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Today's Opinions

  • Overwhelming support for Saylors benefit

    Overwhelming support for Saylors benefit

    The family and friends of Amy Saylors would like to extend a most heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in the "Save Amy" barbecue benefit held on Jan. 26.

    The tremendous amount of time and energy provided by all of the volunteers was nothing short of phenomenal.

    We did not expect such an overwhelming response to this event.

    Simply put, the people of this wonderful community proved once again how willing they are to reach out and help someone in need.

  • It's the heart that really matters

    Sitting in the musty smelling living room, I looked around at the aging duct tape and hardened carpenter's glue that I used over the years to hold together this fragile, cement-block, 1930-something house.

    It's a small, two-bedroom, 600-square feet abode that my grandmother, Brennie Love, having lived there since 1939, insisted that she would remain in until she dies.

  • Former Gov. Hodges 'man of the people, giant among men'

    Former Gov. Jim Hodges is one of South Carolina's greatest citizens. He is the type of leader who puts right ideas and right actions ahead of his own political well being.

    During his term as governor of South Carolina he wisely removed the Confederate flag from the state capital dome, signed the bill that recognized Martin Luther King's birthday as an official holiday and ended the legalization of the video poker industry which had plagued the weak and poor of his state even though he knew this would create political and economic ammunition for his powerful rivals.

  • Conversations, tidbits and FYI

    They may not make headline stories all the time, but they make interesting conversations - those calls from our readers. The calls run the gamut - from sharing stories, sounding off, been done wrong, asking for favors and occasionally, praise.

    We value these conversations and encourage readers to keep in touch.

    The conversations reveal a glimpse of the newspaper life. We'd like to share a few with you.

    Sometimes, you just can't win

  • Mulvaney highlights immigration bill

    In what can accurately be described as the first big piece of legislation of the 2008 session, the S.C. House passed its version of immigration reform last week.

    The bill was a monster in scope, with at least 16 different sections. I will do my best to hit the highlights, recognizing that a thorough analysis would take many pages:

    Government contracts

  • Sutton deserving of elite bid

    Scotland is a world away from the eastern Lancaster County community of Buford, but that's about how far Anthony "T" Sutton has come in his budding youth golf career over a short period of time.

    A first-grade student at Buford Elementary School, Sutton, 7, took up the game as a toddler after receiving some toy clubs. From there, he's fashioned a stellar career as a young golfer.

    How good?

  • Hammaker caring, well-respected student

    Early morning Jan. 27, the Indian Land community and Indian Land High School lost Derek Hammaker, an outstanding young man. I feel blessed to have taught Derek in auto technology classes for the past four years. He lived each day as an example of how life should be lived. Derek was a caring and well-respected member of our student body and our community.

  • Keep state drinking age at 21

    State Rep. Fletcher Smith believes the state's drinking laws should be changed to allow anyone who is in the military to buy alcoholic drinks. Smith, a Democrat from Greenville, has introduced a bill in the state House that would allow a service member under 21 to show his or her military identification card to a bartender or store clerk to buy alcoholic beverages.