• Those of you that know me, or even remember me from my early days at The Sentinel-News, know I love sports – especially college sports.

    Which is why this time of year is one of my favorites – ranking just behind March and April with their postseason basketball and Masters chaser.

    The weather, in theory anyway, is cooling, and football fills the TV on the weekend.

    My boys complain because all of the sudden, out of the summer doldrums, there is no time for Marvel movies or Steven Universe.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Christmas morning was a blur at our house.

    Paper was flying, toys were being played with to the sound of shrieks and gleeful delight and the dog was trying to steal someone’s new beef jerky.

    We raced from around the tree to our traditional breakfast of sausage, egg and cheese casserole and homemade cinnamon rolls and cheese Danish. And there’s no rest for weary as we moved directly to the Beyblade Arena, hooking up Alexa and all her accouterment, flying drones and more and more and more.

    It didn’t seem like we stopped.

  • Dealing with loved ones can be difficult sometimes and that only gets harder when they have a problem with drugs and alcohol.  A big part of dealing with a loved one’s addiction is getting them into treatment. But what if they are unwilling to go? Intervention is the next logical step, however what is an intervention and how you pull one off?

  • 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.

  • We need bipartisan support on climate change

    Dear Editor:

    In the President Trump administration’s Fourth National Climate Assessment Report, our Southeast Region’s chapter (https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/chapter/19/) makes it clear - from increases in temperatures, water stress, and freeze-free days, “that trends for our region show an inclination towards slightly drier summers, which could reduce productivity, and wetter fall seasons, which can make it difficult to harvest the full crop.”

  • 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.

  • Unions, including teachers, are the real bullies

    This year, the big bully on the playground was the Kentucky Education Association. They spent enormous amounts of the money they take from teachers to try to elect liberal Democrats across the state. By the way, that’s taxpayer money they wasted.

  • Like everyone in Kentucky, I have opinions on basketball.

    I’m worried about this year’s University of Kentucky team, a lot. I just don’t know if they have that ‘It’ factor. Or if they can guard anyone. Really, anyone.

    I’ve been surprised by this year’s University of Louisville team. Former coach Rick Pitino is gone, but this year’s team has that hungry look his underrated teams always had. They get after it and make teams work.

  • 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.

  • 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.