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Today's Opinions

  • Will Smith on being 'last man'

  • Tips on keeping your New Year's Resolution

  • Could truce impact the world?

    What if there were no hatred? No ill will? No jealousy? What if there were just reverence? Calmness?

    What if on one night a year everyone paused to reflect on the good?

    It’s happened before. Been documented in history, retold in books and recorded in songs.

    On Dec. 24, 1914, German troops began decorating the area around their trenches of Ypres, Belgium, for Christmas.

    They put candles on trees and sang Christmas carols. One of those was Stille Nacht (Silent Night.) British troops in trenches across from them responded by singing English carols.

  • Taxes, land conservation top of agenda

    Editor’s note: Sen. Greg Gregory, R-16, writes a newsletter to capture the happenings in the General Assembly. Following is a synopsis of the bills:

    Money matters

    It has been said that the art of taxation is to pluck the most feathers from the goose without it noticing. In South Carolina, legislators have taken this approach by swapping taxes that are hated (property taxes) for ones that are perceived as more pain-free (sales taxes and fees). There has been much change in the last two years, so here is a thumbnail sketch of the current status.

  • Zoning changes hidden behind bureaucratic red tape

    The original intent of zoning was to provide for stability in communities by mandating what uses of the land in that community were permissible.

    The act of rezoning was quite rare and done only under extraordinary circumstances. This provided protection for property owners in a community and ensured preservation of community characteristics and property values.

    Now the fad has become rezoning. Current zoning insures no stability in a community. Why is this occurring? Greed.

  • Say goodbye to the good old USA

    Are you ready for the death of the dollar and the end of the United States as a sovereign nation? Are you ready for the North American Union (N.A.U.)?

    Are you read for a 12-lane limited-access highway running from the Mexican west coast of Lazaro Cardenas controlled by the Chinese firm of Hutchinson Whampoa, running through Texas and north into Canada without stopping at the current U.S. border?

    Well, you better be ready or else you need to contact your congressman and ask him or her to stop the runaway freight train of the N.A.U.

  • Better choices, better future

    Today’s choices shape my future profusely. Sir Isaac Newton wrote and proved the Law of Physics that “for every action there is a reaction.”

    Everyone knows there are good choices and bad choices. Everyone has made each of them, more than others. The things we do today affect everything that happens in the future. Once people understand that not only the things they do, but the things people around them do, affect them just as much, they can begin to make better on difficult choices.

  • Not another company like Springs

    “There will always be companies making sheets and towels, but we’re not likely to see a company the likes of Springs Industries ever again. Nor is there likely to be another (CEO) like Crandall Bowles, the last president of the freestanding Springs.”