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Today's Opinions

  • Veterans Day tribute to 'Ol' Harry' Slagle

    It isn’t often that someone would purposely pay tribute to a man most thought of as “just an alcoholic.” But that is precisely what I have chosen to do.
    Harry Slagle lived in a non-pretentious place called Slagle’s Happy Acres, identified by a small wooden sign hung nearby. It was little more than an old, pale green, single-room, cinder-block building, which sat off the gravel road a couple hundred yards or so from the old wooden Doby’s Bridge.

  • Former trooper defends his recreational activity

  • Educate people about government, Constitution

    Sure, this election is historic on several fronts, but this is not a time to back-slap ourselves silly. There’s enough wrong that has to be fixed in all areas of state and federal government.
    Take a quick look at the people of South Carolina. I’m totally confounded how 308,000 South Carolinians could seriously review their ballots and still select the likes of Alvin Green to be their representative. It’s disturbing. Talking heads say “they obviously voted a straight ticket.”  

  • Red Ventures rejects people with Lancaster addresses

    I have read several opinion columns about Red Ventures’ entrance to Indian Land. I am an insurance professional who is licensed in 11 states to sell life, accident and health insurance.

  • Writer: Mayor Shaw is an 'honest man'

    Congratulations to Wilma Blackmon on the letter she wrote on Mayor Joe Shaw. He is a very dedicated mayor and an honest man.
    My personal experience is I was eating in a restaurant in Lancaster. When I got to the cashier with my tray, I did not have any money. I had to tell the cashier to hold my tray until I found my wallet.
    Mayor Shaw and his loving wife, Charlotte, came to my aid. He offered to pay for my lunch. I told him I had just been to the bank, so his wife said, “Let’s go to the car and look.” There was my wallet on the front seat.

  • Election makes history in S.C.

    A week ago, the ground moved.  Not literally, of course. But the Nov. 2 election was obviously a huge one for the Republican Party.
    Nationwide, the GOP made impressive gains, most notably in the U.S. Congress, where Republicans gained control of the House and reduced the Democratic majority in the Senate.
    Republicans also made impressive gains in state legislature races across the country – something that will give the party an edge when redistricting is done based on the 2010 Census numbers.

  • We learned some lessons this election

    First, let me say thank you to the people who worked the polls on Tuesday.  We had more than 160 people who went through the training and were there from 6 a.m. to after 8 p.m., with several staying almost to 10 p.m.
    We have a group of dedicated public servants working with us on election day who catch a lot of heat for long lines and slow machines that they have absolutely no control over. But I had no complaints about anyone who was not treated with the utmost care. For that I say thank you.

  • Thank men, women who serve our country

    Our men and women fight under red, white and blue.
    They fight to defend me and you. A lot of them have gave their all. This country must never fall. We must defend her under all costs.
    America stands for what is right and to defend her, our men and women must fight.
    God bless our country, red, white and blue.
    And to all our servicemen and women, we thank you.

    Carl M. Miles
    Lancaster