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Today's Opinions

  • WE CONGRATULATE: The sale of Blue Gables

    Our downtown is getting a facelift, and it is much needed.

    We were very happy to hear on Monday that the sale of the old Blue Gable Motel had finally closed, and that the Shelbyville Preservation Group had taken over the building.

    It won’t happen overnight, but we will soon have a landmark back in our community.

    Many have talked about how the Gables was a vibrant place in the 50s and 60s, when visitors would stay there, catching the bus in and out of town.

  • Letters to the Editor: June 18, 2014

    Before the outlet mall

     

    Dear Editor:

    Here is a recent picture of the riotously yellow field across from the dreadful outlet mall development. Everything in this photo will soon be destroyed and replaced by hotels, fast food, gas stations, traffic, etc.

    Maybe someone someday will ask: “What was here before all of this ugliness? Was it anything beautiful?” Which do you really prefer?

  • WHAT WE THINK: It’s time to find a better way for charities to collect money

    Like the inevitability of the flowers blooming each spring, we await the annual gauntlet of driving through our town’s streets.

    Each year as the weather warms we’re inundated with charities lining up at stoplights, buckets in hand and crazy hats on their heads, seeking donations from drivers.

    It’s not that we mind giving to charity or even traffic slowing down as most cars proceed with caution around those seeking donations for their charity. Although we do question if this is the best way to collect money.

  • WHAT WE THINK: It’s time to find a better way for charities to collect money

    Like the inevitability of the flowers blooming each spring, we await the annual gauntlet of driving through our town’s streets.

    Each year as the weather warms we’re inundated with charities lining up at stoplights, buckets in hand and crazy hats on their heads, seeking donations from drivers.

    It’s not that we mind giving to charity or even traffic slowing down as most cars proceed with caution around those seeking donations for their charity. Although we do question if this is the best way to collect money.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Our beauty queen’s focus on education

    Last week The Sentinel-News caught up with Shelby County native Marissa Raisor as she continues her whirlwind trip at Miss Hooters International.

    Our story focused on her recent trip to Thailand to help open a new restaurant and her bit part in the Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore movie “Blended” but the one thing that stuck out most to us was Raisor’s commitment to continuing her education.

    “I just finished the semester, so I only have a year left,” she said.

  • Letters to the Editor: June 11, 2014

    In support of prayer at public meetings

     

    Ms. Allewalt [My Word, “For the benefit and blessing of the council – Musings on the Prayer Issue,” The Sentinel-News, May 28, 2014] it seems, never experienced a public prayer she liked in public meetings or governmental service meetings.

  • Letters to the Editor: June 11, 2014

    In support of prayer at public meetings

     

    Ms. Allewalt [My Word, “For the benefit and blessing of the council – Musings on the Prayer Issue,” The Sentinel-News, May 28, 2014] it seems, never experienced a public prayer she liked in public meetings or governmental service meetings.

  • MY WORD: Removing unnecessary bureaucratic input

    Every time Howard Pearce and I had an opportunity for a serious discussion, which was rare, I would often say something like “that isn’t fair.”  He would say, “Life was not meant to be fair.”

    He never got around to explaining why. That’s rather like saying to a child who asks one those inscrutable questions, “It just isn’t” or “Because I said so,” then end the discussion by hiding behind a newspaper.