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Today's Opinions

  • We are meeting the challenge for South Carolina's seniors

    It’s called the “gray wave,” and it’s headed our way sooner than we think. There are about 770,000 South Carolinians over the age of 60. By 2025, that number is projected to swell to more than 1.3 million.

    Will our state be ready to meet the needs of such a rapidly-growing senior demographic? And can we accomplish this Herculean task of protecting our seniors while simultaneously protecting the taxpayers?

  • Thread Trail conserving communities

    The Carolina Thread Trail, a bold vision for hundreds of miles of interconnected trails and greenways in 15 Carolinas counties, has taken me in many new directions.

    One unexpected direction was toward Europe, where our delegation visited trail systems in three regions anchored by cities comparable in size to Charlotte.

  • South Carolina domestic violence laws need changing

    I was saddened when I saw the news about another college student killed in a domestic violence issue. It brought tears to my eyes when the victim’s friends were on there saying they begged her to get out of the relationship, but she couldn’t because she feared for her life.

  • Common courtesy could have prevented graduation arrests

    This is in response to the arrests made during the Fort Mill and York high school graduation ceremonies.

    Although it should not have been necessary, these invited guests were told in advance, not once, but twice (in writing and verbally), of the respect and decorum that was expected of them during this extremely important time in the lives of the students and their families.

    The word “ceremony” and lack of cheerleaders should have tipped them off that it was not a football game.

  • Walters helps Lancers earn elite status

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s golf program is only in its second season since the sport was resurrected in 2007.

    In a short time, the Lancers’ golfers have come far.

    In its first season, coach Rick Walters’ team posted a 12-5 record and finished as the Region X runner-up to national power Louisburg (N.C.)

    The Lancers’ effort earned them a trip to the nationals in Lake Chautauqua, N.Y.

  • Writer glad to be smiling again

    Going to a dentist for a six-month checkup is routine for people with a decent income or dental insurance. I was among that group at one time.

    People use to call me the sunshine lady because I smiled all the time. I believe that a smile can have a positive effect on people. It does me. Even if you don’t feel like smiling, force yourself and after a while you start feeling better about yourself.

  • Gregory battled for health, environment, democracy

    We’ve been reading a lot about the long and distinguished careers of two Senate veterans who are retiring this year, and rightly so.

    But I’d like to take a few moments to recognize a quieter senator who also is stepping down this year, albeit after a relatively short 16 years.

  • Motorcycle riders asks drivers to pay attention

    Edward “Eddie Boy” Cook. Peggy Landry. James “Mickey” Funderburk. They had a lot in common. They were all from Lancaster. They were all in their 40s. They were all Harley Davidson owners. They all died in motorcycle accidents.

    Cook, Landry and Funderburk also fit the profile of a recent study on the increase of motorcycle deaths across the nation. A Gannett News Service (GNS) analysis of federal accident reports says “dying on a motorcycle could soon become a predominantly middle-age phenomenon.”