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Phil Noble

Very strange world of race, politics in S.C.

In November, South Carolina will make history by electing its first African-American to the U.S. Senate.

And, if the polls are to be believed, it will be Republican Tim Scott.

Ironically, he will be elected without significant African-American support on the Republican ticket – the party that is widely perceived to be indifferent, if not hostile, to African-Americans.


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Sen. Greg Gregory

For better, safer roads we have to pay for them

In the column published Sunday, I detailed the dismal statewide picture of our road system. As challenging as our statewide problems are, they are more acute in Lancaster County. The main reason is that 44 percent of our county’s roads are secondary routes that are not eligible for federal assistance (NFA) routes.


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Richard Eckstrom

NFL could always use another dose of sportsmanship

I’m always excited to see Clemson or University of South Carolina athletes ascend to the NFL, but it was particularly thrilling to watch former Gamecock quarterback Connor Shaw play in the preseason Monday Night Football matchup between the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins.

Mr. Shaw, who wasn’t picked up in the NFL Draft but was signed by the Browns as a free agent, delivered a sterling performance. As one of three Cleveland quarterbacks to play in the game, he completed an impressive eight passes in nine attempts for 123 yards and a touchdown.


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S.C.’s road funding system is tearing up my vehicle

Recently, I drove to Carthage, N.C., to see some old friends. From Columbia, I took U.S. 1 from Camden through McBee to Cheraw, then into North Carolina.

I’ve driven on bad roads before. I’ve driven in the American northeast, where melted snow seeps into the pavement and cracks it all winter long. I’ve driven in the Scottish Highlands, where many of the roads can’t really be called roads at all.


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Now is time to ask questions

I am puzzled. The general election is less than two months away, governmental problems abound, but no one seems to be upset or saying anything.

This is when politicians can be held accountable – virtually the only time voters have any direct say.

On election day, the winners will be elected and voters will generally be unable to vote them out for four years. Now is the time to make politicians explain what they plan to do if elected, yet no one is asking any questions.


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Shiricka Fair

ALS stole Fair’s mobility, but it did not steal his spirit

Over the past couple of months, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has brought an increased awareness to the disease. My awareness of ALS began when my father, Alex Fair Jr., was diagnosed with ALS on March 29, 2011. Our lives were forever changed when he received the diagnosis.


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Bob Lanning

What the Bible says about working

We recently celebrated Labor Day. The Bible gives many examples of good workers.  God is the greatest workman of all, having “made the heavens, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein.” Someday, he will create new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.


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Nita Brown

Thanks to all who helped with festival

Our third annual Bluegrass, Barbecue & Building Festival, held Aug. 23, was even more successful than its two predecessors.

We are delighted to report we netted just over $9,600 after expenses. The money will be applied toward our next home, which we plan to start within 30 to 45 days.


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Brooks Walker

We need to fix Social Security

Amid all the news today, one story has been completely forgotten.

This story was once one of the hottest topics in politics and around the dinner table, but now it has vanished unless you are a senior citizen who is working yourself to the point of death every day.

The topic is, of course, Social Security. Ever since President Bill Clinton quietly began to move up retirement benefit dates, I have watched as more and more people go about their lives, oblivious to the crime they are victims of.


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Bruce Miller

‘Ugly Americans’ should stay home

Has anyone ever seen a movie or read a book in which the main character has either said or done something so stupid, ridiculous or arrogant that you actually lose your temper and want to reach out and throttle him/her?

This doesn’t usually happen to me, but recently I read a novel of pure fiction, written by one of the world’s leading authors (no names or titles will be given) whose premise was so stupid that I almost put the book down, unfinished.


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