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Today's Opinions

  • WE CELEBRATE: The life of Charles “Redd” Crabtree

    Simpsonville, Shelby County and the entire horsing community lost one of its greatest members last week.

    Charles “Redd” Crabtree left an indelible mark on the soul of Shelby County and on the Saddlebred Horse community.

  • MY WORD: Taking a look at addiction

    Let’s talk about alcohol and drug abuse. What’s that have to do with conservatism?

    One of the definitions of conservatism is cautious. My good friend the late Tom Cobb’s favorite expression was “all things in moderation.” My little chair side dictionary says moderation is another word for temperance.

    I had an uncle who was a functioning alcoholic. When he died of lung cancer –he couldn’t control his smoking either – we had to hire two people to replace him.

  • Letters to the Editor, Jan. 28, 2015

    Friends of Grove Hill give thanks

    As a new year starts to unfold, Friends of Grove Hill look back on what was an exceptional year of accomplishments thanks to the many who have supported events and causes of Grove Hill Cemetery. We are thankful for people who rolled up their sleeves and rolled out their checkbooks to make this a year of milestone achievements.

  • Letters to the Editor, Jan. 28, 2015

    Friends of Grove Hill give thanks

    As a new year starts to unfold, Friends of Grove Hill look back on what was an exceptional year of accomplishments thanks to the many who have supported events and causes of Grove Hill Cemetery. We are thankful for people who rolled up their sleeves and rolled out their checkbooks to make this a year of milestone achievements.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Peaceful gathering focuses on kindness, respect for all

    On Friday night several members of our community gathered in front of the old Shelby County Courthouse to have a candlelight vigil.

    While the topic – racism in America and recent issues of officers with unarmed young black men – was certainly on point and relevant, it’s not what we would like to focus on.

    It was the way the vigil was handled, to us, that is the most important.

    A group of like-minded individuals gathered to express their opinion of injustice on a national topic that has gripped the TV news cycle for months now.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Peaceful gathering focuses on kindness, respect for all

    On Friday night several members of our community gathered in front of the old Shelby County Courthouse to have a candlelight vigil.

    While the topic – racism in America and recent issues of officers with unarmed young black men – was certainly on point and relevant, it’s not what we would like to focus on.

    It was the way the vigil was handled, to us, that is the most important.

    A group of like-minded individuals gathered to express their opinion of injustice on a national topic that has gripped the TV news cycle for months now.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Karas continues her national ascent

    It was a little more than one month ago that we congratulated Gabby Karas for her fourth consecutive cross country state title.

    The Collins sophomore burst on to the scene as a seventh-grader with stamina and will power well beyond her years. And now she’s showing the rest of the country what we have come to expect from what may be the most decorated athlete to emerge from Shelby County.

    After placing 25th in 2013, Karas was 9th Saturday at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championship in San Diego.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Karas continues her national ascent

    It was a little more than one month ago that we congratulated Gabby Karas for her fourth consecutive cross country state title.

    The Collins sophomore burst on to the scene as a seventh-grader with stamina and will power well beyond her years. And now she’s showing the rest of the country what we have come to expect from what may be the most decorated athlete to emerge from Shelby County.

    After placing 25th in 2013, Karas was 9th Saturday at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championship in San Diego.