• October is Farm To School month, and here in Kentucky we have plenty of reasons to celebrate.

    Our hard-working Kentucky Department of Agriculture staff has recruited 907 schools in 77 school districts to participate in our Farm To School program. Some school districts are the largest food procurers in each county, so this program provides many benefits to Kentucky farmers and students alike.

  • Consider plant-based diets

    Dear Editor,

    I just learned that World Day for Farm Animals was Oct. 2, Gandhi’s birthday. It’s intended to memorialize the billions of animals abused and killed for food each year.

    Like many others, I always thought of farm animals as “food on the hoof.”

    But, after watching the deeply moving feature film “okja” on Netflix, I realized that a farm animal is much like our family dog, fully deserving of compassion and respect.

  • 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.

  • Civil Rights activist Marcus Garvey once said, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

    Were Garvey alive today, he would likely commend the efforts of several Kentucky communities that are allowing those roots to flourish.

    From Russellville to Lexington and points beyond, our communities are telling more diverse stories about our past, even when that history is difficult.

  • One Democrat responds to ‘Drivel and Tripe’


    Roy Smith’s Letter to the Editor in the Sept. 19 edition of The Sentinel-News [“What have Democrat’s done?”] displays an amazing amount of vitriol for someone so deeply enchanted by the current administration.

  • 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.

  • Not drinking the kool aid

    Regarding the letter to the editor in The Sentinel-News Aug. 29 edition “Fair Shake for Fairness Ordinance” [on page A4], this ordinance is useless legislation. Existing law, ordinances, and just plain common sense covers this dispute.

    If what the LGBTQ (and xyz) groups want is acceptance, that’s an element and virtue that is earned.

  • In response to the letter to the editor “You all come!” by Ken Pratt (page A4 in the Aug. 29 issue of The Sentinel-News], I was wondering what was the worth of putting such a pointless letter in The Sentinel-News?

    It’s so easy to just throw pot shots. It takes an effort to consider the other point of view and respect the person who holds it. To me “You all come!” is a perfect example of what happens when opinions become set in concrete, minds get turned off and we just set out to ridicule.

  • Starting this month, you’ll begin hearing much more about our new school accountability system and what it means for each district, school and student.

    With the implementation of any new system, especially one as big as this, there are always growing pains and questions. I would like to take a few moments to discuss Kentucky’s new accountability system, what it will mean for schools and students this academic year, and help prepare you for this transition.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • No good socialists

    The recent Letter to the Editor pertaining to “the S word,” a term I had never hear before, [“Beware of the S-word” on page A4 of the Aug. 22 edition of The Sentinel-News] was a little confusing.

    Apparently the writer was trying to say that there are good socialists and bad socialists.

  • Over a period of time at meetings of the Triple S Planning Commission, there have been two statements made that are incorrect concerning residential development in the farmland of Shelby County.

    One is that “one acre tracts on septic tanks save farmland when compared to five acre tracts.” One has only to look at other counties to see that this is not true. Oldham County has a one-acre minimum lot size on septic tanks. From 1950 through 2012, Oldham County lost 44.4 percent of its farmland.

  • A question on education

    The school system is now teaching evolution to 7th graders. Why can’t they teach about Jesus? Just asking.

    Larry Temple


    Beware of the S Word

    Tis the season for Republicans to start calling their opponents the S word.

    I’ve read several commentaries where Republicans call their opponents by the S word, one written by Sen. Mitch McConnell and one recently written in The Sentinel-News. If you parse the Senator’s commentary he focuses on the far left.

  • 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.

  • “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.

  • 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.

  • A good person

    We have a good person in Paul Hornback, our current state senator (R-Shelbyville), but I don’t think he should continue representing us.

    Sen. Hornback believes that life begins at conception therefor he doesn’t support abortion except for rape and incest. Rape and incest life also begin at conception. No one supports abortion. Some of us however think that critical life events are better left to family, medical professional and spiritual leaders not the legislators.

  • On Thursday the Shelbyville City Council once again heard a presentation recommending the city act on and adopt a Fairness Ordinance that would expand civil protections to not only LGTBQ residents but also national origin, age over 40 and marital status.

    This time, however, was different. In the past presentations have been made by somewhat outside groups.