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Today's Opinions

  • S.C. Republicans have an attitude

    When I was a school boy, there was a kid down the street named Rodney who had an “attitude problem,” or at least that’s what the adults called it. To me and my friends, Rodney was just a jerk.

    He had a big chip on his shoulder and was always complaining that others were taking advantage of him or whining about things not being fair to him. Rodney didn’t have any friends, and our parents pretty much forced us to include Rodney in our activities.

  • Sheriff urges drivers to make a sober plan

    Drunken driving has become a national epidemic. Each year, drunken-driving crashes kill more than 10,000 people in America. Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Liquor Law Enforcement (NLLEA) and the Coalition for Healthy Youth and S.C. Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) this holiday season, to reach out to all drivers with an important message about this deadly, preventable crime because buzzed driving is drunk driving.

  • Good boards worth their weight in gold

    Editor’s note: This column was originally published in the J. Marions Sims Foundation newsletter and is reprinted with the foundation’s permission.

    Election season finally ended last month and many of us have breathed a huge sigh of relief.

    We’re spared the crush of ads, posters, commercials and calls for various candidates – until the next election cycle begins, which for presidential candidates will likely be sometime in the first half of 2015. Election campaigns never seem to end; they just go on and on and on.

  • What goes around does come around

    Shucks, I was just standing in the grocery check-out line with several items in my buggy and I noticed a young man with a couple of things in his hand.

    Well, at my age, I don’t have too many urgent items on my agenda, so I suggested he go around me and not have to wait.

    Well sir, he thanked me before moving ahead and then he thanked me after checking out. I thought he was kind since some folks move on and move out.

  • Journalist clears doubt about Santa

    Lancaster resident Rhonda Hodge said she was familiar with the 1897 column, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” by Frances Pharcellus Church that was published in The New York Sun.

    However, Hodge was unfamiliar with how it came about, saying she would love to share its background with others.

    Hodge laments that many people today are so enamored with celebrities that she hopes they, too, will become familiar with the background of this famous column.

  • Flimflammers and scalawags in county

    In the early 1950s there were flimflam men rambling the countryside taking advantage of the elderly and widow women. My father worked at the mill in Kershaw and got all the news a week before it was in the paper. Daddy passed the news to us 10 children and mama at supper every night so we would be aware of such people.

    We had to look after Grandma and her two sisters, Sally and Carrie, who lived 300 yards up the road in the big house. We lived in a tenant house under the hill and got our water from a spring, but we had a nice three-hole toilet.

  • Afraid for my own generation

    Afraid for

    my own

    generation

    Being 16 years old in 2014 has its benefits. I could not imagine living back in the technological “stone age,” so to speak, where not everyone owned TVs, computers or cell phones. However, there are far more bad things about growing up in this age than good. The human race, for the most part, seems to be going down the evolutionary ladder in terms of intellect. Probably more than half of my generation does not understand vital things that they need to know to be productive members of society.

  • Why election results will affect education

    There’s a reasonable tendency among Americans to view the education of their kids as an exclusively local issue and distinct to their communities.

    After all, school buildings are constant fixtures in neighborhoods, sports teams play cross-town rivals and the vast majority of public students still attend schools based solely on zip code.