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Letters to the Editor

Another reminder that officers deserve our gratitude

on Tuesday, 30 January 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

January 9 was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. The annual observance aims to remind us of the constant dangers facing our police, deputies and other public safety officers. A much more sobering reminder came just one week later, on Jan. 16, when

2018 candidates should commit to civil, issue based campaigns

on Tuesday, 23 January 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Tolerance for opposing views has been in decline in recent years, and markedly so in the 14 months since the 2016 presidential election. Today, the atmosphere surrounding public debate is a toxic one. Contrary opinions are shouted down, and vitriol and en

The Trump foreign policy: year one

on Tuesday, 16 January 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

As the completion of the Trump administration’s first year comes into focus, it is difficult to sift through the loud drumbeat of Russian “collusion” and the endless noise that emanates from the mainstream media about the shortcoming and failures of the T

Identity politics is dividing America

on Tuesday, 02 January 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

The past two years of political partisanship, where political parties and universities have been utilizing the mainstream media to promote a distorted narrative of distrust and hate among our citizens, are creating an unhealthy division within our country

An issue that’s not so taxing

on Tuesday, 19 December 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

It’s been said that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. We haven’t yet figured out a way to mitigate death, and paying taxes remains an unwelcome necessity. But Republicans in Congress are seeking to ease the overwhelming burden on tax-payin

Clean air essential to our health, environment

on Tuesday, 05 December 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Is breathing clean air important to you and to your family members? If it is, know that air quality as it relates to open burning in South Carolina is a serious health issue. Open burning occurs when unscrupulous site prep companies clear land for either

The paradox of abundance

on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Life is funny. As suckling babes, the most luxurious thing we could ever imagine is the nurturing warmth of our mothers. But as we age, a whole host of desires and ambitions begin to take shape in our minds. For the most part, whether we want to admit it

Watchdog citizens strengthen communities

on Tuesday, 21 November 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

They keep tabs on their public officials, often asking the tough questions and sounding the alarm when something doesn’t seem right. They attend meetings, sometimes sitting in the front row and staying until the very end. They request information under th

Bridges resignation is children’s loss

on Tuesday, 14 November 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

District One Superintendent Randy Bridges’ leadership will be sadly missed by the children in our school district. Over the past years Dr. Bridges has offered a vision and a strategic plan that was creating a wonderful momentum of excitement in learning a

Drug makers are leading the way on R&D

on Tuesday, 07 November 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Kenneth E. Thorpe Over five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. While a few drugs can temporarily alleviate symptoms, there’s no treatment that slows the progression of the underlying disease; so family members watch helplessly as their

Kudos to the Symphony and St.Luke’s on concert

on Tuesday, 24 October 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Last Monday night’s (Oct. 16) opening concert of the Florence Symphony Orchestra was a most entertaining and moving performance for the approximately 500 patrons in attendance. The outstanding first half of the concert included the popular Mozart’s Overt

Political correctness out of hand

on Tuesday, 17 October 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

America: home of the brave, land of the offended. If the only reason Glenn Odom was asked to resign from Florence School District 1 board of directors is because he used the term darkie, shame on them. Since Glenn Odom has been on the board for over 25 y

NFL, flag and police brutality issue is a hoax

on Tuesday, 10 October 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

The mainstream media and the progressive left have created a completely false narrative regarding the disrespect of the national anthem and the American flag as a protest against police killings of black victims and have painted the entire law enforcement

Drug overdose a leading cause in accidental death

on Tuesday, 03 October 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the leading cause of accidental death in 2015 was drug overdose. The life toll from the drug epidemic has been consistently growing over the past couple of years with opiate addiction and overdose b
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