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Today's Opinions

  • DeMint should have been at president’s jobs speech

    I was dismayed that our elected Sen. Jim DeMint blatantly did not attend the joint session of Congress on Sept. 8 for the president’s jobs speech. Mr. DeMint publicly stated prior to that date that he would not attend, instead he was going to the Boeing plant with the National Labor Relations Board issue.
    This arrogant gesture looks bad for the state of South Carolina. If Mr. DeMint has a better jobs plan, let’s see it. Isn’t he supposed to be representing us in Washington?

  • Embracing progress means changes

    So much talking and meeting about the Indian Land concrete plants leaves me confused. County Council waffles on the issue depending which side of the conflict has the best ammunition at its most recent session.
    Back when Indian Land was a quiet little country community, it sorta felt like having some businesses in an industrial park would be a good deal, both for jobs and the area in general.

  • Mulvaney right for opposing Jobs Act

    Letter writer Sheila Bickford asks why U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney does not support Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act. I suggest because he is fiscally responsible and will not support this anti-senior union kissing scam. She does not mention that it cuts $175 billion annually out of Social Security and Medicare, according to an Associated Press story.

  • Writer pleased with prayer at Gaffney High football game

    On Oct. 21, I attended the Lancaster Bruins football game being played at Gaffney. I was surprised when right before the game, the public address announcer asked for everyone to stand for the invocation. A young man prayed and ended his prayer with “in Christ’s name we pray.”
    I was shocked. I’ve been going to LHS football games for years and the only so-called prayer that is said before those games is a sportsmen’s creed.

  • Camp Creek Fire Department thanks supporters

    We, the officers and all the volunteers of Camp Creek Fire Department, would like to thank everyone who supported us this year through our yard sale, letter drive and even the chicken and rice sale. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all of you.
    It’s not easy to do what we do, but worth it all to help one of you in your time of need. Thanks to all our people for their hard work and time. We’re always there for our community.

    Toby Roberts, Ronnie Broughton, Bill Blackmon, Larry Parker
    Lancaster

  • Not much has changed in Senate past two years

    This is a report regarding what transpired in the S.C. General Assembly this year. In it, I attempt to cover the major issues and a few amusing ones that may be of interest.
    I returned to the Senate in April after two and a half years away and found it much as it was when I retired. The body typically completes 80 percent of its work in the last 20 percent of its available time. So, even though I was seated late in the legislative year, I had not missed much.
    Here’s what happened:
    Collards & Coons

  • Let’s make safety top priority on Halloween

    Halloween, sometimes known as Fright Night, is tomorrow. To make sure the night is truly not a scary ordeal, be sure that safety is part of the plans for the night.
    The night belongs to youngsters and safety should be observed with the little ones in mind. Before they head out, there are certain situations to consider.

  • Why hasn’t our congressman supported American Jobs Act?

    U.S. Congressman Mick Mulvaney should have the courage to put politics aside for the sake of the small business owners, firefighters, police officers, engineers, construction workers, educators and the unemployed in South Carolina. Support the American Jobs Act.
    The American Jobs Act is made up of ideas that have been supported by both Democrats and Republicans.
    The economic impact for this state is huge:
    u In South Carolina, 80,000 small business firms will receive a payroll tax cut.