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Today's Opinions

  • Unemployment benefits issue a misunderstanding

    By the time this hits print, the General Assembly will already have reconvened to take up one specific topic – extended unemployment benefits.

    Somewhere in the 1,200-page federal stimulus bill, there was an opportunity for South Carolina to obtain funds for an additional 20 weeks of benefits by changing the measure used to trigger emergency jobless benefits, which states give out during times of high unemployment.

  • Parent asks smokers to stop smoking on ball fields

    I’m writing as a concerned parent. We have great sports programs for our children in Lancaster. It’s so good to have a place for families to play and have a good time. I’d like to ask the parents and adults to refrain from smoking at the ball fields. There are children there who suffer from asthma and adults who have breathing problems.

    It would be great to have a place to go that is smoke free for all to enjoy. It would also set a good example for the children to have a smoke-free place to play.

  • Obama not listening to advice about Afghanistan

    In May of 2009, President Barack Obama handpicked Lt. Gen. Stanley McCrystal to command our troops in Afghanistan. The general carried with him the president’s new strategy for winning the war. Obama explained this strategy in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Aug. 17, saying,“Our new strategy has a clear mission and defined goals – to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies.”

  • Veterans have paid the cost of freedom

    Lancaster resident Earl Gainey held a miniature American flag in one hand and Ginger’s leash in the other as they waited for the Veterans Day parade to begin on Saturday. Clear skies and bright sun made it a perfect day for a parade.

    Gainey and his pet dog were there to show support for Gainey’s son and other veterans participating in the parade.

    People started to line the sidewalks. Stachia Sistare handed out the miniature American flags. The crowd cheered and waved the flags as veterans rode by.

  • Newspaper giving wrong impression of absentee voters

    The amount of attention paid to the number of absentee requests for the Nov. 3 general election is a farce. In the Oct. 25 editorial, “Just how credible is mystery candidate?,” there are some statements made in paragraphs seven, 19 and 20 that I think are slanderous.

    Paragraph seven lists the areas where the highest concentration of absentee ballots were coming from, according to the voter registration office.

  • Education accountability remains strong in state

    South Carolina has been a leader in education accountability for more than a decade.

    Well before Congress imposed the burdensome requirements of No Child Left Behind, our state, unlike most, had set its own very challenging goals, combining high standards, demanding assessments, ambitious achievement targets and accountability for results in a comprehensive system often praised as an example for the nation.

  • Michigan looks to SC for guidance on transparency

     In late October, I was honored to be contacted by leaders of the Michigan state legislature who had heard about my office’s government transparency efforts and hope to emulate those efforts in their own state. 

  • County needs company like Springs

    When I was 16 years old I went to work for Springs Industries. I was a clean up, blow-off hand on the second shift in the weave room. I worked for Springs most of my working life. It was the place to work.

    All of us who worked for Springs had a job that we knew was going to give us full-time work. I worked hard and tried to make the most of my job. I was fortunate enough to get a number of appointments in supervision.