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Today's Opinions

  • Give the gift of a lifetime

    “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk” was once the rallying cry for an army of young people campaigning to curb impaired driving among their peers.

    In it lies a simple proposition: that friends have a special responsibility to keep each other safe and alive. And it worked.

    From the early 1980s to the mid-’90, alcohol-related crash deaths among youth plummeted by 60 percent.

    Thousands and thousands of lives saved through the selfless act of speaking up to protect another.

  • Who is the oldest person living in South Carolina?

    Question:  My grandmother will be turning 106 years old later this month. While planning how we would celebrate this event, my sister asked if I thought our grandmother was the oldest person in South Carolina.

    I did some research on the Internet and was not able to find out who the oldest living person in South Carolina is. 

    Does the Office on Aging keep up with this information and, if so, do you recognize this milestone in some way?

  • Suicide is a selfish act

    There is a question that goes, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The answer is yes. We should show love and compassion and not be selfish. Suicide is a selfish act. Those who take their lives in their own hands are only thinking about themselves, not the loved ones left behind to mourn their death.

    If you are considering suicide, stop thinking about yourself and start thinking about how you can help someone else. We are living through some hard times. Sometimes a smile will uplift someone’s day.

  • S.C. Legislature is facing challenges

    As many of you know, the S.C. Legislature meets from January until about June each year. This means about a week from now state lawmakers will be back in Columbia.

    While each year brings unexpected developments – neither Boeing nor the governor’s misdeeds were on the radar at the outset of 2009 – there are a couple of matters that will definitely get a lot of attention this year:

    Unemployment

  • Woman seeks help finding Roxie

    I am writing this letter because I want everyone to know that I lost my best friend on Oct. 27. She was friendly, playful, sweet and the love of my life. She is a golden retriever named “Roxie.” I have done everything I know to get her back.

    Maybe someone who is reading this has taken her in and doesn’t know she is mine. She is micro-chipped. Roxie was wearing a teal blue harness when she broke loose from her tags at a park in Waxhaw.

  • Practice caution celebrating new year

    It’s time to ring in a new year. In doing so, many will have partying in mind as they wind down 2009 and welcome 2010.

    Many of these parties will include alcohol, a common practice.

    New Year’s Eve, the threshold of “out with the old and in with the new,” often involves drinking alcohol.

    We don’t mean to throw cold water on celebrations, but there should be planning and caution in making a good time just that.

    We want folks to have a good time, make no mistake, but think before you drink, or drink too much.

  • Council honors a trio of stars

    Lancaster County Council recently honored a trio of state champion softball teams.

    The three Lancaster County state softball champion teams were the toast of the council chambers after their splendid summer title runs.

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission Mites soccer all-stars captured a pair of wins at James Island.

    The Lancaster County Mites stars, ages 11-12, defeated Conway 2-0 to open the state tournament and then completed the title task with a 3-2 overtime win over Beaufort.

    The tight win over Beaufort came in an overtime thriller.

  • So much depends on an accurate Census count

    Have you started making New Year’s resolutions yet? This year make a resolution that you can keep.

    Forget about going on diets; it doesn’t work. I have tried and still weigh way more than I should. This year make a resolution to promptly complete the U.S. Census form when it arrives in your mailbox in March.

    This year that should be an easy resolution. There are no more long forms. In 2010, everyone gets the short, 10-question Census form. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete the form and put back in the postage paid envelope.