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Today's Opinions

  • NFL could always use another dose of sportsmanship

    I’m always excited to see Clemson or University of South Carolina athletes ascend to the NFL, but it was particularly thrilling to watch former Gamecock quarterback Connor Shaw play in the preseason Monday Night Football matchup between the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins.

    Mr. Shaw, who wasn’t picked up in the NFL Draft but was signed by the Browns as a free agent, delivered a sterling performance. As one of three Cleveland quarterbacks to play in the game, he completed an impressive eight passes in nine attempts for 123 yards and a touchdown.

  • S.C.’s road funding system is tearing up my vehicle

    Recently, I drove to Carthage, N.C., to see some old friends. From Columbia, I took U.S. 1 from Camden through McBee to Cheraw, then into North Carolina.

    I’ve driven on bad roads before. I’ve driven in the American northeast, where melted snow seeps into the pavement and cracks it all winter long. I’ve driven in the Scottish Highlands, where many of the roads can’t really be called roads at all.

  • Now is time to ask questions

    I am puzzled. The general election is less than two months away, governmental problems abound, but no one seems to be upset or saying anything.

    This is when politicians can be held accountable – virtually the only time voters have any direct say.

    On election day, the winners will be elected and voters will generally be unable to vote them out for four years. Now is the time to make politicians explain what they plan to do if elected, yet no one is asking any questions.

  • ALS stole Fair’s mobility, but it did not steal his spirit

    Over the past couple of months, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has brought an increased awareness to the disease. My awareness of ALS began when my father, Alex Fair Jr., was diagnosed with ALS on March 29, 2011. Our lives were forever changed when he received the diagnosis.

    If by chance you are not aware of ALS, it stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes muscle weakness, paralysis and respiratory failure.

  • What the Bible says about working

    We recently celebrated Labor Day. The Bible gives many examples of good workers.  God is the greatest workman of all, having “made the heavens, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein.” Someday, he will create new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

  • Clear choice for solicitor is defined

    This is a partial response to Sandy McGarry’s article, “Local voters have clear choice in solicitor’s race,” in the Aug. 31 edition of The Lancaster News.

    Ms. McGarry states that her candidate, Randy Newman, is a “passionate” prosecutor. This implies to me that he is a “soft” prosecutor who would not waste time indicting criminals, but let them go on “probation” to free up the backlog of pending criminal cases in our 6th Circuit.

  • Drivers should respect stopped school buses
  • Abandoned shopping carts creates havoc in parking lots

    John Richard’s letter addressing  the ills displayed by grocery store shoppers in the Aug. 31 edition of The Lancaster News probably earned him “Atta Boys” from readers all over the region.