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Friday, Aug. 26, 2016
VIEW 2 VIEW: Unfair allegations will be tackled; for now, celebrate the magic (08/25/16)
There is always special energy in the air as the days tick down closer and closer to Labor Day. For those in Shelbyville and those making the annual pilgrimage it means one thing, the magic of the Celebration. What is maybe the most magical component is the transformation of the 105 acres that comprise the Celebration campus...
VIEW 2 VIEW: Proposed USDA regulations will end horse abuse (08/25/16)
As a former Tennessean, past president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' & Exhibitors' Association, and life-long enthusiast of the Tennessee walking horse, I am all too familiar with the pervasiveness of soring within the walking horse industry...
Celebration offers best memories of all (08/25/16)
Over the past 15-20 years, the arrival of The Celebration has each year been met with some measure of uncertainty. Some good, some bad. "Will it be Encore or Powerstroke this year?" "Out On Parole or Shout?" "Will PETA actually fulfill their promise to protest this year?" "Will Honors get to show?"...
Be proud of state, nation: Register and vote (08/21/16)
Being a guest columnist, so far editor Sadie Fowler allows me to select my own topics. The rub comes when I must select a single topic and then energize my creative juices to produce the column. I had settled on my next subject before Sunday morning when I read the T-G front page article about our state having the worst voter turnout at elections. Our registration of eligible voters isn't much better. Thank you, John Carney, for selecting my topic...
Support for The Celebration is appreciated (08/21/16)
To the editor: Thank you very much to editor Sadie Fowler and publisher Hugh Jones and the Shelbyville Times-Gazette for their positive support of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Sadie was exactly right when she stated in her editorial last Wednesday that the Celebration is a vital part of our community...
If you're going to accuse someone, identify yourself (08/18/16)
"You don't need to know my name," said the caller. There are, obviously, times when reporters must rely on anonymous sources -- although generally those sources are not anonymous to the reporter. During their famous Watergate investigation, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and their editor, Ben Bradlee, all knew exactly who Deep Throat was; they just didn't share that information with their readers, protecting their source's anonymity. ...
The Celebration crucially needs community's support (08/17/16)
It seems like every year I say I'm not going to do this, yet around this time I always feel a sense of obligation to share a few thoughts (some are personal and others relate to the newspaper's stance), educate readers and encourage citizens to play nice...
Think positive and always look for the good (08/14/16)
There seems to be far more madness in the world right now than kindness or goodness. I would just like to remind everyone that it only seems that way. The truth is the good will always outweigh the bad in humanity. Everyone, just take a few deep breaths, turn off the TV, talk radio, and social media and find a human to talk to. I like the ones that are between the ages of 3 and 9, personally, but just find anyone to connect with. Like face to face, preferably...
Letter to the Editor, Aug. 11 (08/11/16)
To the editor: I've finally had enough! Watching this so-called election mess, I hit the OFF button on the TV control. Sitting quietly on the sofa, I wondered, "What happened to this world and where is the common sense of humanity?" Suddenly, I recall these song lyrics by a fabulous guitarist, Warren Haynes:...
Letter to the Editor, Aug. 4 (08/04/16)
To the Editor: Seems rarely a week goes by that our local papers and some major news outlets are not bombarded with the "hate Muslim" rhetoric. This has been a successful political ploy complete with the hate to divide our people. No dispute, terrorist groups have recruited in the name of Islam but this is a fraction of the millions of Muslims worldwide who want to live in peace...
Letter to the Editor, July 28 (07/28/16)
To the Editor: The Alzheimer's Association estimates there are more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease and more than 15 million caregiver's. As an Alzheimer's Ambassador, it is my honor to represent them to our elected officials. ...
Letter to the Editor, July 21 (07/21/16)
To the editor: With the devastation and fear this world is experiencing nowadays, I ask myself why anyone would want the job of running the affairs of the United States. The number one answer in my mind was maybe the prestige of having a "library in your name" after leaving office...
One person thinks no one reads T-G (07/03/16)
First, check out the photo that accompanies this column. Pretty trashy, right? Let me preface this by stating I've got thick skin and am not afraid to hear criticism regarding our newspaper. If someone chooses not to read their local paper that is their choice...
It's illegal to kill a rattlesnake (07/03/16)
Lesson learned -- for a lot of us. For many, our natural instinct would be to kill a rattlesnake if we see it. After all, their venom can kill -- even if snake enthusiasts across Tennessee don't like that fact to be played up. But it's illegal to kill snakes in Tennessee. Snake fans will quickly make that clear...
Patriotic movies worth seeing again (07/03/16)
As always, Turner Classic Movies will run some of my favorite patriotic movies on Monday, although one of my favorite movies won't start until midnight, which is technically the fifth of July. They run many of these movies each and every Independence Day, although the order varies from year to year...