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Today's Opinions

  • Bird flu devastating U.S. egg industry

    The U.S. egg industry is reeling from a colossal outbreak of avian flu, mostly among egg-laying chickens. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 48 million birds, accounting for 11 percent of the nation’s egg-laying hens, have been slaughtered for fear of infection during the past few months.

    The effects are far-reaching, from how to dispose of millions of potentially infected bird carcasses to job losses and rapidly rising egg prices. More than 40 countries have restricted U.S. poultry imports.

  • In our effort to appease, we lose more than we gain

    Dr. Brooks Walker’s guest column, “Seek truth: Stop mob from ruling,” in the July 15 edition of The Lancaster News makes clear by illustrious examples his point that “facts have no place in a conversation based on emotion and assumption.”

    He further states, “Justice begins with the search for truth...” followed by more vivid illustrations showing that truth is not being sought by those who scream “no justice, no peace.”

    There can be no justice without truth. Lady Justice has always been depicted as blind.

  • No one has ever had the stage presence of Elvis Presley

    As far back as I can remember, Elvis was part of my life. It was a treat to go to the drive-in with the family and I clearly remember a night we saw three of his movies at the old Townview.

    For those too young to know, a drive-in is just like a DVD player for your car except the screen is huge and outside, you can only go at night, and mosquitos eat you alive in the summer.

    I just happened to be watching NBC in November of 1968 when Elvis exploded onto the screen in what is now called the “‘68 Comeback Special.”

  • Man-made rights changing our culture

    The Supreme Court handed down its opinion Friday, June 26, that same-sex marriage is a right in all 50 states. Justice Anthony Kennedy replied to the observation that this will do harm to the institution of traditional marriage by saying, “Far from seeking to devalue marriage, the petitioners seek it for themselves because of their respect and need for its privileges and responsibilities.”

  • S.C. education: Buckets, fires and computers

    Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire,” said the Irish poet William Butler Yeats.

    In South Carolina, we are spending far too much time trying to fill pails (often with holes in them) and not nearly enough time lighting fires. But the good news is that there is no better fire starter for young minds (or old ones for that matter) than a computer connected to the Internet.

    And therein lies a great hope for our state – and there are real reasons to be encouraged.

  • Team effort make Summer Aquatics a success

    Kershaw swim team (Stlngravs), and the town of Kershaw Recreation Department would like to congratulate all of the swimmers who participated in this year’s Summer Aquatics Championships. The town of Kershaw Aquatic Center proudly hosted the Aquatics this year. The event was held July 7 and 8 and seemed to run as smooth as planned. The weather was hot, but the summer afternoon showers held off until the two-day event was complete.

    All participants were awarded ribbons or medals based on their place of finish.

  • A ghastly reminder of the consequences of inaction

    Reminders are a good thing in life. The more poignant the reminder, the more effective it becomes in its work of reminding. Reminders of evil in human history cry out to contemporary culture for relentless vigilance.

    Disaster lurks on the horizon for those societies who become inoculated to these reminders. The question remains whether we will hear the cry of alarm. I was recently confronted with a blistering reminder of the darkness and ruin of the human heart.

  • Does the flag still wave?

    Long after the Battle of Gettysburg, the Stars and Bars have been forced into Neverland. I guess some will rejoice as the flag is retired to a dusty corner of history or, more likely, to a forgotten saga of this nation’s growth.

    In the future, some will remember the nine who lost their lives at the hands of a deranged zealot. Others will remember the man who committed the crime. Time will cloud the issue for many and, for some, there will be more dragons to slay.