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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Teens, know what you’re risking as you push gas pedal to the floor

    I pray that one child will be saved by my son Billy Dale’s story.
    Look at him at age 17, just before he wrecked 2 miles from our home driving 85 mph. Now look at him at 46.
    A picture really is worth a thousand words. Please show these photos to your teenage drivers.
    I kept Billy Dale at home for 23½ years after the accident. Then he went to a nursing home six years ago, because I was getting old and had back problems and couldn’t take care of him by myself anymore.

  • Column: Teens, know what you’re risking as you push gas pedal to the floor

    I pray that one child will be saved by my son Billy Dale’s story.
    Look at him at age 17, just before he wrecked 2 miles from our home driving 85 mph. Now look at him at 46.
    A picture really is worth a thousand words. Please show these photos to your teenage drivers.
    I kept Billy Dale at home for 23½ years after the accident. Then he went to a nursing home six years ago, because I was getting old and had back problems and couldn’t take care of him by myself anymore.

  • Column: Teens, know what you’re risking as you push gas pedal to the floor

    I pray that one child will be saved by my son Billy Dale’s story.
    Look at him at age 17, just before he wrecked 2 miles from our home driving 85 mph. Now look at him at 46.
    A picture really is worth a thousand words. Please show these photos to your teenage drivers.
    I kept Billy Dale at home for 23½ years after the accident. Then he went to a nursing home six years ago, because I was getting old and had back problems and couldn’t take care of him by myself anymore.

  • Column: Fun and games, plus advice on making good decisions

    We live in a world that seems to have lost manners, respect and optimism. Everywhere we turn, it’s as if someone is complaining, and the proverbial glass is always half empty.
    Young people today are especially denounced. Yet how often do we get to actually spend time with our youth?
    On March 24, a broad range of young people of all races, ages and schools attended a Youth Block Party at Lancaster High School. If you are age 15 to 25 and did not attend, ask around and you will most certainly want to be present for the next one.

  • Column: S.C. officials quietly buy Ted Turner’s island retreat

    South Carolina’s tourism department for months kept secret from the public its plans to buy an island owned by billionaire Ted Turner for what the agency director touts will be a “premium experience” for tourists.
    Beaufort County and school district officials joined in the secrecy surrounding the taxpayer-funded, approximately $5 million purchase of the 4,680-acre St. Phillips Island – owned for decades by media mogul Turner and located along the county’s Atlantic coast, about a 15-minute boat ride from Hunting Island State Park.

  • Letter: Let’s all support federal Alzheimer’s legislation

    It is time we change our thinking on Alzheimer’s disease.
    Alzheimer’s is often treated as an aging issue, but we must acknowledge the public health consequences of a disease that impacts someone in the United States every 65 seconds.

  • Sports Talk: Mama’s your best friend

    Remember at one time when a camera panned a sideline during a college or pro football game, a wide-grinning player often greeted the shot with a warm “Hi Mom.”
    You recall that?
    You couldn’t watch a game without that memorable scene.
    I know why.
    My father, the late Jim Howey, once told me your mother is your “best friend.”
    She’s why you’re here today; no matter if she isn’t a part of your life now, and you wear a white rose to honor her memory today – Mother’s Day.

  • Commentary: Scott, Gowdy examine their friendship, the need for unity

    Editor’s note: Rep. Trey Gowdy, who grew up in an affluent white family, and Sen. Tim Scott, who is black and grew up in a poor, single-parent home, view their friendship as an unlikely one. The S.C. Republican members of Congress appeared Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” to talk about their new book, “Unified: How Our Unlikely Friendship Gives Us Hope for a Divided Country.” Here are excerpts of their interview with host Margaret Brennan.