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Jamie Murguia

Pay attention to details in this legislative session

With a new session that began Tuesday, Jan. 13, the opportunities for positive reforms to our system of governance, tax structure and personal freedoms should be

plentiful.

And while there are some strong reforms on the table this year, it’s the weak refoms – and even some measures that would take us backward – that will likely take center stage if citizens don’t keep a watchful eye on their lawmakers.


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Andrew Campanella

Tips for finding the right school for your child

If you’d like to send your child to a different school next year, now’s the time to start the process of researching your options.

As South Carolina prepares to commemorate National School Choice Week this month at 120 events across the state, and nearly 11,000 events nationwide, many parents will begin evaluating the educational opportunities that are available for their children.


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Bruce Miller

Terrorists don’t fight fair; so why should we?

It is with great sorrow that I announce the passing of the greatest political experiment our planet has ever experienced.

America is fading into an historical footnote.

The past six years have shown a division within our government that only seems to widen on a daily basis. The constant infighting within our political arena has become tiresome and now reached critical mass.


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Bob Lanning

Soils of earth also represent various people

According to the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, on a day when many people from many cities in Galilee gathered to hear Jesus speak, he taught them the parable of the sower and his seed.

In those days, a farmer tied a bag of seed around his neck and then walked through his plowed fields scattering seed with his hand.


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Brooks Walker

Obama opens himself up for criticisms

Anyone who is familiar with my writings/ranting, knows that I have been critical of President Barack Obama.

I do not apologize for my criticisms, because I feel they are justified. President Obama opens himself up for criticism through his behavior, and more often, his speech.


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Rudy Schmidt

Free speech does not exist in Islam

I recently saw another “Coexist” bumper sticker. The car had an Obama/Biden sticker, also. The news from France and around the world proves that Muslims do not believe, teach or practice this motto.

The driver of that car has deceived herself by any attempt to believe that motto. That person has placed herself at a severe disadvantage with the Muslims. She believes something that is not true and will not happen. It is the feeling that matters.


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John Edgecombe Jr.

Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures

A friend of mine from South Dakota noted that the U.S. Postal Service delivered a lump of coal to many small towns last Christmas when it proceeded to eliminate overnight mail in most of the nation in 2015. That was a good description.

USPS will slow delivery officially by one day for first-class and periodicals mail. Many members of Congress have asked it to hold off. But USPS is plowing ahead.

It is time for lawmakers to consider how rural and small town mail is suffering.


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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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