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Editorials

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Good home sales reports in 2013

    It’s starting to appear that a “for sale” sign in front of property in Shelby County is not a bad billboard.

    A rising, continuing trend of home sales – some new homes among them – and a decline in foreclosures in 2013 and economic growth plans in place have real estate-brokers and administrators crowing about the possibility of the next few years.

    One even said we are nearing a “seller’s market,” a term not uttered in honest conversation since 2007 or so, depending on where you live.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Parks program’s public input concept

    We think the idea of a pair of public forums conducted by Shelby County Parks & Recreation is a winner.

    Parks officials announced that there would be public input sessions tonight and Feb. 5 in the Waldridge Center at Clear Creek Park.

    Parks Director Shawn Pickens said that all activities are open for discussion, that any idea can be considered, for the way current or proposed atheltic programs may be created and operated.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Now is time Shelby should dip from moist to wet

    We have taken the position that Shelby County’s status for the sale of beer and alcohol should change from “moist” to “wet,” which means that licenses could be granted for businesses outside the city limits of Shelbyville – a situation that routinely has caused much consternation because of stores that wanted to open in the area and perhaps because revenue was lost to other counties.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Ordinance plan for restaurant tax

    The Simpsonville City Commission this morning is scheduled to introduce first reading of an ordinance to create a restaurant tax at its eateries.

    We understand that this ordinance would be weeks away from passing and months from implementation, but we have to applaud the fact that the commission is entertaining this suggestion.

  • WHAT WE THINK: These are our goals for Shelby County in 2014

    Have you set your New Year’s resolutions? Perhaps you’ve set them and already broken them. You wouldn’t be alone.

    We have been setting our community goals for Shelby County for the coming year, and unlike resolutions that might be broken, our objective is for each of these goals to be checked off the list and summed up as accomplished during our annual accounting next December.

  • WHAT WE THINK: How Shelby County fared against 2013 goals

    Every January since 2009 The Sentinel-News has established a blueprint for the coming year to help focus on ideas, concepts and circumstances that deserve – or require – our attention.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Shelby County has many holiday angels

    On Christmas Eve we celebrate the gifts of our community, of the goodness, love and spirit that we spread among ourselves each holiday season.

    There is much good among Shelby Countians throughout the year, to be sure, but so many step forward each Christmas season to do as much as is humanly possible for the most innocent and needy among us, to reach deep, to take the extra step, to endeavor to serve in the true essences of the both the secular and non-secular spirits of the day.

  • WHAT WE THINK: The Christmas story is our eternal lesson

    In our annual pause to celebrate love and giving, we believe it is important that everyone remember the story that changed mankind.

    Luke 2

    1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.

    2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

    3 All went to their own towns to be registered.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Collins' cheerleaders deserve an answer

    The uniforms hadn’t been washed from Collins High School’s wonderful weekend of state football success before members of another team from the school were filling social media with complaints about not being able to compete for a national championship in their sport.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Our holiday wish list includes more candidates

    Dear Santa:
    We have a special request we want to whisper in your ear this holiday, and this is a gift you really don’t have to deliver until next year.

    Please, Dear Santa, send us some candidates for public office.

    We were making a list and checking it twice, and, although we sometimes know who is naughty or nice, we didn’t find many new names of people who have filed to run for public office next year.