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Today's Opinions

  • DeMint lacks compassion for veterans

    On Veterans Day, I was shocked and angered to read in a military
    newspaper that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) had voted against the Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
    DeMint’s criticism was directed at the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors section that would give tax credits of $2,400 to $9,600 to employers for hiring unemployed veterans.

  • Thank you, Sgt. Thompson

    My Army battalion was on a required yearly field training exercise. The full moon gave off enough light that I could clearly identify soldiers moving in the cold windy Oklahoma night. Personally, I wasn’t very thrilled to be there at all. It was hard to leave the comfort of a warm home and go out and play soldier.

  • Optimistic about future of America

    Richard Eckstrom is comptroller general of South Carolina.

  • Harvery Stewart did things right

    On a recent visit to Gaffney’s Reservation, I told my son, Jackson, this was my first visit to this Gaffney High football field.
    He asked me about the old Reservation, Gaffney’s former football field. Of course, I told him about the famed “Gaffney tunnel,” the passage through the old stadium to the field. I experienced the tunnel as a player and fan.
    “One thing you wanted to do was make sure you had your helmets on tight when you ran through the tunnel,” I told him.

  • Your dog did not have to die

    I watched your dog die today. The one you brought home as a puppy, so cute, so cuddly. The one you vowed to care for and love and nurture.
    Your dog died today. The one whose mind was a clean slate, waiting for you to write the words that would help him live his life as a good dog.
    Your dog died today. The one you could not bring yourself to bother with; the one you put out in the yard and ignored.

  • Obama, friends are what ail our country

    President Barack Obama gave another campaign speech at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedication.
    He made statements that if Martin Luther King Jr. was here today, he would have said etc., etc., etc. What a lousy thing to do when that person is no longer able to verify what he would say. 
    Obama keeps blaming the previous administration, Wall Street and the big banks for the failed economy.
    He fails to mention that it was his administration that gave billions of tax dollars that we did not have to those very banks and Wall Street firms.

  • This NBA fan bummed over lockout

    I became upset while driving through Uptown Charlotte on a recent Saturday night.
    The source of anger, you ask?
    A sign that directs drivers and pedestrians to Time Warner Cable Arena, where the Charlotte Bobcats play.
    That sign immediately reminded me of the ongoing NBA lockout that has pitted team owners against the players. As billionaires fight millionaires over how the league’s revenue should be split, the result is that no NBA games will be played in the foreseeable future.

  • Ask candidates important questions

    This month, voters in towns and cities across the state will go to the polls to choose their local leadership for the next several years.
    Men and women who aspire to public service are out shaking hands, putting up signs and distributing campaign handouts.
    While local elections may not be as high-profile as the races for many state and federal offices, they’re important nonetheless. Your town or city council makes lots of decisions that impact you, from the taxes you pay to the quality of life you enjoy.