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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Trump maligned, misrepresented

    I have been accused of defending Donald Trump, and I suppose I do, because the president is trying to accomplish certain goals with which I agree.
    The idea of making this country greater, safer and stronger does appeal to me. His methods of achieving that goal have been largely maligned and misrepresented in the press and by those who hate Trump on a personal level.
    Trump has been called xenophobic for his so-called ban on Muslim immigrants. This is not a Muslim or a religious ban.

  • Letter: Americans’ blind trust in President Trump worries reader

    I am worried because so many people in America have put their trust in Donald Trump with very little information on Mr. Trump’s background. They may soon be disappointed with Trump’s grandiose promises and then soon become entirely discouraged with American democracy.
    Donald Trump has a record of breaking his promises. His has broken his promises with all of his wives.  Trump has consistently exaggerated his wealth and business success. His personal life and his business life are always in turmoil. We must not have turmoil in the White House.

  • Letter: Kind act restores reader’s faith in goodness of people

    I hope that this reaches the kind person who recently found some medications in a shopping cart at the Indian Land Walmart and was kind enough to take them to the pharmacy inside the store.
    I had inadvertently left them in my cart after unloading some other items and was on my way home before I realized they were not in my car. Needless to say, I was more than concerned.
    Please know you have helped restore my confidence in the goodness of people and I am excited as I look toward paying your good deed forward.

    Clyde McFadden

  • Column: What’s the official state waste of time?

    South Carolina, like most states, has a state flag, a state flower (Yellow Jessamine), a state bird (Carolina Wren) and not one but two state songs (“Carolina” and “South Carolina on My Mind”).
    Dum Spiro Spero is one of our two state mottoes. Now, if House Bill 3078 should pass, that Latin phrase (“While I breathe, I hope”) would also become the official state anthem. An anthem is supposed to have a tune, right? The bill provides no music.

  • Column: Changing our ‘back of the pack’ mentality

    South Carolina is unique. We are not like other states – partly because of our history, our culture and our politics.
    One of our historic legacies is what one writer called our debilitating inferiority complex. It is best summed up by the often-heard phrase “if it’s a list of good things, we are on the bottom, and if it’s a list of bad things, we are on the top.” Put another way, “thank God for Mississippi,” as they always seem to be worse off than we are.

  • Column: Overcoming what divides our country

    I am narrow-minded. Some would use different words, such as bigoted, prejudiced, exclusive or hateful.
    But please hear me out before you make that judgment.
    There is an unquestionable, obvious divide in our country. This divide has been identified in several different ways: racial, political, ideological, philosophical, religious, etc. I would agree that you can certainly identify each of these divides in our contemporary culture.

  • Letter: Reader finds council’s time change appalling

    First, I want to thank Councilmen Brian Carnes, Terry Graham and Jack Estridge for voting against the proposal to change Lancaster County Council’s meeting time to 6 p.m.
    I am appalled that representatives of all of the citizens of Lancaster County would make it so difficult for working people to attend their meetings.
    Do they realize that unless you live close to the Lancaster County Administration Building, you would have to leave at 5:30 p.m. to make a 6 p.m. meeting?

  • Letter: Help with research on Fork Hill Baptist

    From 1937-39, the federal Works Progress Administration created inventories of S.C. church archives. The inventory for Fork Hill Baptist Church in Heath Springs states that the oldest extant minutes book spanned the years 1826 to December 1880.
    I visited the Fork Hill Church office a number of years ago and the oldest book available was the next one on the list, which spans the years 1881-94. I checked back recently, and the church does not know what happened to the earlier book.