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Today's Opinions

  • WHAT WE THINK: We hope other police agencies can follow Simpsonville

    Our county’s smallest police department is leading the way in safety.

    For more than a year now the Simpsonville Police Department has outfitted its officers with body cameras, providing a safety measure that not only helps protect the public, but the officers, as well.

    While they do come with a bit of a Big-Brother-is-watching feeling, having each interaction with an officer recorded is something that should make us all feel safer – on both sides of the badge.

  • WHAT WE THINK: We hope other police agencies can follow Simpsonville

    Our county’s smallest police department is leading the way in safety.

    For more than a year now the Simpsonville Police Department has outfitted its officers with body cameras, providing a safety measure that not only helps protect the public, but the officers, as well.

    While they do come with a bit of a Big-Brother-is-watching feeling, having each interaction with an officer recorded is something that should make us all feel safer – on both sides of the badge.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Simpsonville, state for effort to get light at Todds Point

    While it was reportedly approved months ago, pardon us if we were cautiously optimistic about the state approving a stoplight for Todds Point Road and U.S. 60 in Simpsonville.

    But now, with an end in sight at the end of this month, we are pleased to see that with the downtown streetscape renovations in Simpsonville we will also see a safer passage for cars turning onto U.S. 60 and pedestrians traversing those new sidewalks in the area.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Simpsonville, state for effort to get light at Todds Point

    While it was reportedly approved months ago, pardon us if we were cautiously optimistic about the state approving a stoplight for Todds Point Road and U.S. 60 in Simpsonville.

    But now, with an end in sight at the end of this month, we are pleased to see that with the downtown streetscape renovations in Simpsonville we will also see a safer passage for cars turning onto U.S. 60 and pedestrians traversing those new sidewalks in the area.

  • MY WORD: A lifetime of learning

    To the Community of Shelbyville:

    I am Noemi Mauro, exchange student from Italy, and I have been living here for the last 10 months. It is almost time for me to go back but before doing so I would like to take this opportunity to share how thankful I am for my time here. Shelbyville is a community that has a lot to give, and I have had the joy and pleasure to receive it.

  • MY WORD: A restaurant tax could benefit our parks system

    I write this letter wearing two hats, one as the Director of Parks and Recreation and another as a citizen of Shelby County.

    As the topic of a restaurant tax has arisen, I have heard different points of view in favor of the restaurant tax and points of view against it. I may not have all the exact details or know how it will affect everyone, but I do support the restaurant tax for many reasons.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: The life of Blake Hundley

    On May 15 our community lost one of its most inspiring voices.

    Just 9-years-old, Blake Hundley had touched more lives than most of us much, much older.

    Diagnosed with brain cancer when he was only 6, Hundley stood strong and proudly defeated the disease … twice, even getting back on the field with his youth baseball team for a time.

    We all watched, admired and learned as someone so young fought with the guile of a much older person.

    Hundley showed us all that we can continue to strive and to live with faith in others as we battle.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: The life of Blake Hundley

    On May 15 our community lost one of its most inspiring voices.

    Just 9-years-old, Blake Hundley had touched more lives than most of us much, much older.

    Diagnosed with brain cancer when he was only 6, Hundley stood strong and proudly defeated the disease … twice, even getting back on the field with his youth baseball team for a time.

    We all watched, admired and learned as someone so young fought with the guile of a much older person.

    Hundley showed us all that we can continue to strive and to live with faith in others as we battle.