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Today's Opinions

  • We must be a part of the solution

    As Americans why do we blame everything on the president? Is it just that we must create a scapegoat to feel good about ourselves. Do we need someone or something to blame for every situation that occurs in America so we don’t have to get involved?
    Our  economic issues and government problems did not occur over night. The current president nor any other president can fix these problems in just four years. At least we have a president who is trying to make changes, whether we agree or not.

  • Don't let mishaps ruin your holidays

    There is nothing like the glow of Christmas tree lights or a flickering candle to put you in the holiday spirit. But if you’re not careful, that glow could turn destructive – even deadly.
    We don’t mean to put a damper on this joyous season. However, fire officials say this time of the year is one of the most dangerous times for fires caused by holiday decorating.

  • Langleys grateful for community support

    On Sept. 15, 2010, our families’ lives were turned upside down by one simple word – cancer. If you, your family, your friend or a loved one has ever been stricken by this ugly disease, you’ll know that this  letter is heartfelt and sincere.
    Jamie, a husband of 17 years and father of three children, was diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer. What we have learned from our experience is that life must go on. We still worship, still raise our children, still attend our boys’ ballgames, still work and take care of household duties.

  • The war definitely is not over

    Dec. 20 will mark the 150th anniversary of the signing of the secession document declaring that South Carolina would no longer be a part of the United States of America.
    Those who think the war is over need only to look at physical evidence and conditions of our modern society. If the war is over, why does the front entrance of South Carolina’s capitol building in Columbia face south, representing the turning of our back on the federal government?

  • Jonathan Cook, a true hero

    “A true American hero.” That’s how Jim Moreland describes Jonathan Cook, a longtime Kershaw resident who is immensely respected and endeared by people who know him. Some people might describe Cook as a disabled Vietnam veteran. It’s an accurate description in the sense that Cook didn’t come back from Vietnam as the man he was when he got there in the mid-1960s.

  • Shoppers should Think Lancaster First this holiday season

    With Christmas lights up and a bevy of area holiday parades this weekend, it’s definitely starting to look and even feel, with the recent dip in temperatures, like Christmas here in Lancaster County.
    Now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing, we’d like to remind shoppers to Think Lancaster First.
    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s shop local initiative is also in full swing, with 44 local businesses taking part in the Think Lancaster First effort.

  • Writer praises McGriff for her stance

    Lancaster County Councilwoman Charlene McGriff brings a breath of fresh air to county government. Betcha the folks looking for work have found someone in local government who is concerned about their welfare. 
    Councilwoman McGriff questioned a government program (One Stop),  which apparently operates on its own behalf, giving very little help to those who need it.
    Funny, in a way, how other council members immediately jumped on the bandwagon to show their concern once the cat was out of the bag.

  • What kind of IL fire department do you want?

    This column is in response to J.R. Wilt’s recent comments on the Indian Land Fire Protection District.
    I take issue with Mr. Wilt’s assertion that firefighting is a part-time occupation. With the amount of training and time required to maintain certifications and the difficulty of recruiting volunteers, firefighting is becoming a full-time paid occupation.