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Today's Opinions

  • Lawmakers approve $200,000 earmark for ‘paper’ project

    S.C. lawmakers for years have bypassed the normal budget process by quietly slipping in earmarks for thousands – and sometimes millions – of tax dollars for their favorite organizations.

    But in rejecting Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto of a $200,000 earmark sponsored by Rep. Bill Herbkersman, R-Beaufort and a member of the budget-writing House Ways and Means Committee, the General Assembly recently went a step further: It approved spending taxpayer money for a nonprofit housing development that has existed for years only on paper.

  • Library friends’ partnerships growing

    Since the inauguration of the Friends of the Del Webb Library and Indian Land business partnership program in 2012, the number of business partners has grown from 14 to 30. This year alone, nine new businesses came on board.

    New businesses coming into the community have been very excited about participating in the program, as it serves as an introduction to the community for them, thus giving them more exposure and bringing business to their doors.

  • Bird flu devastating U.S. egg industry

    The U.S. egg industry is reeling from a colossal outbreak of avian flu, mostly among egg-laying chickens. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 48 million birds, accounting for 11 percent of the nation’s egg-laying hens, have been slaughtered for fear of infection during the past few months.

    The effects are far-reaching, from how to dispose of millions of potentially infected bird carcasses to job losses and rapidly rising egg prices. More than 40 countries have restricted U.S. poultry imports.

  • In our effort to appease, we lose more than we gain

    Dr. Brooks Walker’s guest column, “Seek truth: Stop mob from ruling,” in the July 15 edition of The Lancaster News makes clear by illustrious examples his point that “facts have no place in a conversation based on emotion and assumption.”

    He further states, “Justice begins with the search for truth...” followed by more vivid illustrations showing that truth is not being sought by those who scream “no justice, no peace.”

    There can be no justice without truth. Lady Justice has always been depicted as blind.

  • No one has ever had the stage presence of Elvis Presley

    As far back as I can remember, Elvis was part of my life. It was a treat to go to the drive-in with the family and I clearly remember a night we saw three of his movies at the old Townview.

    For those too young to know, a drive-in is just like a DVD player for your car except the screen is huge and outside, you can only go at night, and mosquitos eat you alive in the summer.

    I just happened to be watching NBC in November of 1968 when Elvis exploded onto the screen in what is now called the “‘68 Comeback Special.”

  • Man-made rights changing our culture

    The Supreme Court handed down its opinion Friday, June 26, that same-sex marriage is a right in all 50 states. Justice Anthony Kennedy replied to the observation that this will do harm to the institution of traditional marriage by saying, “Far from seeking to devalue marriage, the petitioners seek it for themselves because of their respect and need for its privileges and responsibilities.”

  • S.C. education: Buckets, fires and computers

    Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire,” said the Irish poet William Butler Yeats.

    In South Carolina, we are spending far too much time trying to fill pails (often with holes in them) and not nearly enough time lighting fires. But the good news is that there is no better fire starter for young minds (or old ones for that matter) than a computer connected to the Internet.

    And therein lies a great hope for our state – and there are real reasons to be encouraged.

  • Team effort make Summer Aquatics a success

    Kershaw swim team (Stlngravs), and the town of Kershaw Recreation Department would like to congratulate all of the swimmers who participated in this year’s Summer Aquatics Championships. The town of Kershaw Aquatic Center proudly hosted the Aquatics this year. The event was held July 7 and 8 and seemed to run as smooth as planned. The weather was hot, but the summer afternoon showers held off until the two-day event was complete.

    All participants were awarded ribbons or medals based on their place of finish.