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Today's Opinions

  • Try praying, not protesting in Ferguson

    I am writing in response to the violence in Ferguson, Mo. It truly hurts me to see what is happening there. My thoughts and my prayers go out to the family of Michael Brown.

    Have we forgotten that prayer changes things, not violent protesting? It is time to “let go and let God.” Look up to where our help comes from. He answers prayers in his time, not ours.

    Help Mr. Brown’s family. Don’t hurt them in the way you are protesting.

    Peace and calm are the keys to this situation. Jesus said it, “Peace be still.”

  • The numbers reveal why S.C. roads so bad

    There is near unanimity that the condition of our state’s roads is in serious decline. However, there is debate as to why. Our roads are an asset, and as with most assets their condition can be measured by numbers.

    What follows are figures that must be considered to make South Carolina’s roads and bridges as safe and smooth as they were a generation ago.

    S.C. Taxes and Fees

    u South Carolina ranks No. 4 among 50 states in miles of state-maintained roads with 41,460 miles

    u South Carolina ranks No 3 among states in lowest fuel tax

  • 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.