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Inspirational Korner – Replacing worry with prayer

on Tuesday, 22 January 2019. Posted in Faith, Opinions

Theme: Matthew: 6:27 – 29: Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solo

Down South: quitting the band

on Tuesday, 22 January 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Tom Poland I played trumpet in the Lincolnton High School band. Well, that’s not true. I was in elementary school, not high school, so the band must have had another name, and I never played the trumpet. I tried. I would quit the band to play football

Fun with palindromes

on Tuesday, 22 January 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

A palindrome is a word or sentence that reads the same forward as it does backward. The words a and I are perhaps the simplest and least interesting palindromes; the word racecar and the name Hannah are more interesting and illustrative. Words • aibohphob

Referendum approval is a win-win for Florence

on Tuesday, 22 January 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

The February 26th bond vote on District 1’s capital improvements will be a watershed decision for Florence citizens, not only for the security and safety upgrading of school facilities, but also for the future economic growth of the entire community. Joe

Down South: grandma’s weapon of choice

on Tuesday, 15 January 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Down South: grandma’s weapon of choice
By Tom Poland In Sunday drives’ heyday, air conditioning was gaining momentum but you’d be hard pressed to find air-conditioned stores and homes in rural areas. Oh, you might see a window unit or two but central air was rare. Breezes blew back windows’ c

The dropping temperatures

on Tuesday, 15 January 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Having grown up in Pennsylvania, I was always accustomed to January being well below zero in regards to temperature. Growing up, January was a time of snowball fights and sled rides. Now that I live in South Carolina, those activities are no longer possib

Gambling: Let people (not the government and not “the” people) decide

on Tuesday, 15 January 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Thomas L. Knapp Why should it be up to the US Department of Justice, or this or that group of politicians or lobbyists, or some percentage of your state’s voters, whether or not you can place a bet on the outcome of a sporting event, a roll of the dic

A compelling case against high taxes

on Tuesday, 08 January 2019. Posted in Opinions

By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller It’s the central dividing line of American politics: the age-old debate between those who generally favor higher spending and taxes, and those on the other hand who believe it’s beneficial to let taxpayers keep more

Retirement planning

on Tuesday, 08 January 2019. Posted in Opinions

With company pension plans becoming less prominent and shortfalls in Social Security more likely, planning for your retirement is now more important than ever. The fear of outliving one’s retirement savings is ever present as society is faced with longer

Down South: the things we keep

on Tuesday, 08 January 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Tom Poland Hollywood props, of all things, took me back to family roots in Georgia. I was bored, a rare malady, for which the cure is a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western (so named because Italians directed them). A scene in Pale Rider featured a famili

A blast from the past

on Tuesday, 08 January 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

It is hard to believe that it is already 2019. Futhermore, it is even harder to believe that the year 1999 was 20 years ago. Here is a list of some of the events that took place in January 1999. January 1st, 1999, the Euro currency was first introduced. J

Why I am still a cryptocurrency enthusiast, 2019 edition

on Tuesday, 08 January 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

by Thomas L. Knapp Cryptocurrencies had a rough ride in 2018. As of January 7, 2018, the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies tracked by CoinMarketCap.com came to more than $800 billion, its highest point ever. As I write this on January 3

Trump’s holiday gift to America: Hope for a little more peace on Earth?

on Monday, 31 December 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

by Thomas L. Knapp In March, US president Donald Trump promised the American public that US troops would be leaving Syria “very soon.” Nine months later, he threw Washington’s political establishment into turmoil by finally ordering the withdrawal he’d p

Remembering 2018, the good and the bad

on Monday, 31 December 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As we embark on a new year, let’s recap some of the good and bad things that happened in 2018. January 1: Iceland ensures equal pay for men and women. Iceland became the first nation to make paying men more than women illegal. Passed on Women’s Day the ye

New Year an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to good government

on Monday, 31 December 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller We can all afford to better ourselves in some way, and this time each year many us resolve to do so – whether it’s adopting a healthier lifestyle, working a little harder toward a goal, or learning a new skill. And f
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