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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Thank you, Indian Land, for care, generosity after devastating fire

    To the Indian Land community:
    It has been less than a month since we lost our home to a massive fire. We are truly thankful that our family is safe, which is the most important aspect of this whole experience.
    We would like to express our thanks to the Indian Land community for all of the support during this difficult time. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for all of your generous donations of time, household goods, clothing, money, gift certificates and the like.  

  • Column: Not too late to recover from poor leadership

    As we head toward Memorial Day 2016, I am not only thinking of fellow veterans who have fallen but thinking of the 56 Founding Fathers who signed  a document almost 240 years ago that changed the world.
    The last sentence of the Declaration of Independence ends with “...we mutually pledge to each other our Lives,  our Fortunes and our sacred honor.”

  • Letter: To save a life, adopt a pet

    I am writing this letter on behalf of all animals in kill shelters. Our animals are being murdered. I beg the public to adopt these animals.
    I had one of the smartest cats to ever live. He could talk. His voice is on file with UNC Charlotte. He was on the TV show “That’s Incredible.” He made national news. YouTube search “Blackie the Talking Cat, Cat vs. Court” on your computer.
    But this letter is not about my cat. It is to save animals from kill shelters. Animals have personalities, just like humans.

  • Column: For fed-up GOP voter, it’s Trump or nobody

    I am tired of listening to all the GOP whiners about Donald Trump and his movement to make America great again.
    Regardless of how you feel about Mr. Trump, his rise as the frontrunner for the Republican Party’s nomination signals a strong popular voice in the United States – a voice for change from the status quo.  

  • Letter: Voters likely won’t forgive candidate McCoy’s missteps

    The attack on Brian Melton in Friday’s newspaper is another example of what we have come to expect from rabid left-wing Democratic operatives like Michael Jedson.
    Mr. Jedson and his ilk preach tolerance, but only insofar as those who agree with them. Anyone who disagrees with the liberal orthodoxy of the day is immediately branded as an intolerant bigot.

  • Letter: I know something about law enforcement officers

    I am responding to Michael Jedson’s letter in Friday’s paper about the Billy McCoy situation, which called me uninformed about police procedures.
    My father was W.M. “Doc” Estridge. He was a city and county police officer from the 1950s until he retired in the ‘70s. My son, Deputy James Brent McCants, was 23 years old when he was shot and murdered on Dave Lyle Boulevard in Rock Hill in the line of duty on Sept. 25, 1992. Brent was a sheriff’s deputy for York County. He also worked for the city of Rock Hill.

  • Letter: Thanks for the fond memories of childhood marble shooting

    I would like to thank Mr. W.B. Evans for his May 1 article concerning the sometimes-ruthless game of “keepers” marble shooting. It brought back some fond and funny memories to this 66-year-old, and my right thumbnail still retains that shooter’s indented groove.

    Sam Wilson
    Lancaster

  • Column: Give Local: Fundraising goes digital

    One of my favorite children’s books is Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” which chronicles the life of a child growing up beside a tree.
    It is a story of how the tree provides for the boy throughout his lifetime. First the tree offers apples, then climbing branches, finally shade and rest for the older man as he reflects on his life. In this tale, the tree is the teacher or coach, the boy is the student. Viewed another way, the tree is the community, the boy its citizen.