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Today's Opinions

  • Daddy taught keep the faith in game of life

    Gamecocks’ place-kicker Ryan Succop’s 48-yard field goal looked on line to finally seal South Carolina’s hard-fought win over North Carolina that mid-October day as dusk fell on the Tar Heels’ Kenan Stadium last fall.It was good – good for nothing. The kick bounced harmlessly off the right upright to the turf.

  • Join in the effort to fight domestic violence

    These numbers – 8 percent; 1 in 5; 40 percent – by themselves may seem insignificant to you when read alone. How would you feel if these numbers reflected crime in your neighborhood? Unfortunately these statistics relate to the crimes that occur in our schools?

  • The world keeps going

    Where were they going? I watched as the cars and trucks hurried north and south on U.S. 521. Drivers would stop and turn into the parking lot of the fast food restaurant. Some parked, walked in and ordered their food. Others made their way through the drive-through line.

    The sounds of patrons’ conversations resembled the humming around a bee hive. I babysat a cup of coffee while talking to my brother sitting across the table from me. I was wearing workout clothes, had no makeup on and my hair was wet.

  • Mother: Mickey was my best friend

    There is not a day goes by that I don’t miss my son, James “Mickey” Funderburk, who died in a motorcycle accident on June 1.

    He was my best friend.

    He came to see me everyday and I would cook for him.

    He was a happy person and liked to make people laugh.

    He has always loved motorcycles. And he died doing what he loved most.

    Mickey had a lot of friends and we appreciate all their visits and kindness.

    We treasure all the little anecdotes they shared with us.

  • Dad's deserving of his day

    Today – the third Sunday in June – we honor our dads in the annual observance of Father’s Day.

    The overriding question for the week around most households is what to get Daddy for his special day.

    Guest what? He just wants to have his family around to celebrate the day.

    Oh, he will gladly take that new shirt, a pair of shorts – summer is coming, some cologne and yes, that tie.

    It wouldn’t be Father’s Day without the giving of a tie.

    That tie is symbolic because dads offer that special bond in our lives.

  • Good family entertainment has a price tag

    I praised the Palmetto Thunder Air Show in my “Remember when” column because it was excellent, well staffed and  fans were on their best behavior.

    My son invited me to attend and  assist at the recycling booth. We both paid the $15 admission fee as we entered the gates. I can understand free tickets for law enforcement and emergency operating teams. I seriously doubt if their free admission was responsible for the shortfall.

  • Writer questions county decision

    Where is our county leadership when we need it? It is an outrage when our County Council rolls over and bails out Frank Keels and his See Lancaster’s Palmetto Thunder Air Show to the tune of a $75,000 advance. This is in addition to the $15,000 previously budgeted to See Lancaster.

    It’s great to showcase Lancaster, but not at a $90,000 hit to the taxpayers. This could have bought four new squad cars the sheriff’s office desperately needs. It could have been used to provide some relief to our elderly struggling to pay their property taxes.

  • Rotating hosts good for Classic

    The county’s Panhandle will be the center piece for the annual Founders Kickoff Classic this season.

    Indian Land High School will be the host for the high school football jamboree, in its fifth season on Aug. 22.

    That may seem like a ways away, but plans are already being made for the Warriors’ time to host the prep football kickoff event.

    When the Kickoff Classic was in its planning stage a few years back, the idea was to have each county school serve as a host on a rotating basis.