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Monday, Sep. 26, 2016
The Celebration: Experience of a lifetime (09/18/16)
All of us know that the Celebration lasts 11 days. During that entire period, the main arena that sits idle for a full year comes alive with competition classes as does Calsonic Arena. Vacant stables awaken and start sprucing up with decorations, some extraordinary. Horse trailers, people trailers, RV's, golf carts. Horses, riders, trainers, inspectors, stable personnel, judges, vendors. Donuts, foods of all kinds and a yellow bird in a plastic cup. Owners and fans...
Letters to the Editor, Sept. 15 (09/15/16)
To the editor: "...On some anniversaries we celebrate, on others we reflect. The 14th anniversary of the attack on America and New York's World Trade Center is one of the times for reflection. There is truly nothing to celebrate in the extraordinary tragedy of 9/11...
Legislative error was avoidable (09/15/16)
When voters cast their ballots, they are essentially casting their vote of confidence in a particular candidate -- confidence that their chosen politician will make decisions that are in the best interest of the people. This week, the Tennessee Legislature has been meeting for a special session to rectify a $60 million mistake, and costing taxpayers around $100,000 in the process. (Tennessean.com)...
'World Stopped Turning' after attacks 15 years ago (09/11/16)
If you're old enough, you remember what was going on 15 years ago today: This is the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. Alan Jackson moved the nation with his song "When the World Stopped Turning": "Did you open your eyes, hope it never happened/Close your eyes and not go to sleep?/Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages/Or speak to some stranger on the street?"...
A Celebration prayer (09/04/16)
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Rev. Lanita Monroe of First United Methodist Church delivered this invocation at Wednesday night's Celebration, leading Monroe to receive comments and requests for copies. Great and Gracious God, We come together as a community battered and bruised by false accusations and unfair rulings.....
Come enjoy the show and savor the experience (08/28/16)
Ever since I was little, The Celebration was about family and bringing loved ones together. Some of my earliest memories of Shelbyville come from going with my grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Sam Pearce. They had a box right at the southwest corner near the CHS Marching Band booth...
USDA's unfair actions must be brought to halt (08/27/16)
The show is underway. It never fails that when the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is here that the negativity of the horse is front and center. The coverage from the public forum in Murfreesboro several weeks ago and "horse show time" humane groups bring to the forefront the issue of the Horse Protection Act and allegations of abuse...
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...