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Today's Opinions

  • Congrats to ILMS and its principal

    Indian Land Middle School has been in the limelight a lot lately. The school stepped into the national spotlight early last month when its principal, David McDonald, was named the 2013 South Carolina Middle School Principal of the Year.
    A few weeks later, ILMS learned it had been redesignated as a National School to Watch, an honor given to high-performing middle schools.
    So the school has had a lot to celebrate lately and it begins 2013 glowing with deserved pride.

  • Don’t let Lancaster County become like Rhode Island

    I’m writing this in response to the recent ordinance passed by the Lancaster County Council on smoking. I attended one of the meetings and I spoke. It turned out to be a waste of time. I could tell their minds were made up. The council was going to follow the status quo of other cities and towns; God forbid if this county stood on its principles.
    I moved here from Rhode Island two years ago. After 50 years, I had to get out of there because that state was overrun by left-leaning activists.

  • Our faith is the reason we can cope with tragedies

    How do you cope when you hear there has been a shooting at an elementary school where your child attends?
    How do you cope when you get the news that all the children are accounted for except the class where your child is a student?
    How do you cope when someone tells you the sad news that everyone in that classroom is believed to be dead?
    How do you cope when you are asked to identify the body of your son or daughter and the only way possible is by the clothes they wear – the ones you put on them as they prepared for school that day?

  • Beware of Christmas decoration thieves

    Over Dec. 8-9, someone chose to take a Christmas decoration from our property. It was a cute, red mailbox with Snoopy on top. The mailbox door opened and closed, with little Woodstock sitting inside the mailbox door.
    We decided to purchase this decoration with the hope that it would bring a smile or some joy to passersby. Little did we know someone would take it away!
    So beware; there are people out there who think it’s OK to take things that don’t belong to them – even Christmas decorations.

    Sue Campbell
    Indian Land

  • Gun owners: Consider buying a gun safe

    In light of the recent tragic events in Connecticut, I appeal to community gun owners to consider, if you have not already, buying a gun safe and keeping it locked, while you hold the key.
    The shooter’s mom was a gun owner and, while she felt safe with guns around, they were used on her. The gun safes will keep the guns out of the wrong hands. Also if you follow the local news, you know there have been a lot of break-ins in the area and the sheriff’s deputies say they are looking for guns.
    God bless ya’ll.

    Ron Wyman

  • Open letter to my U.S. congressman

    My name is Matthew Taylor and I was born and raised in Lancaster. I want to start by saying that I am appalled by the numerous massacres that have been perpetrated across the country in the past couple years, even more so when following each tragedy Congress has failed to act in any meaningful way.  The most recent, and possibly the worst of current history, saw 20 first-graders murdered. From all media reports, these kids suffered multiple bullet wounds, which as a parent of an 18-month-old child, I find terrifying, sad and angry. 

  • SC Access provides wealth of information

    Imagine being separated from an elderly family member or loved one in need of help or services who lives alone in South Carolina.
    If you’re like many families across our state, you may find that younger generations have moved away from their older relatives to further their education, get married and start a family, find a job in another state, or serve in the military. Where are they to look for resources if their older relatives need help finding various services available in their communities?

  • Haley’s health-care math: 1+1=0

    In the next few months, Gov. Nikki Haley and the Republican politicians in Columbia are going to be making some very big decisions about providing health care for 513,000 South Carolinians, and there is more than $3 billion at stake. These are some very large numbers and let’s hope they make the decisions based on math and not ideological purity. Right now, it looks as if math is losing.