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Today's Opinions

  • Reichert: writer, chicken feeder and friend

    Walt Reichert has left his post here as the editor of The Sentinel-News to sit on a bucket and feed chickens.

    Some may call it retirement, but Walt would say it's a promotion - a reward for his many years as a teacher, writer and journalist.

    Enjoy it, sir. You've earned it.

    When I came to work here at the paper over four years ago, Walt was already dreaming of the day that he could forsake the daily grind and spend more time tending to the chickens, ducks, cows, and vegetables on his hobby farm near Simpsonville.

  • A special event

    As the grandmother of three granddaughters, Cayla and Caty Hawkins and Devan Brooks, who have or are now playing volleyball for Shelby County, I can say I never enjoyed a volleyball game as much as I did on Aug. 21.

    First was the great response to wearing pink shirts for the Volley for the Cure for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Even the Anderson County volleyball team had pink ribbons in their hair.

    Secondly, was the beautiful voice of George Cottrell singing our National Anthem.

  • A great life skill

    I wanted to take this time to applaud the accomplishments of the faculty, staff, students, parents and PTO members in our community.

    Recently at Painted Stone Elementary School, a new initiative was launched. "Pennies for Pride" offers students the opportunity to collect money to donate each month to charity. Last month the money went to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help those in our community and state living with certain blood cancers.

  • Down the yellow brick road

    Regarding letters in the August 13 Sentinel-News entitled, "Thanks Mitch" and "Misleading Ad."

    Reading these two opinions is like following Dorothy down the "yellow brick road." Surely these two authors do not expect anyone to seriously buy this "hoopla."

  • Vehicle of the future?

    This morning as usual I took my first cup of coffee to the front porch and settled down for my wake up time. After I had gained possession of the wicker chair, my attention was called to an amazing sight.

    Across the road my neighbor floated across his pasture, appearing to dance with the sound of the wind blowing through the trees. He was turning, quietly moving forward, turning again. I was mystified.

  • Political choices - Let the games begin

    Now we have a field of two front-runners: John McCain and Barack Obama. They are both fine men, I'm sure. I am at a loss; however, regarding how to choose the next president of the United States. I am assured by each competing party that their choice is the better choice. Since I cannot choose both, I am left with comparative shopping. These are some of my observations to help us make informed decisions.

  • Bigfoot in the news

    Remember the story of the little shepherd boy who cried "wolf"?

    The rotten kid made the announcement repeatedly just to stir up the villagers, even though the sheep were fine. Then one day a wolf actually came. When the boy cried out for help, the villagers thought he was full of it and ignored him.

  • Don't trash roads

    I am a resident of Shelby County and realize what a privilege it is to be able to enjoy the beauty of our county. I want to express my disappointment in people that show their ignorance and laziness in how they treat the beauty of the county.

    I don't know who the people are, but it's obvious they are ignorant and don't know the importance of keeping the environment clean for the present and future generations. Dumping and littering items on our land and waterways will have long-term consequences.