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Today's Opinions

  • Heath Springs keeps senior center

    The notification came in a simple press release: The Heath Springs Seniors Center was closing. Seniors using the Heath Springs facility could continue to get the same services at the Kershaw Satellite Senior Center just five miles away.

    We knew what the reaction would be.

    “It upset us really bad (the decision to pull services),” said Heath Springs senior Dessie Reeves. “We’re a close-knit bunch here.”

    That is quite true.

  • Woman’s marker stolen from grave at Kershaw Cemetery

    On Dec. 10, while attending a friend’s burial at Kershaw Cemetery, I visited my late husband’s grave to pay respect. I noticed at this time that my tombstone had been removed. Someone had actually stolen my grave marker that I had placed beside my deceased husband’s grave.

  • Isn’t paper’s editorial section the place to air your opinions?

    After reading Karen Paulson’s letter to the paper about how my letter to the paper was not necessary, I was a little bit confused.

    I was under the impression that the opinion section of the newspaper was exactly the place to air my opinion.

    I am thankful to live in a country where I have the freedom to express my thoughts and a forum in which to do so.

    And, as a matter of fact, someone from both the tax assessor’s office and the Department of Motor Vehicles contacted my husband and me.

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  • Could truce impact the world?

    What if there were no hatred? No ill will? No jealousy? What if there were just reverence? Calmness?

    What if on one night a year everyone paused to reflect on the good?

    It’s happened before. Been documented in history, retold in books and recorded in songs.

    On Dec. 24, 1914, German troops began decorating the area around their trenches of Ypres, Belgium, for Christmas.

    They put candles on trees and sang Christmas carols. One of those was Stille Nacht (Silent Night.) British troops in trenches across from them responded by singing English carols.

  • Taxes, land conservation top of agenda

    Editor’s note: Sen. Greg Gregory, R-16, writes a newsletter to capture the happenings in the General Assembly. Following is a synopsis of the bills:

    Money matters

    It has been said that the art of taxation is to pluck the most feathers from the goose without it noticing. In South Carolina, legislators have taken this approach by swapping taxes that are hated (property taxes) for ones that are perceived as more pain-free (sales taxes and fees). There has been much change in the last two years, so here is a thumbnail sketch of the current status.

  • Zoning changes hidden behind bureaucratic red tape

    The original intent of zoning was to provide for stability in communities by mandating what uses of the land in that community were permissible.

    The act of rezoning was quite rare and done only under extraordinary circumstances. This provided protection for property owners in a community and ensured preservation of community characteristics and property values.

    Now the fad has become rezoning. Current zoning insures no stability in a community. Why is this occurring? Greed.