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Today's Opinions

  • Miles letter: A tribute to a friend

    This letter is about one of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet. Larry Small and his beautiful daughter run the South 200 Grill.
    When I was about 16 or 17 years old, I carhopped for Larry’s father, Clifford, who was also someone you would have wanted to meet.
    I also grew up and played football with Larry. He was one guy you did not want to tackle you, as he did me a couple of times.
    Larry greets everyone and treats them with dignity.

  • Miller column: Why do we hate?

    Hate is a harsh word for a harsh emotion. Some may hate you because you’re black or because you’re white. Others may hate you because you’re Christian or Jewish. They may hate you because you’re gay or straight. Maybe it’s because you’re tall, short, fat, thin, pretty, ugly, red-skinned, yellow-skinned, smart, stupid. They may hate you just because you are different than them. I could go on ad infinitum, but you get the point.

  • Koffman column: Beware of S.C. HOAs

    From the mountains to the shore, South Carolina has much to offer. What it fails to offer are laws to protect the estimated 1.5 million people living in a community governed by a homeowners association.
    Here’s a sampling of what can happen to you if you live in an HOA-governed community in this state. Imagine your reaction if you were a victim:
    • A developer reigns as head of your HOA for nearly half a century, practicing a “dictator” management style.

  • Evans letter: Plenty of litter all over Lancaster County

    Yes, Susan Ferrara, there are laws against littering here. The real rub comes catching the offender in the act. Down here in middle Lancaster County, the litter problem also exists and throughout our state.
    Why, there are Bubba and the boys tossing their bags, wrappers and soft drink containers in the back of the old pickup. Shucks, Bubba don’t like junk in the bed of his truck; he hits the gas pedal and the trash disappears onto your beautiful Indian Land and my middle Lancaster lawn.

  • Burwell column: Keep our nation’s school lunches healthy

    Every parent has dreams for their child. We want them to grow up strong and healthy. We tell them to dream big and work hard so that they can be anything they want to be. We want them to take the world by storm.

  • Schmidt column: United Nations is a farce

    I am sure that you saw from your news source the report from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women released March 20.
    It was a nice 17-page document that will warm you up on a cold evening.
    Just remember, it is not what your news source tells you that is important, it most likely is what they do not tell you that is important.
    It is hard, if not impossible, to overstate the corruption and ineptitude of the United Nations.

  • Wilson column: State fighting back against food stamp fraud

    Every day, in every area of our state, hard-working South Carolina taxpayers are being robbed. They are not held up at gunpoint, and their homes are not burglarized. But they are the victims of theft just the same.
    Criminals are stealing federal funds and using that money for their personal benefit. They are committing fraud against the food stamp program. In fact, they pocket more than $2 million of your tax dollars every year in South Carolina alone.

  • Helms column: Buying a new vehicle means paying taxes

    Most people like having new vehicles. A new convertible would be especially nice for the springtime. Unfortunately, with new vehicles come taxes, and it’s important for you to understand what taxes are due and how to pay them to avoid problems later on.
    When purchasing a vehicle, you must pay local property taxes to the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office and you must also pay a sales tax for the vehicle to the S.C Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).