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Letters to the Editor

High priced college textbooks: Uncle Sam to the rescue

on Tuesday, 15 May 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Dr. Mark Hendrickson If you are a college student, professor, or bookstore employee, you know how jarringly expensive college textbooks are. It isn’t unusual for college students to have to spend over $1,000 per year on books. In an attempt to reduce

The changing face of deafness

on Tuesday, 08 May 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Donna L. Sorkin and Colin Driscoll Less than 1 percent of babies in the United States are born with some level of hearing loss. That may not seem like much. But it means that up to 12,000 American children enter the world each year struggling to hear

Supporting local businesses supports your community

on Tuesday, 01 May 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

If you’ve got shopping to do, the national “big-box” and ecommerce retailers can seem like an appealing option. They’re often located close to the Interstate. With huge advertising budgets, they bombard us with tantalizing deals and “doorbuster specials.”

Freedom is winning the encryption arms race

on Tuesday, 24 April 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

by Thomas L. Knapp At tax time in the US, as Gaurav Sangwani  of India's Financial Express reports, many American cryptocurrency users weren't interested in discussing that aspect of their lives with the Internal Revenue Service. In an early April TeamBl

Wilson High IB students speak out about gun violence

on Tuesday, 17 April 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Bethany Williams Wilson High student On March 14, a nationwide school walkout was held to protest gun violence in schools. This protest, coming in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14, aimed to shed light on an issue that is

If you like waiting, you’ll love single-payer

on Tuesday, 10 April 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Sally C. Pipes “Hello, 9-1-1? I think I’m having a heart attack.” “We’ll send an ambulance right away. It’ll be there in, uh, four hours.” That’s the reality for patients captive to the United Kingdom’s government-run healthcare system. And it’s what

Politicizing the FBI

on Tuesday, 03 April 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Now that pro-Hillary Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Director James Comey have been fired, it’s a fresh start for the FBI. McCabe leaked information to the media and lied under oath. J. Edgar Hoover would fire an agent at the drop of a hat for lack of c

Sunlight for the gas tax

on Tuesday, 27 March 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Toward the middle of each March, open-government advocates observe “Sunshine Week.” It’s used to raise awareness of the dangers of closed-door government and the importance of so-called “sunshine laws.” Sunshine laws, such as the S.C. Freedom of Informati

Don’t let underage drinking ruin your prom

on Tuesday, 20 March 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Many teens dream of their high school years’ being full of traditional and memorable events. Few are as eagerly anticipated as Prom night and its associated rituals. Unfortunately many teens, and parents, feel that including alcohol with these events is

The Juul presents a new threat to youth

on Tuesday, 13 March 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Technology has certainly improved our quality of life in many ways, but has also provided a number of unique challenges for youth and their parents. We regularly witness the dangers of the internet and social media and the need to ensure as parents that w

Think about this

on Tuesday, 06 March 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Sometime when you have a few minutes to spare imagine this. You are living in a country where the only people that have guns are law enforcement, military personnel (only when training or in another country fighting), and evil people who don’t abide by la

Time to get serious about upgrading our school facilities

on Tuesday, 27 February 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

The students of the District One Student Facilities Committee are to be commended for their initiative in developing a committee to expose the embarrassing physical needs within Florence’s high schools. Now, if only the adults in education and the voting

The time is now to act on gun violence

on Tuesday, 20 February 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Like most Americans, I am fed up with the shootings. Why have we accepted these shootings as “normal” events in today’s society? l think desperate times call for desperate measures. Forget the typical arguments about the second amendment for a minute – wh

Rejecting cloudy logic of EPA Ozone Rules

on Tuesday, 13 February 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Merrill Matthews The Environmental Protection Agency missed a court-ordered deadline to announce which regions of the country are complying with an Obama-era ozone rule. The agency says it needs more time to make that determination. Green activists ar
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