Today's Opinions

  • Line at ILHS kept couple from voting

    My husband and I are senior citizens, retired and living in Cobblestone. We have both voted since we have been able to, in many states throughout our married life, as my husband is retired military (U.S. Coast Guard) and we’ve lived in many places.

  • Brice's made impact – on and off the field

    The recent retirement of Will Brice’s No. 10 jersey at the University of Virginia drew a host of local folks, family and friends, to the special occasion at halftime of the Cavaliers’ ACC clash with the University of Miami.
    Much like news of Will’s honor, that came as no surprise. When I first heard of the honor, some folks, who were unable to attend in body, I know were there in spirit.
    Those three special folks are Will’s father, the late Laurie Brice, and his maternal grandparents, Brown and Sue Wylie.

  • We must stop domestic violence

    Imagine, your mother, daughter, sister, relative or close friend being beaten by her spouse or boyfriend.
    Imagine severe bruises on her face and body where she was punched over and over again. Imagine being hauled around with a gun held to her head.
    Imagine her having to go to work or school where she had to face co-workers and classmates. Imagine everyone talking about her but no one offers to help her.
    Imagine three months later she was found dead, beaten and raped by her partner. Imagine what you could have done to help her.

  • Veterans Day tribute to 'Ol' Harry' Slagle

    It isn’t often that someone would purposely pay tribute to a man most thought of as “just an alcoholic.” But that is precisely what I have chosen to do.
    Harry Slagle lived in a non-pretentious place called Slagle’s Happy Acres, identified by a small wooden sign hung nearby. It was little more than an old, pale green, single-room, cinder-block building, which sat off the gravel road a couple hundred yards or so from the old wooden Doby’s Bridge.

  • Former trooper defends his recreational activity

  • Educate people about government, Constitution

    Sure, this election is historic on several fronts, but this is not a time to back-slap ourselves silly. There’s enough wrong that has to be fixed in all areas of state and federal government.
    Take a quick look at the people of South Carolina. I’m totally confounded how 308,000 South Carolinians could seriously review their ballots and still select the likes of Alvin Green to be their representative. It’s disturbing. Talking heads say “they obviously voted a straight ticket.”  

  • Red Ventures rejects people with Lancaster addresses

    I have read several opinion columns about Red Ventures’ entrance to Indian Land. I am an insurance professional who is licensed in 11 states to sell life, accident and health insurance.

  • Writer: Mayor Shaw is an 'honest man'

    Congratulations to Wilma Blackmon on the letter she wrote on Mayor Joe Shaw. He is a very dedicated mayor and an honest man.
    My personal experience is I was eating in a restaurant in Lancaster. When I got to the cashier with my tray, I did not have any money. I had to tell the cashier to hold my tray until I found my wallet.
    Mayor Shaw and his loving wife, Charlotte, came to my aid. He offered to pay for my lunch. I told him I had just been to the bank, so his wife said, “Let’s go to the car and look.” There was my wallet on the front seat.