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Today's Opinions

  • 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.”

  • Wrier urges people to drive safely

    I read where yet another person was killed in an auto wreck. Could this wreck have been prevented? The answer is obvious. Considering all the wrecks in South Carolina, everyone should be required to take drivers education.

    Bad roads are some reasons for the wrecks. When a driver is passing illegally you have to ask yourself if that driver took drivers education. Was that person intoxicated, on drugs or talking on a cell phone?

  • Reader appalled by Grace's letter

    This is in response to Eric Grace’s letter Eric Grace “Reader appalled by dog shooting.”

    I am not a resident of this neighborhood, but my young son frequents this neighborhood quite often because it is where his best friend lives.

    I would like to know where this reader obtained his information because it is obvious he did not read the entire story.

  • A balanced budget with balanced priorities

    Americans are calling for a new direction, and Democrats in Congress are delivering. This month, we passed a plan to balance the budget by 2012.

    When President George Bush took office seven years ago, we presented him an advantage that few presidents have ever enjoyed: a budget in surplus by $236 billion. His economists looked out 10 years and saw nothing but surpluses, $5.6 trillion in all.

  • Writer commends deputies for handling of dog situation

    This is in response to Eric Grace attacking the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and county Animal Control officers in his letter, “Reader appalled by dog shooting.”

    Mr. Grace, the sheriff’s deputies were called out because Animal Control is not staffed 24/7.

    I think the deputy acted appropriately in defending himself and others.

    They took an oath to serve and protect all the citizens of Lancaster County. If the dog made an attempt to harm someone, then he acted accordingly.

  • Take time to thank volunteer firefighters

    Have you ever stopped to think about the volunteer firefighters in our county? Actually, I haven’t either. Recently I had an opportunity to get involved with Station 16, Riverside Volunteer Fire Department, and found there was a whole lot more to being a volunteer than I ever thought.

    These guys give of their time away from their families, sleep when called during the night and money for gas and other miscellaneous things that go along with volunteering.

  • Turn lights improve traffic light

    A few weeks ago, people could be seen jumping for joy while in the cars, pickups and SUVs at the S.C. 9 Bypass and Clinton Avenue.

    Folks were so joyous, they couldn’t contain their glee. The S.C. Department of Transportation had reworked the traffic lights – finally installing left-turn signals on both sides of Clinton Avenue.

    OK, we’re exaggerating. We saw no one literally jumping for joy after the new signals were put into operation. But we know motorists who travel that way regularly were sure happy about the move. We certainly were.