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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs up to Brooklyn Springs Elementary

    While visiting Brooklyn Springs Elementary School for a program I was most impressed with the cleanliness of the school and the young lady doing the cleaning.

    While visiting the school I observed the young lady cleaning, dusting, pushing down the halls and blowing off the grounds when I was leaving.

    The school was immaculate inside and out and smelled so fresh.

    Brooklyn Springs is a wonderful school with great staff. To the young lady cleaning there, you are doing a great job.

  • Legislative agenda includes balanced budget and BBQ,

    It’s been a pleasure for me to represent S.C. Senate District 16 this session as it has been for 10 of the last 11.

    The district encompasses the upper two-thirds of Lancaster County beginning with the Douglas, Pleasant Hill and Tradesville communities, plus most of Fort Mill and Tega Cay. There are about110,000 people in the district, one of 46 in our state. Comprising 45 men and one woman, the Senate meets three days a week from January until June each year.

  • Don’t try changing us

    After reading the article from Mary Smith on Dec. 17, I am totally with her. People who are not from here want to change our community.

    Why? Is the reason you moved here is because you liked it? If where you are from is so wonderful, then go back. I-85, I-81, I-95 all go back North. Do not try to change us. You need to change.

    Another problem is people who drive in the left lane on U.S. 521 do not know the left lane is the faster lane.

  • All of us should be held accountable

    With so much turmoil going on in our great free society in America today, who can be trusted?

    To some degree some of those who have been elected and sworn in to serve and protect have also taken on the roles of being the judge, juror and executioner.

    It’s easy to imagine the families of those who have lost loved ones to senseless acts of violence to become confused, and not fully trust the authorities.

  • Whose fault is this mess?

    Phil Noble and I see a lot of the same problems. According to him, it is the Republicans fault for all the problems. In the absence of facts, there can be no true reality. Only ideology.

    It does not take a lot to keep the mind of the average American occupied- a ball game on TV or maybe Idol and snacks.

    There is no or very little cognitive discourse any where. It is not politically correct. When some discourse does happen, truth is generally left out and feelings are most important.

  • Find peaceful ways to make a statement

    So much turmoil, so many demonstrations. Must be a young folks thing. Seems to me that young folks never really fought for anything, but they have strong opinions on what’s going wrong.

    Sure as shooting, we have some rotten apples who hide behind a badge and when the truth comes out, they need to be jailed or fired.

    No demonstration is ever peaceful. The property of others has to be looted or burned under the guise of making a statement.

  • Campaign cash for criminal defense? Please.

    You wouln’t have expected a meeting of the House Ethics and FOIA Ad Hoc Study Committee to be a good show. But it was.

    Most of the meeting was taken up by Rep. Ralph Norman (R-York) contending for stronger language in a committee proposal. The majority of members didn’t care for the stronger language, and eventually things started to crackle.

  • For the holidays – let’s pay it forward

    Phil and Mary Sue are generous hosts. Thanksgiving is their special time with family, but they regularly invite orphans – people like my wife and me, who have no other place to go.

    This year, we looked forward to joining Phil and Mary Sue’s family and friends at their home. They were expecting 17 guests. No Indians on the guest list this year, but Phil says he will let the occasional Australian stand in for them.