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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • A ghastly reminder of the consequences of inaction

    Reminders are a good thing in life. The more poignant the reminder, the more effective it becomes in its work of reminding. Reminders of evil in human history cry out to contemporary culture for relentless vigilance.

    Disaster lurks on the horizon for those societies who become inoculated to these reminders. The question remains whether we will hear the cry of alarm. I was recently confronted with a blistering reminder of the darkness and ruin of the human heart.

  • Does the flag still wave?

    Long after the Battle of Gettysburg, the Stars and Bars have been forced into Neverland. I guess some will rejoice as the flag is retired to a dusty corner of history or, more likely, to a forgotten saga of this nation’s growth.

    In the future, some will remember the nine who lost their lives at the hands of a deranged zealot. Others will remember the man who committed the crime. Time will cloud the issue for many and, for some, there will be more dragons to slay.

  • Don’t wipe out our history

    Don’t wipe out our history

    I agree with W.B. Evans regarding his letter on the Confederate flag.

    Our country’s history is being wiped out of the history books. When are the American people going to realize what is happening to our country? We need to take our country back.

    Whatever people don’t like, they want to remove it and hide their heads in the sand and say it never happened. Next, they will be telling us the Holocaust never happened, and I do believe there are many out there who don’t believe it now.

  • Graham may be more help in getting IL its own post office

    Recently, our U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-5) responded to a request by me for a post office in our community of Indian Land with a letter to the newspaper editor. Mulvaney noted he did not want Congress involved in postal decisions and that it needed to spend time taking care of our “economy, the debt, national defenses, health care and highways.”

    Thank you for your work in all these failed programs in our great country.