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Today's Opinions

  • Sunshine vital to democracy

    When the first South Carolina Freedom of Information Act was introduced in the House of Representatives in 1971, the bill stated that “The General Assembly finds that it is vital in a democratic society that public business be performed in an open and public manner….”  The purpose of this openness is to allow citizens to “be advised of the performance of public officials… the decisions…reached and…the formulation of public policy.”

  • Use money for potholes, not raises

    Sara Eddins must be running for re-election because it seems she is buying votes by pushing for a raise for city employees. With the unemployment rate at 20 or 30 percent, everyone needs a job and a raise these days. Many of us need an extra job, too.

    If city employees think they can get a better job elsewhere, then they should go for it. They are not going to leave because there are no jobs out there yet. No one is getting a cost-of-living raise and everyone who has a job has seen the cost of health care go up.

  • Furloughing teachers worst decision yet

    I recently read an article on teacher furloughs. That is the stupidest move yet. I have been laid off and so have other some other folks. We have been forced to go back to school. It seems tougher now than I ever remember. Education is pushed at us everywhere you look. We are told to keep our kids in school. How is this to be possible when teachers are being furloughed? Our children are not getting the education they need now from overcrowded classrooms. There’s no more one-on-one. That’s vital to students, including me. Teachers are not getting a fair deal.  

  • Is Edenmoor to blame for flooding in that area?

    In response to all of the recent attention and controversy at Edenmoor, I just had to add one more angle to it.

  • Sheriff encourages public membership in program

    As sheriff of Lancaster County, I would like to discuss an issue very close to each of us – crime prevention. My office is committed to making our neighborhoods safer places to live.

    By doing so, we will improve the quality of life for individuals and families – both young and old. It is imperative that we seek progress to reduce the negative influences that crime has on our children and to help safeguard the elderly.

  • Mother praises Kenaki Karate staff for help

    I would like to start my story about my son and how we got him. We have had him since he was  9 months old. My husband and I had decided to adopt our little boy. On Feb. 8, 2008, his paw-paw died after a long illness. In March 2008, his real mother left again. On Sept. 29, 2008, my husband, who is the only real dad he had, also died.

  • Override makes committee pointless

    City Council recruits residents to serve on a voluntary committee. The members of the committee give their time to attend meetings and review certain issues.

    There are committees for zoning issues, zoning appeals and the city’s hospitality tax, for example.

  • Incinerator to waste is not green energy

    To all South Carolina residents: Now is the time to contact your state representatives to let them know we do not want to increase daily tonnage of trash and garbage that can be incinerated in our state.

    This could open the door for a great deal more trash to be imported from other states, both near and far.

    There is a reason we limited garbage that can be burned in our state, but Sen. Creighton Coleman is about to introduce legislation that will increase it from 600 tons to 1,600 tons a day, and he is doing it in the name of green energy.