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Opinion

  • 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

    Shelbyville

    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.

  • A matter of time

    It’s just a matter of time you know

    Til your joints begin to creak,

    And you have to work much harder

    For that youthful look you seek.

    Yes, once you were so slender,

    Now those clothes no longer fit.

    You exercise with vigor

    But your body wants to quit.

    It’s just a matter of time you know

    Til your skin begins to sag.

    Wrinkles soon will find your face

    And your energy seems to lag.

  • Mary Ellis, one of the last surviving female pilots from World War II, died on July 25 at age 101.

    A member of Great Britain’s Royal Air Force, Ellis delivered fighter planes and bombers from factories to air bases.  She is estimated to have flown more than 1,000 Spitfires, Hurricanes, Lancaster bombers and other aircraft during the war.

    These were, however, no simple deliveries. Ellis faced constant danger, including German fighters and friendly fire. She also once suffered a crash landing when her Spitfire’s landing gear jammed.

  • Do you know how to tell the difference between a fairy tale and a lie? A fairy tale starts out, “Once upon a time…” and a lie starts out, “This is the truth, no BS…”

  • The Shelbyville Horse Show is our county’s marquee event, and not just for our equine friends.

    The dinners, the dresses, the hats – we pull out all the stops.

    Opening night brings out the dignitaries and politicians, all eager to shake hands and meet their constituents.

    Families bustle through, eager to see friends and watch the horses. We’re all back from summer vacations, full of tales from the road and fresh tans.

  • Guns, NRA not to blame

    The letter by Becky Simpson (“How do we stop these senseless deaths” on page A4 of the Feb. 28 issue of The Sentinel-News) contains 15 questions, some of which I can answer.

  • Here we are, right smack dab in the middle of National Sunshine Week, and the Kentucky Legislature is as cloudy as the weather.
    Sunshine Week, March 11-17, celebrates transparency in government and promotes Sunshine Laws in place so citizens can know what their government is doing by highlighting the importance of open records, meetings and freedom of information.
    The same day the Kentucky House of Representatives recognized House Resolution 220, in honor of Sunshine Week, House Bill 200 was received in the Senate Committee of Appropriations and Revenue.

  • In Oct. 2010, The Sentinel-News published my letter entitled “GOP Surges Past 10,000.” To summarize, I provided a brief history of the demographics of both population and voter registration of Shelby County since 1982.

    I also predicted “it’s not unreasonable to envision the two parties flipping before the end of this decade.” That flip from Democrat to Republican majority in Shelby County will occur in 2018.