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Today's Opinions

  • Clemson’s priorities are athletics, not academics

    Clemson’s priorities are athletics, not academics

    Clemson University’s Will To Lead capital campaign will allocate $200 million to 400 scholarship athletes ($500,000 per athlete) and $400 million to 16,000 non-athletes ($25,000 per student), a 20 to 1 ratio. 

    Incredibly, Clemson has spent $120 million during the past 10 years on athletic facilities or $1 million per month.

  • Ardrey deserves district award

    Bill Ardrey’s work and dedication have been deservedly rewarded. Ardrey, commissioner for the Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District, was honored earlier this year as the S.C. Association of Conservation District’s 2010 Outstanding Commissioner of the Year.

    Conservation districts are asked annually to nominate a commissioner for supporting the local-state federation conservation partnership in their county and for promoting conservation within the county.

  • Wright will finally get his name on monument

    Veterans Remembered is the fifth in a series written in support of the Veterans Monument being built for the veterans of Lancaster County in hopes it will stimulate readers to remember those veterans who touched their lives and provide support of the Veterans Monument project.
    A salute to the news media for continued support of the Veterans Monument Project and for publishing Veterans Remembered. We continue to receive a steady response of name registrations and purchase of pavers.

  • Take time today to honor your mom

    Surely we all know whom we celebrate today. But just in case you’ve somehow missed it – it’s Mother’s Day.
    It’s a day set aside to honor and pay tribute to the one who brought us into the world and tried to keep us on the right track. She’s known as mommy, mom, mother and mama. You may have even given her a nickname.
    She deserves all the recognition she can get. She’s always been there for you. She’s been your confidant, protector and mentor.

  • Friends keep friends voting

    As an elected official, I am aware how hard it can be to get some people interested in voting. In 1973, when I was able to register to vote, I had no interest whatsoever in doing so.
    My best friend, Randolph English, said, “If you do not vote, I have nothing more to say to you.”
    To maintain our friendship, in 1988, 15 years after I was eligible to register, I did so and have been an active participant ever since.

  • Quest for justice will never end

    He appeared invincible. The ruthless mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks that killed 3,000 Americans eluded capture for almost 10 years. But that changed on May 1, 2011, when U.S. Navy SEALS killed Osama bin Laden in a compound in Pakistan.
    On Sunday, shouts of joys and cheer rang out across the nation as President Barack Obama made the late-night announcement. But social media actually upstaged President Obama as Twitter sent out the first death notices.

  • I was grateful to meet ‘The’ Ira Williams

    Veterans Remembered is the fourth in a series written in support of the Veterans Monument being built for the veterans of Lancaster County in hopes it will stimulate readers to remember those veterans  who touched their lives and provide support for the Veterans Monument project.

  • Be realistic about ban on ‘sagging’

    Gen. Larry Platt and Cotton Cole share similar views on a much-controversial fashion statement: they don’t like baggy pants.
    Platt became an instant celebrity when he performed “Pants on the ground,” for “American Idol” judges last year. Cole, a Lancaster County council member, wants council to create a countywide ban on baggy pants.
    The beginning lyrics of Platt’s song goes, “Pants on the ground, Pants on the ground, Lookin’ like a fool with your pants on the ground.”