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Today's Opinions

  • WHAT WE THINK: It's time for community to address heroin

    For the past several months a small Southern Indiana community has been a part of the national news because of an HIV epidemic.

    Scott County, Ind., has a little more than half the population of Shelby County, and Scottsburg, the county seat, is a little less than half the size of Shelbyville.

    In Scott County the leading issue has been Opana, an opiod used for severe pain.

    Users will melt the pills to shoot up for a quicker, more intense high.

  • WHAT WE THINK: It's time for community to address heroin

    For the past several months a small Southern Indiana community has been a part of the national news because of an HIV epidemic.

    Scott County, Ind., has a little more than half the population of Shelby County, and Scottsburg, the county seat, is a little less than half the size of Shelbyville.

    In Scott County the leading issue has been Opana, an opiod used for severe pain.

    Users will melt the pills to shoot up for a quicker, more intense high.

  • MY WORD: The problems behind political correctness

    Political correctness has taken several big hits lately, and it’s about time.

    Those who pursue this ideology thrive on intimidation, which frequently causes its victims to surrender because they adopt a “go along to get along” attitude.

    Some of the “buzz words” that infect the political correctness approach include identity, gender-neutral, diverse, inclusive, workplace harassment, dead white males, racism, sexism, privileged, hate speech, prayer in schools, affirmative action, respecting our differences and much more.

  • Letters to the Editor, Feb. 10, 2016

    Charter schools hurt public education

    Dear Editor:

    It never ceases to amaze me the silly bills some legislatures want to get passed with false information.

    Take the one about starting charter schools. You cannot improve education by taking money out of a system to start a new system. This will just weaken the current system more.

    Privatizing schools in other states has not worked. It’s true some schools are not up to par but that could be corrected by putting more money into the school system.

  • Letters to the Editor, Feb. 10, 2016

    Charter schools hurt public education

    Dear Editor:

    It never ceases to amaze me the silly bills some legislatures want to get passed with false information.

    Take the one about starting charter schools. You cannot improve education by taking money out of a system to start a new system. This will just weaken the current system more.

    Privatizing schools in other states has not worked. It’s true some schools are not up to par but that could be corrected by putting more money into the school system.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Simpsonville gearing up for Internet expansion

    While the Simpsonville City Commission handles the day-to-day issues of the city, it’s shown time and time again that it has at least one eye focused squarely on the future.

    And that has never been more evident than at Thursday’s meeting.

    City commissioners, Mayor Steve Eden and staff discussed the budget, salt for the roads for this week’s winter weather, road projects and hiring an attorney to help with the possible addition of a high speed Internet franchise agreement.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Simpsonville gearing up for Internet expansion

    While the Simpsonville City Commission handles the day-to-day issues of the city, it’s shown time and time again that it has at least one eye focused squarely on the future.

    And that has never been more evident than at Thursday’s meeting.

    City commissioners, Mayor Steve Eden and staff discussed the budget, salt for the roads for this week’s winter weather, road projects and hiring an attorney to help with the possible addition of a high speed Internet franchise agreement.

  • Letters to the Editor, Feb. 3, 2016

    Helping the city’s premier event

    After reading the Wednesday, Jan. 20 editorial “What We Think: Dividing up the tourism tax so we all get a bite” in The Sentinel-Newsregarding the use of the tourism taxes, please consider helping with the expenses of the one event that showcases all of Shelbyville and Shelby County –The Shelbyville Horse Show.

    This show is supported by the community, but never breaks even with the expenses.