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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t stop concealed weapon training

    Face it, folks. Some people don’t need to carry guns – openly or concealed.
    Recent tragedies, where innocent people sitting in classrooms, a shopping mall and movie theater were slaughtered by crazed, gun-toting fanatics, are a testament to that fact.
    We don’t think anyone with common sense will deny that those perpetrators should not be allowed to own or carry a gun for obvious reasons.

  • Prisoner changes course of American legal history

    “In our adversary system of criminal justice, any person haled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, could not be assured a fair trial, unless counsel is provided for him. This seems to us to be an obvious truth.” – Justice Hugo Black, March 18, 1963, in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Gideon vs. Wainwright.
    This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gideon case. This decision set in motion the greatest transformation to the American criminal justice system in history.

  • It’s time to make B3 zoning changes

    The need for B3 zoning revision in Indian Land is well established. The concern of established landowners that the owner of an adjacent property zoned B3 will suddenly decide to switch to a different, less desirable, but still allowed under current law use is real and immediate.
    The column previously published here detailed changes to the B3 zoning classification in Indian Land that would remove most of this threat.
    In summary:

  • Altman’s drive took him to top

    Buford High School senior wrestler Dylan Altman has a coveted gold medal to show for his persistence.
    Altman, the Jackets’ 132-pounder, captured an individual state championship as he won the gold medal on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Anderson Civic Center.
    A year prior, Altman fell short in a bid to capture the 120-pound Class AAA state title to end his junior campaign.
    Altman used his miss at the shot of “grabbing the brass ring” to power his run to the state championship this year.

  • Make homes adaptable for seniors

    It’s no secret that the majority of us will need some kind of assistance as we age. Imagine returning home from the hospital for recovery after being treated for a stroke. With limited mobility, you may find that the world you have become so accustomed to over the years now has many new obstacles to overcome.

  • Show respect by pulling over in funeral procession

    I have noticed recently while watching a few funerals that a lot of people don’t pull over while the procession passes. Also, there is only a police car leading the funeral. There are none at intersections to block traffic.
    This is the South and we have always shown respect for the deceased. I think everyone should, at least, take a few minutes from their busy day to pull over and show respect for the deceased.
    There should be an officer at each intersection, so the funeral procession doesn’t have to stop and be held up in traffic.

  • Don’t forget to visit senior citizens

    I recently witnessed something that made me aware of  how important it is to visit our senior citizens when they are sick at home or in a hospital.
    I encourage everyone to go by and check on them, especially church members. As church members, we should go to church and worship and then go out and serve our fellow man.
    Please, let’s not lose sight of what Jesus wants us to do – be Christ-like.

    Christine M. Taylor
    Lancaster
     

  • Whittlesey should do some research

    Many thanks to Franklin Whittlesey for his latest informational column, this one on the subject of  how guns are made. I had no idea!
    But I do have one idea: Mr. Whittlesey should reduce his viewing time of Fox News and perhaps switch to reading some newspapers and news magazines at the Del Webb Library so as to escape his fantasy world and get some of his facts straight.
    Lawmakers are not trying to override the Second Amendment and take everyone’s guns away, only restrict