• 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.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Fire gets the community’s attention, quick response

    Friday we saw the best of Shelbyville and Shelby County.

    As most were starting to pack the car – or the fridge – for their Labor Day plans, the Shelbyville Fire Department rushed the scene of a raging fire on Kentucky Street.

    Not long after that the Shelby County Fire Department was there and other departments would continue to chip in – including Simpsonville and several others in standby.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Sports seasons are in full bloom

    It felt like it took forever, but the fall sports season finally got into full swing last week.

    Football got underway, volleyball rallied into play and soccer kicked off to get us into full swing.

    Cross Country will get running this weekend, and we can all finally take a breath from tending the garden, cutting grass and all the other summer activities that have kept us busy until sports came back.

    And now we’re just a few days away from college football returning, too.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Let the name calling stay in the national media

    “Enemy of the people!”

    “Opposition Party.”

    “Fake News.”

    These are just a few of the statements tossed out by President Donald Trump describing media reports of him, his counsel, and investigations surrounding him and those around him.

    Are these statements fair? Of course not.

    Are they all undeserved? Unfortunately no.

    There have been several interactions between this White House and the media that have left all of us scratching our heads – on both the left and the right.

  • GUEST EDITORIAL: Follow Danville’s lead on smoking ban

    Editor’s note: A smoking ban has been discussed in Shelbyville and Shelby County in the past but never acted upon. There are some bans in place with government and school buildings but no city or county-wide bans have been brought to a vote.

    This week marked the 10th anniversary of Danville’s smoking ban, which means employees, customers and essentially everyone in the city has been breathing healthier air for a decade.