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Today's Opinions

  • S.C., Not a nation, not an insane asylum?

    While waiting in line for the Jungle Cruise ride at Walt Disney World several years ago, I talked with a charming family from upstate New York. It was the first trip to the Sunshine State for the 11-year-old girl, her mother and father.

    They were excited and chatted freely. Until they asked where we were from. At the moment I got South Carolina out of my mouth, the three almost collectively took a step back. And the chatting stopped.

    The gesture was so obvious it surprised me. I couldn’t figure out why I suddenly became so offensive.

  • Step up, help Habitat for Humanity

    Habitat for Humanity offers the chance to realize the ultimate American dream – home ownership.

    To keep that vision alive locally, the Habitat for Humanity is in need of public support.

    Volunteers are always a need, but local Habitat officials need other items to help at construction sites.

    Habitat is in need of tools to help with area projects.

    Contractors come and help with projects and use their own tools, but Habitat officials don’t want them to wear out their own tools.

  • Our outbursts may seem radical to some

    I enjoyed The Lancaster News editor Barbara Rutledge’s recent column on South Carolina and how South Carolinians project ourselves to other folks.

    My children attended the University of South Carolina and some years back, I figured I had borne the financial burden of their education, the least they could do was to provide me with one of those fancy license tags honoring USC. I even got a car that is about as close to garnet as they make.

  • Agency brings medical care to remote areas

    As the debate over health care reform dominates the scene of United States politics, millions of Americans continue to face uncertainty about the future of their health coverage. This uncertainty, however, continues to have more critical and dire consequences for those 45 million Americans without any type of health insurance, especially those currently facing health problems. Accessing alternative means for primary care, such as the Remote Area Medical Clinic, have become the norm for thousands of Americans.

  • S.C. reflects stimulus expenditures on the Web

    South Carolinians who want to see where federal stimulus dollars are going can now do so with a few clicks of a mouse.

    On Sept. 17, my office began posting specific stimulus spending details on the Web, making information about federal stimulus spending in South Carolina easily available to anyone with Web access. We are one of just a small handful of states nationwide to put individual stimulus expenditures at people’s fingertips.

  • Kudos to store clerks

    It’s not often that you hear about a law enforcement sting where no one gets stung. But that’s just what happened here on Sept. 21 when the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office conducted an operation to see whether local convenience stores were checking the identifications of the people trying to buy alcohol.

    In this operation, someone under the age of 21 working undercover with the sheriff’s office visited local convenience stores and attempted to buy alcohol. The sheriff’s office has conducted similar operations in the past.

  • Marsh tacky horse 'true South Carolina native'

    The Catawba Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is supporting the marsh tacky horse for S.C. State Heritage Horse. Because of the lack of support from our state representatives, the chapter thinks the people of South Carolina need to know more about this horse. One state representative even said he would not support the horse because it was ugly and he did not care what happened to the breed.

  • Yard debris can be fatal to your pets

    It’s fall again, the time of year when the mornings are cool and the nights can be quite frosty. It’s time for pumpkins, county fairs, candy apples, falling leaves, dried up pine straw and snakes.

    Snakes are on the move looking for their winter den in which to hunker down in for the long winter to come. But while they are looking for that den they are scouting out that pile of leaves you haven’t gotten around to burning yet. They like those piles because mice are looking for a winter home too, so where you have mice you will have snakes.