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Opinion

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • More than six months ago Shelby County lost one of its major auto dealers when the Jeff Wyler Group closed the doors on its Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership on the west end of Shelbyville.

    Located on Taylorsville Road the site had long since been an auto dealer, welcoming patrons into Shelbyville on one of our busiest roads.

    Now the lot still sits empty, begging for another dealership to meet our needs.

  • Fed up in Hi Point

    It appears that once again the City of Shelbyville is penalizing citizens who meet their obligations of payment, while the city has not met their obligation to manage and collect. The Mayor [Tom Hardesty] and the city council have made it a habit to require Hi Point Village, Phase 1 residents to pay extra on their yearly bond assessment when faced with a deficit.

  • We are happy to see two new developments planned for the east side of Shelbyville on Mount Eden Road.

    As a main entrance to our county seat, our zoning commission has approved a solid plan for those looking to build here, and we believe some expansion on the east side is certainly warranted.

    Although more would be needed to create a perfect balance between the east and west sides of the city, and even the county, we see this as a solid start.

  • Making a statement

    As we enjoyed our Christmas with above average temperatures, all the folks I came into contact with remarked how happy they were with the warm weather, particularly after the last two brutally cold winters. I then thought maybe this global warming nonsense might be true. Wouldn’t it be great to grow food later in the year and feed the hungry? But alas, like every other Liberal Democrat promise, it was short-lived.

  • On Jan. 1, the city of Shelbyville’s tourism tax kicked in, meaning an extra 3 percent tax has been added to restaurants, lunch counters and certain items from grocery and convenient stores.

    Now that it is in place, we can stop the discussion about whether we want the new tax or if it is warranted, and instead focus on where the money can be spent.

  • Shelby County Public Schools’ strategic plan centers on personalized learning for students through a digital conversion. This simply means that we seek to accelerate student learning by tailoring the instructional environment – what, when, how and where students learn – to address the individual needs, skills and interests of each student.

    In this model, students take ownership of their own learning and develop deep relationships with other like-minded learners.

  • “The last of the Giants has fallen,” was my reaction when I heard that William Lee Shannon had died on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. Bill was the last of the men and women who were voted the most outstanding 25 individuals of the 20th century in a Shelby Sentinel poll in 1965.

  • Check the dietary guidelines

    The “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” released yesterday by U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services mark the ninth time in a row that the meat industry has successfully suppressed scientific findings recommending reduced meat consumption. The reduction was recommended by the government-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee in a 571-page report based on review of thousands of studies.

  • It took almost three more months than last winter, but we finally got our first snow of the season over the weekend.

    And while roads in other counties struggled, Interstate 64 and the roads around Shelby County appeared clear and easy to navigate.

    The same could be said for Monday’s short but impressive snow shower.

    For that we commend our city, county and state road crews for their long hours, preparation and commitment to our safety.

  • Controlling our factors with our fork

    Dear Editor,

    Must we really resolve to improve our diets or exercise routines in the New Year, in order to increase longevity or improve quality of life?

  • Having looked back at our successful 2015, it’s time to look forward to 2016 and how we want to see our community continue to grow and take its shape for the future.

    What do we want our county and our community to look like for 2016, where are our priorities?

    We want to be ambitious while remaining realistic. We want to address issues that have captivated the public and we want answers.

  • Thank you for support

    Dear Friends,

    Words cannot express our gratitude for the many kindnesses you have shown us during this sad time.

  • Iused to think that New Year’s resolutions were silly, a weak-minded way to make myself change.

    If I wanted to change during the year, I’d just do it.

    And in my younger years, I would. It was easy, I’d just implement whatever change I needed to make.

    More exercise – no problem. I’ll start running today and hit the gym tomorrow.

    Read more – check. I’ll just set aside an hour each day to devote to my newest book.

  • Every January since 2009 The Sentinel-News has established a blueprint for the coming year to help focus on ideas, concepts and circumstances that deserve – or require – our attention.

  • Throughout the country young people are staying at home on Election Day.  It is a problem everywhere and it is a problem that I have tried to rectify here locally to no success.  
    Through both of my campaigns in 2010 and 2014 I have reached out to young voters and have failed miserably to get them to the polls.

  • Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse…

     

    Earlier this year, I submitted a letter to the paper expressing concern with our token Human Rights Commission (HRC). Shortly afterwards, the commission director, Gary Walls, and several other members resigned.