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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Kind act restores reader’s faith in goodness of people

    I hope that this reaches the kind person who recently found some medications in a shopping cart at the Indian Land Walmart and was kind enough to take them to the pharmacy inside the store.
    I had inadvertently left them in my cart after unloading some other items and was on my way home before I realized they were not in my car. Needless to say, I was more than concerned.
    Please know you have helped restore my confidence in the goodness of people and I am excited as I look toward paying your good deed forward.

    Clyde McFadden

  • Letter: Americans’ blind trust in President Trump worries reader

    I am worried because so many people in America have put their trust in Donald Trump with very little information on Mr. Trump’s background. They may soon be disappointed with Trump’s grandiose promises and then soon become entirely discouraged with American democracy.
    Donald Trump has a record of breaking his promises. His has broken his promises with all of his wives.  Trump has consistently exaggerated his wealth and business success. His personal life and his business life are always in turmoil. We must not have turmoil in the White House.

  • Column: Changing our ‘back of the pack’ mentality

    South Carolina is unique. We are not like other states – partly because of our history, our culture and our politics.
    One of our historic legacies is what one writer called our debilitating inferiority complex. It is best summed up by the often-heard phrase “if it’s a list of good things, we are on the bottom, and if it’s a list of bad things, we are on the top.” Put another way, “thank God for Mississippi,” as they always seem to be worse off than we are.

  • Column: What’s the official state waste of time?

    South Carolina, like most states, has a state flag, a state flower (Yellow Jessamine), a state bird (Carolina Wren) and not one but two state songs (“Carolina” and “South Carolina on My Mind”).
    Dum Spiro Spero is one of our two state mottoes. Now, if House Bill 3078 should pass, that Latin phrase (“While I breathe, I hope”) would also become the official state anthem. An anthem is supposed to have a tune, right? The bill provides no music.

  • Column: Overcoming what divides our country

    I am narrow-minded. Some would use different words, such as bigoted, prejudiced, exclusive or hateful.
    But please hear me out before you make that judgment.
    There is an unquestionable, obvious divide in our country. This divide has been identified in several different ways: racial, political, ideological, philosophical, religious, etc. I would agree that you can certainly identify each of these divides in our contemporary culture.

  • Letter: Sen. Scott celebrates Black History Month

    Editor’s note: Tim Scott is the only African-American ever elected to both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, and is the first African-American senator elected from a Southern state since Reconstruction.

    From Benjamin Banneker to Martin Luther King Jr., and Muddy Waters to Stevie Wonder, black Americans have contributed immensely to the history, story, and very soul of our nation.
    That journey has often been faced with hardships, but has also produced some amazing results.

  • Letter: Tears and tantrums abound from the left

    When the left doesn’t get their way, they act like little babies, crying and throwing tantrums. (My apologies to real babies.)
    If all the tears cried by the Hollywood babies were collected, the drought in California would be over.
    About 70 leftist members of Congress boycotted President Trump’s inauguration. I guess it worked out better, because where would they find room for all those huge baby strollers? Besides, these congressmen and women being so full of it, who would want to change their diapers?

  • Letter: Help with research on Fork Hill Baptist

    From 1937-39, the federal Works Progress Administration created inventories of S.C. church archives. The inventory for Fork Hill Baptist Church in Heath Springs states that the oldest extant minutes book spanned the years 1826 to December 1880.
    I visited the Fork Hill Church office a number of years ago and the oldest book available was the next one on the list, which spans the years 1881-94. I checked back recently, and the church does not know what happened to the earlier book.