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Today's Opinions

  • Primary prestige not worth the cost

    We want to weigh in on the Presidential Preference Primaries in South Carolina. We could talk about how holding these primaries put us on the national stage, perhaps again helped the Republican Party pick its nominee, helped clarify the Democratic field, perhaps picked a president.

    We could talk about how fun it was for all those other towns to have candidates pass through, how cool it was to see three, four major debates held here.

    All that is important.

  • Woman appreciates store clerk's kindness

    I went to Food Lion on Main Street recently and was shopping very carefully because I only had little money to spend.

    I have been out of work for several weeks now. It has been a tough time, but each day I see God's blessing and hand in my situation.

    As I went through the aisle I made sure I bought items that were on sale or were buy one, get one free. By doing so I was able to save $12 on a $31 purchase.

    When I went to check out there was a vase of six beautiful pink roses at the end of the checkout counter.

  • Warning: Marlboro man beware

    It is only fair to inform the trashy folks who drop their butts and bottles on Ussery Road that this is perilous action.

    The Marlboro Man could be fined $465 plus eight hours of community service, or if he's affluent, he may choose the $542 fine with no community service.

    And the Bud Lite and Diet Pepsi person could face the same fate if caught. What's worse, depending on the weight of litter dropped along the road, the trashy person may have to cough up a maximum of $1,050 in fines and risk having his or her vehicle seized.

    It's the law.

  • South Carolina voters say they want change in White House

    The news media continues in its quest to make the presidential primaries a racist contest. Granted, a bunch of Americans voted for Sen. Barack Obama because they feel comfortable with someone of their own skin color.

    Many years ago, all radios in black neighborhoods were tuned to Madison Square Garden where Joe Louis battled a white opponent for boxing world's championship.

    Forgotten, was the support of white fans when Joe took on Max Schmelling, a white man, but also a German citizen. Seems it was a case in favor of an American over a foreigner.

  • New IL school positive improvement

    We can imagine how exciting it was for Indian Land Middle School students when they moved into their own school earlier this month. Principal David McDonald said move-in day was like like Christmas for the students.

    The new middle school in Indian Land is the old high school building. Its day as a high school ended last spring and Indian Land's bigger, better high school opened in the fall. The old high school under went extensive renovations to make it the new Indian Land Middle School.

  • I am 'passionate advocate for right to vote'

    An article appeared in the Charlotte Observer on Jan. 12, which attributed certain statements to me as quotes. I would like to explain what was actually said, as opposed to what appeared in the paper.

  • Messer family appreciates support

    The family of Cpl. Charles "Charlie" E. Messer would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone for all their thoughts, actions and prayers during this most difficult time for our family.

  • Shine on with Palmetto, Gold awards

    Five Lancaster County Schools recently produced shining moments. Three schools - Buford and Indian Land high schools along with Clinton Elementary - received the prestigious Palmetto Gold Award.

    The Discovery School and Erwin Elementary earned the Palmetto Silver Award.

    The prestigious awards are presented for academic excellence, the major purpose in education.

    The S.C. Education Oversight Committee developed the award criteria based on absolute and improvement ratings given to each school on the state's 2007 report cards.