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Today's Opinions

  • Why isn’t drunk driver still in jail?

    On Jan. 8, my daughter and I were the first ones on the scene of an accident on Harrisburg Road in Indian Land.
    The driver, William Justin Rigsbee of Indian Land, was drunk and there were open containers in the vehicle and all over the road.
    My 10-year-old daughter found the passenger, Steve Lee Jones of Charlotte, in a ditch. He had been thrown from the vehicle, which had flipped. The passenger died there. This was very traumatic for my daughter.
    I just found out that the drunk driver has been released from jail on bond.   

  • Oliver deserves to lead patrol

    Lancaster native Mike Oliver knew years ago as a mere teen he wanted to work in law enforcement.
    He just didn’t know his love for enforcing the law would lead him to the top of his profession in the Palmetto State.
    It has, as Oliver is now commander of the S.C. Highway Patrol after being named to the elite post in December by Leroy Smith, director of the S.C. Department of Public Safety.
    “I never dreamed that I would one day be the colonel,” Oliver said. “I’m honored. I know it’s a great responsibility.”

  • Celebrate Super Bowl responsibly

    Super Bowl Sunday is all about coming together with friends and family to watch the big game and the commercials, while you eat, drink and cheer. Your neighbors at Anheuser-Busch and B & B Distributors also want to remind adult football fans to celebrate responsibly, whether you’re at a restaurant, bar or house party.

  • Congress interested in obstruction, not governance

    I would like to throw my two cents worth on a few random things.
    Frequent contributors to the letters section in this newspaper, such as Rudy Schmidt, Ronald Hopkins, Nicholas Pasquine and other neo-conservatives, like to blame this country’s economic woes on Democrats. This is a rather simplistic and biased viewpoint.

  • Those living with Alzheimer’s need support

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released its draft framework for a National Alzheimer’s Plan, one year after the signing of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. The bill was supported 100 percent by all members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.
    The effort to bring the disease to the forefront of national consciousness is a driving force for millions of caregivers whose loved ones have been stricken by this disease.

  • No one is totally safe

    Are you a warrior or a victim? That was the question Maj. Matt Shaw, undersheriff at Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, presented to those at a personal safety awareness class. A need for such a class was necessitated by the recent rage of violent attacks in Lancaster County.
    Just days after Christmas, Kershaw resident Hope Melton was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and brutally beaten to death with a baseball bat. Her body was thrown in a desolate area known for coyotes and other animals.

  • Uncontrolled target shooting in residential areas dangerous

    Editor’s note: Indian Land resident Colin Wilson sent this letter to the members of Lancaster County Council regarding target shooting in residential areas.
    Ihave read that you are considering an ordinance concerning residents shooting on their private property.
    I am a resident of Indian Land, a longtime National Rifle Associaion member, an avid skeet, trap, rifle and pistol shooter, as is my wife. We live on McFalls Drive off Carolina Acres Road in Indian Land. More than half of our neighbors are NRA members, hunters and shooters.

  • It’s time for us to repair the world

    We live in a world where world peace is possible. We also live in a world that could collapse at any moment. “If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” Mark 3:25.
    We live in a world that includes everyone regardless of citizenship, ethnicity, gender, income or merit. Homo sapien, our species, literally means “wise man.” Are we worthy of being called wise? Based on millenniums of death and destruction a more worthy name should be “dumb man.”