http://www.sentinelnews.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en WHAT WE THINK: Our students deserve the best http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/what-we-think-our-students-deserve-best <p> At the end of August we learned that Shelby County Public Schools would go a second straight year without raising its property tax rate.</p> <p> And we must say, we find that pretty amazing.</p> <p> Most districts around the state have approved an increase of some degree, and many taking the full four percent they are allowed without going to a public vote.</p> WHAT WE THINK: Our students deserve the best http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/what-we-think-our-students-deserve-best <p> At the end of August we learned that Shelby County Public Schools would go a second straight year without raising its property tax rate.</p> <p> And we must say, we find that pretty amazing.</p> <p> Most districts around the state have approved an increase of some degree, and many taking the full four percent they are allowed without going to a public vote.</p> WE SUPPORT: Fall festival season is upon us http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/we-support-fall-festival-season-upon-us <p> The weather report for this weekend show temperatures in the mid-70s with lows dipping into the upper 40s &ndash; perfect fall weather to be outside.</p> <p> What better way to spend a weekend than at a community festival?</p> <p> This year&rsquo;s schedule is already packed with community celebrations every weekend this month ranging from Simpsonville to Finchville to Shelbyville and back.</p> WE SUPPORT: Fall festival season is upon us http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/we-support-fall-festival-season-upon-us <p> The weather report for this weekend show temperatures in the mid-70s with lows dipping into the upper 40s &ndash; perfect fall weather to be outside.</p> <p> What better way to spend a weekend than at a community festival?</p> <p> This year&rsquo;s schedule is already packed with community celebrations every weekend this month ranging from Simpsonville to Finchville to Shelbyville and back.</p> MY WORD: Southside left mark on college administrator http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/my-word-southside-left-mark-college-administrator <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/opnmitchellpayne2014.jpg" alt="Mitchell Payne today." title="Mitchell Payne today." align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> When Mitchell Howard Payne entered Southside Elementary in 1957 as a second-grader, he was among the first blacks to integrate the Shelbyville school system.</p> <p> I usually sat or lined up beside him because students were often in alphabetical order in those days. That was a blessing because we have remained friends all these many years. When the 1957 building was demolished over the summer, we reflected on our experiences.</p> Letters to the Editor: Sept. 10, 2014 http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/letters-editor-sept-10-2014 <p> Praise for S.A.I.L. program</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I would like to commend every member of the Shelby County School Board for choosing to fund S.A.I.L. this summer.</p> Letters to the Editor: Sept. 10, 2014 http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/letters-editor-sept-10-2014 <p> Praise for S.A.I.L. program</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I would like to commend every member of the Shelby County School Board for choosing to fund S.A.I.L. this summer.</p> WHAT WE THINK: Our issues are no different but at least we’re civil http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/what-we-think-our-issues-are-no-different-least-we%E2%80%99re-civil <p> As our community continues to discuss issues that affect us, it&rsquo;s important to remember that we are not working in a vacuum here in Shelby County.</p> <p> According to a report on the <em>Washington Post </em>a man last week was kicked out of a town meeting in Winter Garden, Fla., for failing to stand during the opening prayer and Pledge of Allegiance.</p> <p> Of course, we too have had individuals choose not to stand during invocations at our local meetings, although we do not recall them not standing during the pledge.</p>