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Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015
Letter to the Editor, Aug. 27 (08/27/15)
Dear Editor, The city officials of Shelbyville, especially Mark Clanton, city public works director, for his onsite knowledge of the "flume," and Jay Johnson, city manager, should be commended. If they had not closed that section of Lane Pkwy several weeks ago, things very well could have been much worse. Even though it has been somewhat of a headache to most of us, the outcome of last Sunday, August 23, could have been a lot worse. Thank you!...
Rules on electronic devices in court go too far (08/27/15)
There's some rule changes that the Tennessee Supreme Court wishes to make that could make it much harder for the media to let you know what's going on in your courtrooms. It's centered around a proposed revision of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 30 -- adopted in 1996 to govern the use of cameras in the courtroom by news media...
Actions of a few shouldn't taint entire horse industry (08/16/15)
From time to time, we get e-mails -- sometimes anonymous, sometimes not -- about the horse industry, criticizing the industry, the community and sometimes us here at the newspaper for supposedly turning a blind eye to cruelty. I've never been a horse owner, and I've only been on a horse once or twice in my life. So I'm certainly not connected to the competitive side of the sport. But I do enjoy the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and attend the event each year...
Public records access should usually be free (08/16/15)
State and local officials represent us -- not themselves -- and we have the right to see most public records when we want. No charges. No limits. Remember that as you think about the possibility you may be charged for looking at inspecting public records...
Is our government on our side? (08/16/15)
Sometimes, you just have to wonder whose side our government is on. One story that caught my attention this week deals with a legal case brought by the victims of Palestinian terrorists. Apparently, the Obama administration is getting involved, urging the court to limit restitution for the victims due to a fear that a large payout could collapse the Palestinian government...
Want daily insults? Trump's the man (08/09/15)
Donald Trump might just be the right president for America -- that is, if we want a leader that reflects what too many Americans wrongfully stand for. Insults toward women. Disrespect toward a former POW who underwent years of torture because his plane went down -- not because of any personal failure. Say what you want about Sen. John McCain, but the man's far from a loser...
Nuclear deal fallout Obama's fault, not America's (08/09/15)
On Wednesday, President Obama made it pretty clear it's going to be his way or the highway when it comes to this horrid nuclear deal with Iran. He stated that only Israel is standing in the way of this "historic" agreement with Iran -- suggesting the Jewish state is intent on war...
National news often focuses on wrong issues (08/02/15)
There's been a lot of interesting national news going on this week, but you may have not heard about it, depending on where you get your information. This week, a federal judge threatened to hold the IRS commissioner and Justice Department attorneys in contempt of court after the IRS failed to produce status reports and newly recovered emails belonging to Lois Lerner, who has been accused of targeting conservative groups...
Be patient...you'll get there (07/30/15)
When work on North Main began we were just as delighted as anyone else about solving the issues on North Main, including congestion, potholes, lack of turn lanes, etc. We knew it would be a rough road getting there, no pun intended (seriously) but how sweet it will be in a few years when we can all reap the benefits...
Community effort can buy new Bookmobile (07/26/15)
You could see evidence of the Bookmobile fire as soon as you crested the hill near Walmart on North Main Street. Plumes of black smoke boiled up to the north as Bedford County-Shelbyville Public Library's Bookmobile burned late Thursday morning. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the county has lost an important asset after the 29-year-old van was gutted by flames...
Mac computers are the Dark Side. Count me in (07/26/15)
This is the first of a two-part series on my joining the Mac Side of personal computers. Read the second part on Thursday. "Honey, do you feel okay?" my wife asked last Sunday night. She felt my forehead for a fever. I was looking at Macs on the Apple website with my Samsung Galaxy tablet...
Shooter's actions were part of war against U.S. (07/23/15)
When the horrid shooting of five service members went down last week in Chattanooga, I decided to wait before writing anything about it -- to try to gather facts about motives, how it happened, etc. Well, we soon learned the fellow's name, all about his family and past, and what those last messages he sent out and posted online stated before he committing the murders...
I'm Independent -- and I'm tired of all the arguing (07/19/15)
I'm not a political person. I'm okay with this. Know why? Because talking politics makes people overly emotional. It makes people, what I like to call, "judgey"...
Iran agreement places world in greater danger (07/16/15)
Well, they made "history" this week with the nuclear agreement reached by Iran and world powers on Tuesday. We can only hope that certain counties, like Israel, don't become history due to this ill-conceived attempt at giving the current administration the "legacy" it's been looking for...
Courtroom security problems must be addressed (07/12/15)
This week's escape of a prisoner from the Bedford County courthouse points to a continuing security problem that must be addressed. A repeat offender due for sentencing on drugs and weapon charges apparently planned ahead and managed to slip through the fingers of sheriff's deputies while being transported to the jail, located only a block away...
Press shouldn't tolerate mistreatment by Hillary (07/09/15)
This past weekend, folks got a view of how Hillary Clinton treats the press after footage emerged of the campaign using a moving rope barrier in the middle of a parade to keep reporters at bay and away from the candidate. Herding them like cattle, the press was forced to walk through a New Hampshire Fourth of July parade in a makeshift pen...
Rebel flags, gay marriage, and the right to believe (07/05/15)
The red and blue on the Rebel front license plate -- yes, that's what we called the Confederate flag plates -- almost matched the silver paint and maroon vinyl top on my '79 Pontiac Grand Prix. Remember vinyl tops? Once cars without them looked stripped down. Today? They've gone the way of leisure suits and disco. And Pontiacs, for that matter...
A few important items to consider (07/05/15)
While much of the mainstream media has been focusing their air time and Internet space to a crying fit over an historic flag and celebrating, if not flat out promoting, the issue of gay marriage, there's some items of vital importance you might have missed...
I'll miss walks along Lewisburg's greenway (07/02/15)
I'm back -- did you miss me? Don't answer that. For about two and a half months, from the second week in April until about the third week in June, I spent my days helping out in the newsroom at the Times-Gazette's sister newspaper, the Marshall County Tribune in Lewisburg. The Tribune was temporarily short-handed and so I went over there to work each day...
Don't eliminate history (07/02/15)
It never fails. Some nut does something deadly and stupid, and the progressive pants-wetting brigade go on a Soviet-style purge of inanimate objects. By now, we all know that a racist loser shot up a church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine. It's a horrific, reprehensible crime, and there is no doubt the young vermin responsible will get what's coming to him...
Letters to the Editor, July 2 (07/02/15)
To the editor: I would like to thank the Times-Gazette for printing the column by Jason Stanford, "It's time for the south to finally surrender." I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments expressed in the article. It is long past time that we as a nation put the hatred and bitterness of the civil war behind us, and move toward acceptance of all races and creeds...