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Today's Opinions

  • Disrespect of flag illustrates disrespect of troops

    In this era of patriotism when we are encouraged to show our patriotism, support and respect to our troops and nation, I am appalled at the way some people desecrate and disrespect our flag.
    With a modicum of patriotism they run a flag up their pole and forget it. It stays raised day and night, rain or shine until it is a tattered rag. Once it blows away or people take it down, I’m not sure how they dispose of it. I doubt they go to the effort of proper disposal – either through the Boy Scouts of America or the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

  • SCOTUS should reverse Abington v. Schempp

    What a tragic sight and sound as we see another act of “craziness” by an individual who goes on a shooting spree, killing innocent men, women and even young children.
    The solution to prevent this type of terror is not to ban guns. It is not the NRA. It is not about guns at all. Gun rights were protected by our Founding Fathers in the Second Amendment to protect Americans against an aggressive and mutinous government.

  • Now is time to unite for our future

    We made a difference in Europe during World War II by partnering with the Soviets. After that moment of unity, we spent decades fighting them during the Cold War, including its associated proxies. An old adage states that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
    Right now, despite the obvious political opposition, our common enemy is the fiscal cliff. This problem has been extended for years. Now is the time to unite and fix this for once and for all.
    Economists warn that inaction could lead to a double-dip recession.

  • Football stars had brilliant season

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation 9-10 all-star football team’s season didn’t end the way it wanted, but the team’s run was quite stunning.
    The 9-10 stars fell to defending state champion city of Florence in the S.C. Athletic Programs Division II state champion game at Florence Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 8.
    Florence built a 12-0 halftime lead on the way to the 20-0 win over the Lancaster County stars.
    Florence scored on its first two possessions on the way to the win.

  • Medal of Valor honors S.C. law enforcement’s bravest

    It’s something folks might often take for granted, and understandably so.
    After all, we live in a modern society and pay our taxes, and therefore we fully expect the traffic lights to work and the firetrucks to respond when we need them to.
    But how often do we really stop and think of the sometimes life-threatening circumstances behind those expectations when it comes to our law enforcement officers?
    Fortunately, there’s an organization that helps us do just that – the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association.

  • SMS deserves School to Watch honor

    A toast to South Middle School’s recent success is in order. The toast would likely go something like this, “Here’s looking at you, SMS.”
    South has earned the coveted honor of a School to Watch.
    The honor puts SMS in elite company as less than 350 schools nationwide have earned the honor, and only 13 in the Palmetto State.
    One of those lucky 13 is Indian Land Middle School in the county’s Panhandle, which was recently redesignated a School to Watch after garnering the title in 2010.

  • Scripture reveals the first Christmas

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem – because he was of the house and lineage of David – to be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child.

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