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Today's Opinions

  • Democrats lost sight of people they serve

    Why were the Democrats defeated? And make no mistake about it – this wasn’t a win for Republicans; this election was an anti-Democrat vote.
    The Republicans only prevailed because the various tea party movements didn’t coalesce into a third party. If they had, the Republicans would not be enjoying their new-found majority.

  • Our emergency managers talk-the-talk, walk-the-walk

    It is vividly sun-drenched and a swelteringly warm afternoon in the crowded San Antonio, Texas, hamlet called the River Walk, as Air Force blue suits and civilian counterparts, including myself, casually walked around the halls of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
    Air Force Emergency Management experts recently joined about 2,500 others, representing the best military and civilians from around the world, at the 58th International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) conference.

  • Students reason for Rambler's success

    Rambler Day, one of the highlights of the Lancaster High School academic year, is met with much anticipation each spring.
    The LHS school term is well-chronicled in the yearbook and students always look forward to its arrival on Rambler Day.
    The 2010 Rambler, as it turns out, is extra special.
    The Lancaster High School annual was recently chosen as the best yearbook in the state by the S.C. Scholastic Press Association.
    The Rambler also won the Palmetto Award for finishing tops in Class III, its division.

  • Flag display was not appropriate

    Why did our local post office fly our national flag at half staff on Nov. 10 and 11? Did a directive come from Washington? Did President Barack Obama issue a proclamation? Have the rules of flag etiquette been changed?
    If this is in commemoration of Veterans Day, it is not an appropriate display of the flag.
    Veterans Day is a day to honor our veterans – not a day of mourning our dead.
    We honor the memory of our deceased veterans on Memorial Day. On that day, the flag is flown at half staff until noon and then it is raised to the top of the staff.

  • Class reunion like being a kid on Christmas morning

    The 1965 Barr Street High School class reunion was a blessing in disguise. Robert Cureton, our class president, was right when he said, “It was like being a kid on Christmas morning.” I hope our classmates felt the same way.

  • Time to end frivolous lawsuits

    Does our South Carolina court system provide justice for all? Or does the system leave some feeling victimized by the very system we trust to provide justice? Is there a need for reform in our state’s judicial system?
    Maybe you know someone who has been victimized by a system that fails to hold attorneys accountable for the suits they file in our court system. Frivolous suits, even if dismissed, can cause unwarranted stress and financial burdens for the innocent victim. Should justice put the burden on the innocent? Or should justice punish the guilty?

  • Slagle’s niece grateful for recognition

    I would like to thank Don McCorkle for his Veteran’s Day editorial remembering “Ol’ Harry Slagle.” Harry was my uncle, my mother’s brother, and they were very close.
    Harry loved “Happy Acres” and he spent three-fourths of the year there. In the winter months, he lived in a small camper next to our house so Mama could cook for him and make sure he was warm.
    Harry never talked about his experience as a POW and he lived a very simple, almost secluded life.

  • It's time for tough decision on fire district

    From the halls of Congress to the halls in small towns, the message is clear: No more taxes.  No one wants to pay more in taxes. But when there is a dire need and no way to pay for it, sometimes that is the only answer.
    Such is the case in Indian Land. There is an effort under way to create an Indian Land Fire Protection District. The district would buy new equipment, station furnishings and fund new and existing firefighters.