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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: Caution is key in zoning change for recycling plant

    The Triple S Planning Commission acted with great uncertainty in its borderline OK last week for Midwest Metals to build a recycling center on Kentucky Street near Red Orchard Park.

    The concept was approved, 4-3, on Commission Chair Gil Tucker’s tiebreaking vote.

    For the record, Commissioners Scott Merchant, Jake Smith and Larry Stewart supported a zone change from light industrial to heavy industrial, and Commissioners Quintin Biagi Jr., Dudley Bottom and Ed Rudolph opposed. And we thank all of them for their care and diligence with this matter.

  • We congratulate: Another heroic act in Simpsonville

    Routine heroism must be in the job descriptions for public servants in Simpsonville.

    First there was an off-duty police officer who saved a horse from a burning barn, then there was the firefighter who interrupted his dinner with his family to sustain and save the life of a neighbor having a heart attack.

    Now we have yet another police officer – Ron DeSoto – who has rescued a stolen purse from an elderly shopper at Walmart and arrested the thief.

  • Letters to the Editor, July 27, 2011

    Field shouldn’t be tax burden

  • Letters to the Editor: July 20, 2011

    Thanks to health fair contributors

    Local physicians and planners for the 11th annual Men’s Health Fair deserve a pat on the back. On June 11, the group came together at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville to serve over 200 men from  Shelby, Henry and Spencer counties with a variety of free health screenings – screenings that have proven to save lives.

  • Are your athletes starting to specialize too much?

    I hear Jim Wiley has been around baseball since he helped Abner Doubleday lay out the field for a game among Gen. Sherman’s troops.

    That may not be true, but for certain he was playing fastpitch softball with the Shelby County Jets more than a couple of decades ago. I know, because my Granddaddy used to take me to see the Jets play.

  • NEIHOF: The whole story about the Collins turf problem

    Despite comments published in recent weeks in The Sentinel-News, Shelby County Public Schools wants the public to know it does not enter into construction contracts without close scrutiny of reputations and references. It does not accept work that is not up to expectations. It does not absorb the financial burden if a problem comes up. It does not put students and staff in an unsafe environment. 

  • What we think: Mr. Wade, CUB should find solution

    We are sad to see so many good names and reputations be dragged through the legal sludge that we fear will happen in the lawsuit by Billie Wade against his former employers, Citizens Union Bank, the holding company that owns it and several specific individuals.

    Mr. Wade departed the bank about 15 months ago after an announcement of federal and state inquiries into the bank’s lending practices, and officials said at the time he was retiring. Mr. Wade did not comment other than in a released statement.

  • We congratulate: The firefighter who saved a life

    We would be remiss if we let any more time pass and didn’t say a proper congratulations to Bobby Cravens, the firefighter from Simpsonville who in a set of incredible coincidences was available and able to save the life of his parents’ neighbors on the July 4th weekend.

    In case you missed the story, Andre Evans was having a heart attack, and his wife, Teresa, was rushing him from their home on Hunter’s Lane to get medical help when she noticed a Simpsonville Fire Department vehicle parked at a house along the way.