http://www.sentinelnews.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en WHAT WE THINK: Peaceful gathering focuses on kindness, respect for all http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/what-we-think-peaceful-gathering-focuses-kindness-respect-all <p> On Friday night several members of our community gathered in front of the old Shelby County Courthouse to have a candlelight vigil.</p> <p> While the topic &ndash; racism in America and recent issues of officers with unarmed young black men &ndash; was certainly on point and relevant, it&rsquo;s not what we would like to focus on.</p> <p> It was the way the vigil was handled, to us, that is the most important.</p> <p> 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.</p> WHAT WE THINK: Peaceful gathering focuses on kindness, respect for all http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/what-we-think-peaceful-gathering-focuses-kindness-respect-all <p> On Friday night several members of our community gathered in front of the old Shelby County Courthouse to have a candlelight vigil.</p> <p> While the topic &ndash; racism in America and recent issues of officers with unarmed young black men &ndash; was certainly on point and relevant, it&rsquo;s not what we would like to focus on.</p> <p> It was the way the vigil was handled, to us, that is the most important.</p> <p> 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.</p> WE CONGRATULATE: Karas continues her national ascent http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/we-congratulate-karas-continues-her-national-ascent <p> It was a little more than one month ago that we congratulated Gabby Karas for her fourth consecutive cross country state title.</p> <p> The Collins sophomore burst on to the scene as a seventh-grader with stamina and will power well beyond her years. And now she&rsquo;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.</p> <p> After placing 25th in 2013, Karas was 9th Saturday at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championship in San Diego.</p> WE CONGRATULATE: Karas continues her national ascent http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/we-congratulate-karas-continues-her-national-ascent <p> It was a little more than one month ago that we congratulated Gabby Karas for her fourth consecutive cross country state title.</p> <p> The Collins sophomore burst on to the scene as a seventh-grader with stamina and will power well beyond her years. And now she&rsquo;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.</p> <p> After placing 25th in 2013, Karas was 9th Saturday at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championship in San Diego.</p> WHAT WE THINK: A community that gives http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/what-we-think-community-gives <p> Shelby County never ceases to amaze us.</p> <p> Time and time again we see individuals, groups, organizations and businesses step up to meet the unmet needs of our community.</p> <p> Per capita, we can&rsquo;t imagine a more giving, loving and protective county in the country.</p> <p> Whether it&rsquo;s raising money for a homeless shelter, making a home handicap accessible, ensuring a family can afford its medical bills or that the family has a place to stay if their child is sick, Shelby County&rsquo;s residents look out for their own like no other.</p> WHAT WE THINK: A community that gives http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/what-we-think-community-gives <p> Shelby County never ceases to amaze us.</p> <p> Time and time again we see individuals, groups, organizations and businesses step up to meet the unmet needs of our community.</p> <p> Per capita, we can&rsquo;t imagine a more giving, loving and protective county in the country.</p> <p> Whether it&rsquo;s raising money for a homeless shelter, making a home handicap accessible, ensuring a family can afford its medical bills or that the family has a place to stay if their child is sick, Shelby County&rsquo;s residents look out for their own like no other.</p> WE CONGRATULATE: Our area police forces http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/we-congratulate-our-area-police-forces <p> The holidays have been known to drive a few people crazy and that surely seems to be the case in Shelby County recently.</p> <p> Last week, what appeared to be a routine traffic stop turned into a car and foot chase through the east end of Shelbyville. And now, on Monday night, a man drove a car through his home in Simpsonville trying to kill his wife and at the same time endangered a child and a Simpsonville police officer.</p> WE CONGRATULATE: Our area police forces http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/we-congratulate-our-area-police-forces <p> The holidays have been known to drive a few people crazy and that surely seems to be the case in Shelby County recently.</p> <p> Last week, what appeared to be a routine traffic stop turned into a car and foot chase through the east end of Shelbyville. And now, on Monday night, a man drove a car through his home in Simpsonville trying to kill his wife and at the same time endangered a child and a Simpsonville police officer.</p>