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Today's Opinions

  • Humane Society needs volunteers who have heart full of compassion

    I recently visited the animal shelter. It was not a trip I was looking forward to, yet one I had to make. I went because as a member of the Humane Society it is now my job to list all pets in the shelter. We list them so we can give these little ones a small chance at life.

    The animal control officer on duty asked me to take a seat and said he would get me the list. He told me there would be more animals in the pens than were on the list. He was getting ready “to put them down,” the terminology used for killing them. It was a job he said he didn’t like.

  • Organ donors give others second chance to live again

    We always hear so many negative happenings and negative outcomes. So, it was a joy for me to be in Pittsburgh for the U.S. Transplant Games from July 11-16, where hope and positive energy abounded.

    Along with 29 members of Team South Carolina, there were 19 donor families, five living donors and many support family members, totaling 121.

    Lancaster was represented by two athletes, Ed Heins and Amy Saylors. We again realized what a small world this is when we saw Brenda Pogue and her granddaughter, Sierra Young, from Lancaster, a donor family.

  • Writer asks managers to hire if there are job openings

    Like a lot of people in Lancaster County I have been out of work for more than a year. We apply left and right for jobs. The majority of the jobs have to be applied for online. That’s OK. I understand that. The problem is the potential employers.

    For example, I applied at a local department store. I applied online just like they asked. After completing the application, I was asked to schedule an appointment, which I did. When I went for my appointment, the computer was down.

  • Bicyclists grateful for new S.C. law

    If you’re an avid bicyclist, you’re probably aware of the new law that state lawmakers passed in June – the Bicycle Safety Act. The law has won praise from cycle enthusiasts in the state, such as Charleston attorney Peter Wilborn of www.scbikelaw.com, who has called the new law “state of the art.”

    That’s especially noteworthy because South Carolina isn’t a state known for being a leader for the legislation it passes.

  • Act of kindness breaks up reports of violence in county

    I have to admit since the first of July we’ve had some tragic news to report. A retired police officer was shot while trying to help accident victims. A Pageland man was sentenced to 30 years for the death of an epileptic man whose body was dumped in Heath Springs.

    Then there was the shooting death of the owner of the Cedar Creek Bait and Tackle Shop. The shooter took refuge in his home and fired off some shots before taking his own life.

  • 'We need a senator who will listen to the people'

    As a retired state employee, I was bewildered to read Mick Mulvaney’s July 4 column “Trading short-term benefits for long-term security is wrong.” I could not believe that he did not better understand how public pension plans work. They pay benefits out of the assets of the retirement system, not tax money, and they use the average of the good years and the not so good years in deciding how much to pay retirees.

  • Great Falls dual office issue over

    We are going to repeat a few things we said very recently, but we think, thankfully, an ongoing issue has finally come to the correct conclusion.

    We think the dual office ban in the state’s Constitution is a good thing, but it has, sometimes, unfortunate implications.

    It is no guideline or recommendation. It is actually not just a law. It is a provision of the state’s constitution. The ban says no person can hold two offices “for honor and profit.”

  • Cairnes made child's day by giving her a fishing rod

    Cairnes made child’s day by giving her a fishing rod

    I would like to share this with the family of Ronnie Cairnes. My daughter, Alyssa, went fishing with my husband, Freddie, her sister, Adrien, and me on May 18. Alyssa caught a huge bream. We stopped by the Cedar Creek Bait & Tackle, showed it to Ronnie and asked if he could help up put a picture of her and her fish in a magazine. He said he couldn’t. Instead Ronnie gave her a fishing rod – the first one she ever had. Alyssa loved it and it made her day.