http://www.sentinelnews.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en WHAT WE THINK: A Merry Christmas and a bustling New Year http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/what-we-think-merry-christmas-and-bustling-new-year <p> While shoppers have been scouring Main Street and the outlet mall for the perfect gifts, Shelby County has been scrambling to close the year with a boom.</p> <p> Just this month we&rsquo;ll have discussion of a new proposed distillery along Interstate 64 in Waddy, the Shelby County Board of Education is looking into the purchase of the Jefferson Community and Technical Shelby Campus, and Main Street in Shelbyville is bursting with new opportunities.</p> WHAT WE THINK: A Merry Christmas and a bustling New Year http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/what-we-think-merry-christmas-and-bustling-new-year <p> While shoppers have been scouring Main Street and the outlet mall for the perfect gifts, Shelby County has been scrambling to close the year with a boom.</p> <p> Just this month we&rsquo;ll have discussion of a new proposed distillery along Interstate 64 in Waddy, the Shelby County Board of Education is looking into the purchase of the Jefferson Community and Technical Shelby Campus, and Main Street in Shelbyville is bursting with new opportunities.</p> MY WORD: 2018 – The year Shelby County turns red http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/my-word-2018-%E2%80%93-year-shelby-county-turns-red <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/chart.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="412" height="85" /><p> In Oct. 2010, The Sentinel-News published my letter entitled &ldquo;GOP Surges Past 10,000.&rdquo; To summarize, I provided a brief history of the demographics of both population and voter registration of Shelby County since 1982.</p> <p> I also predicted &ldquo;it&rsquo;s not unreasonable to envision the two parties flipping before the end of this decade.&rdquo; That flip from Democrat to Republican majority in Shelby County will occur in 2018.</p> Letters to the Editor: Dec. 20, 2017 http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/letters-editor-dec-20-2017 <p> Thanks for sharing the music</p> <p> I am writing on behalf of the First Presbyterian Church, members of the music departments of Shelby County schools and for all the students who have received musical instruments through our Musical Instrument Program to express our sincere appreciation for the support The Sentinel-News has provided for the program over the years.</p> <p> We began this program in 2003 and on Dec. 12, 2017, we experienced an event which I believe is worth noting &ndash; the donation of the 100th instrument.</p> Letters to the Editor: Dec. 20, 2017 http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/letters-editor-dec-20-2017 <p> Thanks for sharing the music</p> <p> I am writing on behalf of the First Presbyterian Church, members of the music departments of Shelby County schools and for all the students who have received musical instruments through our Musical Instrument Program to express our sincere appreciation for the support The Sentinel-News has provided for the program over the years.</p> <p> We began this program in 2003 and on Dec. 12, 2017, we experienced an event which I believe is worth noting &ndash; the donation of the 100th instrument.</p> WHAT WE THINK: Celebration is about more than just lights http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/what-we-think-celebration-about-more-just-lights <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/045a2654_0.jpeg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Thousands roamed the street in Shelbyville Saturday, waiting to bask in the glow.</p> <p> The city&rsquo;s annual Celebration of Lights culminated with the pop of the holiday season&rsquo;s red, green, orange and blue bulbs.</p> <p> Downtown Shelbyville is now awash in color and Simpsonville will soon join this weekend, marking Shelby County as one of the first communities in the state to dive head first into the holidays.</p> WHAT WE THINK: Celebration is about more than just lights http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/what-we-think-celebration-about-more-just-lights <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/045a2654_0.jpeg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Thousands roamed the street in Shelbyville Saturday, waiting to bask in the glow.</p> <p> The city&rsquo;s annual Celebration of Lights culminated with the pop of the holiday season&rsquo;s red, green, orange and blue bulbs.</p> <p> Downtown Shelbyville is now awash in color and Simpsonville will soon join this weekend, marking Shelby County as one of the first communities in the state to dive head first into the holidays.</p> MY WORD: National Hospice Month: Attention to a growing demand for care management http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/my-word-national-hospice-month-attention-growing-demand-care-management <p> Every day, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 years old, and up to 85 percent of them are living with at least one serious illness.</p> <p> That translates to millions of adults living with chronic diseases that may shorten their life expectancy and dramatically impact their quality of life.</p> <p> Without a coordinated care plan, many patients are caught in the revolving door of emergency rooms and doctors&rsquo; offices, incurring millions of dollars in unnecessary health care costs, not to mention creating needless stress for both patients and their family caregivers.</p>