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Today's Opinions

  • Langleys grateful for community support

    On Sept. 15, 2010, our families’ lives were turned upside down by one simple word – cancer. If you, your family, your friend or a loved one has ever been stricken by this ugly disease, you’ll know that this  letter is heartfelt and sincere.
    Jamie, a husband of 17 years and father of three children, was diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer. What we have learned from our experience is that life must go on. We still worship, still raise our children, still attend our boys’ ballgames, still work and take care of household duties.

  • The war definitely is not over

    Dec. 20 will mark the 150th anniversary of the signing of the secession document declaring that South Carolina would no longer be a part of the United States of America.
    Those who think the war is over need only to look at physical evidence and conditions of our modern society. If the war is over, why does the front entrance of South Carolina’s capitol building in Columbia face south, representing the turning of our back on the federal government?

  • Jonathan Cook, a true hero

    “A true American hero.” That’s how Jim Moreland describes Jonathan Cook, a longtime Kershaw resident who is immensely respected and endeared by people who know him. Some people might describe Cook as a disabled Vietnam veteran. It’s an accurate description in the sense that Cook didn’t come back from Vietnam as the man he was when he got there in the mid-1960s.

  • Shoppers should Think Lancaster First this holiday season

    With Christmas lights up and a bevy of area holiday parades this weekend, it’s definitely starting to look and even feel, with the recent dip in temperatures, like Christmas here in Lancaster County.
    Now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing, we’d like to remind shoppers to Think Lancaster First.
    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s shop local initiative is also in full swing, with 44 local businesses taking part in the Think Lancaster First effort.

  • Writer praises McGriff for her stance

    Lancaster County Councilwoman Charlene McGriff brings a breath of fresh air to county government. Betcha the folks looking for work have found someone in local government who is concerned about their welfare. 
    Councilwoman McGriff questioned a government program (One Stop),  which apparently operates on its own behalf, giving very little help to those who need it.
    Funny, in a way, how other council members immediately jumped on the bandwagon to show their concern once the cat was out of the bag.

  • What kind of IL fire department do you want?

    This column is in response to J.R. Wilt’s recent comments on the Indian Land Fire Protection District.
    I take issue with Mr. Wilt’s assertion that firefighting is a part-time occupation. With the amount of training and time required to maintain certifications and the difficulty of recruiting volunteers, firefighting is becoming a full-time paid occupation.

  • Education voters have spoken, who will listen?

    The numbers are shocking – 110,000 students trapped in persistently failing schools, 30,000 students per high school class fail to graduate on time, 87 public high schools identified as “dropout factories,” $12,200 per student in spending and a mere 44 cents per educational dollar directed to the classroom.
    The numbers, and the students that comprise them, are becoming well known. It makes sense that education voters across the state made their frustration clear in November.

  • Buford Jackets have plenty to cheer about

    The 2010 high school cheer competition season ended where the Buford High School squad wanted to be, but not the way the BHS girls wanted to finish.
    The Yellow Jackets team placed 13th out of 14 teams in the state championship cheer competition held at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville last month.
    Buford High, the Conference IV-AA cheer champion, entered the state finals as the Lower State champion, its second in four years.