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Today's Opinions

  • Freedom hard to get, easy to lose

    On Independence Day we celebrate the gift of freedom given to us 239 years ago by the founders of our great nation. Freedom is as precious as life itself.However, its true value is rarely appreciated unless it is either threatened or lost.

    July Fourth isn’t just a day off. It’s more than barbecues and parties. The Fourth of July is a time to renew your gratitude for your good fortune to be living in the greatest country in the world.

  • Speeding on U.S. 521 a real problem

    When I write about speeding vehicles on U.S. 521, I am just an old fuddy-duddy who ought to just shut up and sit back down in his rocking chair and leave the driving to those accustomed to ignoring posted speed limits.

    After all, folks have got to get to work or someplace real important.

    Some get delayed at the Shiloh-Unity Road/U.S. 521 intersection traffic light. Those stupid highway engineers install 45-mph speed signs with flashing lights to get our attention. How in the world can I use my cell phone and GPS with such a distraction?

  • American intervention worsens world wars

    South Carolina’s senior senator, Lindsay Graham has interpreted only 56 percent of his party’s vote in the last election as a mandate to run for president. Graham never misses an opportunity to zealously advocate an American foreign policy that imposes American-style democracy on countries, many of which still live contentedly in the 12th century and care little for American interventionalism and the death of American boys for democracy.

    Graham has learned nothing from our failed nation building in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Egypt.

  • Writer takes issue with hiring requirement

    This letter is in response to the June 3 article regarding the first reading of the Lancaster County budget for the 2015-2016 budget year.

    To put it mildly, I was taken aback by council member Charlene McGriff’s request and Bob Bundy’s agreement that a qualified minority be considered for the part-time position in the voter registration office.

  • IL not likely to get post office

    I enjoyed William Chick’s recent letter about the absence of a post office in Indian Land. I thought it would be appropriate to respond here.

    As a resident of Indian Land myself, I suppose it would be nice to have a post office here. However, there are a couple of reasons why our community isn’t likely to be getting one anytime soon.

    For starters, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), quite simply, is broke. The service is currently $15 billion in debt. You read that right – $15 billion.

  • Ban antibiotics in animal agriculture

    Recently, President Barack Obama directed federal agencies to serve antibiotic-free meat and poultry in government cafeterias. The Federal Drug Administration will require animal producers to obtain authorization from a licensed veterinarian to use drugs to treat a specific disease, rather than just to promote rapid growth, as is current practice. As much as 80 percent of all United States antibiotics are used in animal agriculture. 

  • Can’t we just get along?

    “I’m Doity.” He stood right in front of me at Zaxby’s, while I sat in one of three seats facing the counter and waited on my order.

    His bright brown eyes matched his skin tone and the fact that I was almost six decades older and white did not seem to concern him at all.

    Me either.

    Uninvited, he sat down right beside me and repeated, “I’m Doity.”

  • Parents should have been told about graduation lock-out rules

    I am one of more than 20 parents whom were robbed of the milestone of seeing my only son walk across the stage at graduation. His father is deceased and the only other relatives were locked out of the ceremony. Imagine how my son felt when he he got the diploma and looked in that chair for me, and it was empty. Shame on you Buford School.

    Tickets in hand as I went through the door, I informed the girl I was expecting a relative and needed to get the ticket to her. She tore my floor ticket in half and said I could get back in with that half.