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Today's Opinions

  • Teen grateful to be alive after wreck

    On Aug. 20, two of my best friends and I were in a wreck. Gregory A. Summers, features editor, wrote about the wreck in his article,“Seatbelts protect teens in crash.”

    I would just like to thank him so much for that article. It meant a lot to have the paper waiting for me to read when I got home from the hospital two weeks later.

    I can’t remember much from the wreck. Most of what I know is from the article and told to me by my parents, my friends and their parents.

  • Powers Norrell will be voice for us in Columbia

    On Nov. 4, we have the opportunity to elect a fine Christian woman, Mandy Powers Norrell, to the S.C. Senate. Mandy has written several guest columns for the paper sharing with us glimpses of her life.

    She has told us of her more than 200 years of ancestry in Lancaster County, her heartfelt concern for the present generation and her vision for the future.

    I have been impressed by Mandy's overwhelming concern for those in our community whose lives and livelihoods have been diminished by our recent economic problems.

  • I will help you; why won't you help my family?

    I just returned from changing a flat tire for my wife – a common enough event, for certain.

    What is bothersome about this particular incidentis that she sat in a busy parking lot with a 2-year-old and 4-year-old inthe carfor over an hour and only one person offered assistance and that was just a couple of minutes before I arrived from 30 miles away.

  • Don't get caught up in rumors; get the facts

    No doubt about it, this is going to be a historic election year. Nationally, we are going to have the first black president or the first female vice president.

    Locally, we’re going to have either the first female representative from Lancaster County in the S.C. Legislature, or the first black representative since the Reconstruction Era.

    We could also have the first female state senator from Lancaster.

  • Bail out people, not big banks

    I am writing regarding the situation of the American public. We hear each day about the big money business pitfall. But their problems become our problems. How can the government come up with $700 billion to bail out the big guys? And we – the unemployed workers and our families – also need a bailout. There are no jobs. No one is hiring. We’re the ones who need to be bailed out. If we don’t have jobs and money to survive, how are the banks supposed to have money?

    Our government needs to start from the bottom, not the top. We the people make up the latter.

  • Make sure you are properly registered

    The potential of a “good problem” exists. A “good problem” is like having too much of a good thing and deciding just exactly what to do to make a situation work well.

    In football, a “good problem” occurs when a team has two strong quarterbacks, but the coach has to decide which one to play to best benefit his squad.

  • Those who pull political stunts think voters not 'very smart'

    I saw where Mick Mulvaney mowed a patch of median on Sunday morning and had a photographer and reporter standing there to report about it. Political stunts like that make me feel insulted. It’s not as if he’d ever done anything like that when he wasn’t running for office. And people who do nice things in our community for the right reasons don’t call a reporter to do a story about it, nor do they put a big sign on their tractors telling us to vote for them. I feel like politicians who pull stunts like this must think we’re not very smart.

  • We're looking for defining moments

    What an election year this has been. Back in January, South Carolina was in the national spotlight as both the major Democratic and Republican contenders hoping to become the next president courted primary voters.

    It was an exciting few weeks as the presidential candidates crisscrossed the Palmetto State. A couple of those candidates – Republican John McCain and Democrat John Edwards (remember him?) – made campaign stops in Lancaster County.