slow, traffic clogging drive home, the monster tree is ready to be hefted into the house." title="After a slow, traffic clogging drive home, the monster tree is ready to be hefted into the house." align="left" hspace="6" width="65" height="85" /><p> Saturday was a big day &ndash; and not just because of the instant classic that the universities of Kentucky and Louisville turned in on the football field &ndash; it was the day the Martin clan decided to go out and get the season&rsquo;s Christmas tree.</p> <p> I love Christmas &ndash; the tree, decorating, the lights, everything and especially with young children.</p> A big, heavy, start to the holidays http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/big-heavy-start-holidays <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/opnmartincolumn.jpg" alt="After a slow, traffic clogging drive home, the monster tree is ready to be hefted into the house." title="After a slow, traffic clogging drive home, the monster tree is ready to be hefted into the house." align="left" hspace="6" width="65" height="85" /><p> Saturday was a big day &ndash; and not just because of the instant classic that the universities of Kentucky and Louisville turned in on the football field &ndash; it was the day the Martin clan decided to go out and get the season&rsquo;s Christmas tree.</p> <p> I love Christmas &ndash; the tree, decorating, the lights, everything and especially with young children.</p>