• WHAT WE THINK: SCPS made sound decision to attend sessions, not stop school

    As educators descend on Frankfort again this week to fight for their pension rights, we’re proud that Shelby County Public Schools has a presence among our legislators.

    We’re also proud that SCPS found a way to help teachers and administrators have their voices heard while our students continued to get the education they deserve.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Nichols family shows us how important it is to give back

    The Nichols family should serve as role models for us all.

    For years George Nichols III and his wife, C.J., have been giving back to Western Kentucky University and focuses on helping first-generation college students make a successful transition to college.

    For continued support the school recognized Mr. and Mrs. Nichols as the Philanthropists of the Year in December.

    The Nichols family lived in Shelbyville for 20 years, Mrs. Nichols is a native of Shelby County, and we should be proud to call them one of ours.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Hemp could be the boom farmers need

    Bourbon, basketball and horses have long held the national headlines for the state of Kentucky, but they’ll have to make room for one more soon.

    Just last week Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture the first state’s application for approval of a hemp program.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Legislators will take a look at sports gambling

    Legislators filed into Frankfort yesterday to begin what is sure to be a contentious and very busy 30-day session that should start and end with more pension talk than you’ll find at any senior center in the state.

    After the Kentucky Supreme Court struck down last year’s late fix in the sewer/pension bill because of the procedures used – or not used – and Governor Matt Bevin’s failed attempt at a special session ended in a roughly 25-hour dismissal, lawmakers will have to spend nearly every day working on a new plan.

  • GUEST EDITORIAL: Kentucky's high school diplomas must mean more

    Change is scary. I understand that. Yet we have reached the point in Kentucky’s history when change to our minimum standards for high school graduation is necessary to ensure that our children are well-prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce.

    The case for raising the bar is compelling.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Holiday gifts can be more than just what’s in the box

    Most of the lights are shining – if this weather would just ever cooperate – trees are up and stockings are hung with care, and there’s no doubt that holiday gifts are starting to stack up.

    We’ve already lived through Gray Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and, of course, Cyber Monday. Doesn’t it seem like we might be running out of days?

    But let’s stop for a second and look back over this epic run of consumerism, and think about our one special day that is tucked there in the middle.

  • GUEST EDITORIAL: Community journalism matters because communities matter

    Editor’s note: This column celebrates community journalism, like what you’ll find in the pages of The Sentinel-News, in honor of National Newspaper Week, Oct. 7-13.

    “Everything in this newspaper is important to someone.”

    It’s become something of a mantra for me, in recent years.

  • GUEST EDITORIAL: Scale of addiction is a local, global concern

    We have commented several times recently about the paradox of low labor force participation by men of prime working age despite a booming economy in which thousands of good jobs go wanting.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the overall participation rate is the lowest in 40 years. The percentage of working-age men (ages 25-54) who do not work is double what it was in the 1970s. In fact, the U.S. nonparticipation rate for this demographic is second highest in the developed world, behind only Israel.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Free the chickens in Shelbyville

    At Thursday’s Shelbyville City Council meeting resident Elizabeth Falen asked the council to reconsider an ordinance that severely limits who can have chickens within the city limits.

    In this day and age of self-sustaining lifestyles with a back-to-basics approach to life, chickens have become a favorable way for “city slickers” to institute some environmentally friendly living in their lives.

  • GUEST EDITORIAL: Tariff’s defeat a win for journalism

    Editor’s note: This editorial originally ran in the Bowling Green Daily News on Sept. 3.

    Action by the International Trade Commission on Thursday to block tariffs imposed on imported Canadian newsprint was a huge win for newspapers, other printers and their vendors — and equally importantly, a win for the flow of information to American citizens.