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John P. Lage Jr.

Noble twisted facts to defend Obama

This is my first letter of the new year and my New Year’s wish didn’t come true. I wished that all liberals would be sent to an island up near Greenland, where they could sit around a campfire and blame former President George W. Bush for all that is wrong in their lives. Well, maybe next year.


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Charles Bierbauer

Hebdo murders remind us that free speech isn’t cheap

Journalists did not need the atrocity of the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris to know that ours is a risky business. But it has made the rest of the world aware of the price of exercising free speech.


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Charles Ussery

Hadicol, spaceships rock small world in the 1950s

As a small boy in the 1950s, I lived in a very small world; and that world was ruled by people twice my size. Other than the farm, I knew Kershaw, Heath Springs; and I went to Lancaster once to see a tooth doctor. That’s a whole nother story. The best thing about Lancaster was Macs Hamburgers on Main.


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Shootings make case for making autopsy reports public in S.C.

Michael Smith
Carolina ForestChronicle
Officer-involved shootings in Ferguson, Mo. and other cities further illustrate why autopsy reports should be made available to the public, according to state lawmakers and open government experts.
Now a bill prefiled in the State Senate could make that a reality.
Senate Bill 10 amends the S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to specifically make autopsy reports public information.


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S.C. Policy Council

S.C. Supreme Court’s new role: Education czar

The S.C. Supreme Court issued a momentous decision Nov. 12. In a case that’s been going on for years, three out of five justices ruled that the state has failed to meet its constitutionally required obligation to provide a “minimally adequate” education to students in eight suing school districts.

As a result, the court has ordered both the plaintiff districts and the defendants (representatives of the state) to reappear before the court and present a plan to address the constitutional violation. The resulting plan will have to be approved by the court.


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W.B. Evans

Mail carriers important to all of us

Ever so often you feature on your opinion page views from political party stalwarts pointing out the errors of the other party.

I recently read another article dealing with problems in our postal system. Seems Congress has taken Mr. Ben Franklin’s dream and darn near drove it in the ground. They have a bunch of folks called governors who ain’t up to full force making a whole lot of poor choices on how to run a post office business.


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Phil Noble

New Year’s resolutions for S.C.

This is the time for New Year’s resolutions and I have a few for our state.

But first, some interesting, though not terribly surprising, poll results: Most of us make resolutions and we are really bad about sticking to them.

A recent University of Scranton poll says that 45 percent of us usually make a New Year’s resolution and another 17 percent occasionally do. The rest of us, 38 percent, don’t even bother.


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Al Armonda

Family’s roots and wings are interconnected

The tale told here portrays a conversion-instilling vision. Namely, that a parent can really give a child only two things – “roots and wings.”*

The grace of these gifts becomes evident in the story that molds the child. The intriguing providence, so striking in the telling, teaches a harsh wisdom, suspended between irony and tragedy.

Such is the case involving world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Rocco Armonda, whose exciting career culminates at the acme of discovering a new healing “construct.”


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Diana Knight, Jennifer Bridges

A town that came together

Lancaster Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a nonprofit animal rescue dedicated to saving unwanted dogs and puppies in the Lancaster County area, as well as surrounding counties if in urgent need. We take in owner-surrendered animals, shelter animals and abandoned and neglected animals.


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Phil Noble

It all started with BBQ – S.C.’s weird, wonderful history

Recently, I had lunch with three old friends. All of us are proud South Carolina natives, amateur history buffs and great fans of BBQ. We decided to meet at a new BBQ joint that we were all anxious to try.

As a member in good standing of the SC BBQ Association, I felt it was by solemn duty to educate my friends to the fact that BBQ was invented in South Carolina – as indeed it was. This led to one of the more interesting lunches I’ve had in a long time, as we attempted to one up each other in our knowledge of state’s weird and wonderful history.


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