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Today's Opinions

  • My-way-or-no-way attitude is not good for United States

    Like most folks, I’ve been a bit put out with our Congress lately. It seems like they’ve put ideology before the well-being of the American citizens they are supposed to represent. Their mindset seems to be, “Well, if I can’t get everything I want, then nobody’s going to get anything.”

  • U.S. becoming socialist society

    In his guest column in the Nov. 13 edition Michael Jedson asked why he should support Congressman Mick Mulvaney.
    Mr. Jedson, you can’t support Mulvaney, and you never will. You are against school vouchers because you don’t want to see competitiveness working in our school system.
    You are against tax reform unless you get more taxes to allow more spending. You are against Cut, Cap and Balance for the same reason. You are against a balanced budget.

  • 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.