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Today's Opinions

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Lesson on the walk up the mountain

    How much progress have we made in the past 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis? Have we reached the mountaintop? Is the dream still alive? 

    That progress, in many ways, is simply about shoes – as in “you have not walked in my shoes.”

    It works both ways; you have not walked in MY shoes. 

    The challenge is having a conversation where we agree to agree, agree to disagree and agree on what we can work together to change.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Our goals for 2018

    February 4 marks the beginning of the year of the Brown Earth Dog – if you follow Chinese astrology.

    The dog is one of twelve Chinese astrological symbols. There are also five elements and five colors that must be considered. 

    So 2018 is the year of the Brown Earth Dog. 

    Typically, those born under the dog sign are communicative, good listeners, serious, responsible, and have a deep sense of justice. 

    The Progressive Journal values those traits.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Planning for college expenses

    Curtis Loftis

    S.C. Treasurer

    For many of us, the New Year is a time to create resolutions we hope will have a lasting impact in our lives. 

    We think of the New Year as a blank slate, the perfect opportunity to prioritize what is most important to us. For many families across South Carolina, helping their children achieve future goals and dreams is at the top of that list. 

  • Letter: Resolve to become a Guardian ad Litem

    Dear Editor, 

    The season of giving is upon us and there is no better gift than giving back to your community. 

    Being a volunteer with the Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem program allows you to give your time to an abused and neglected child in Chesterfield County all year round. The joy you will receive knowing you made a difference in the life of a child is priceless. 

    The shared efforts of the Guardian ad Litem and various county partners makes sure a children have voice, helping to overcome feelings of uncertainty. 

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Santa, newsmen share bond

    Santa Claus is one of the hardest people in the business to interview.
    There is no question he hasn’t been asked.
    His answers, while heartfelt, lack specifics.
    We know he lives at the North Pole, but exactly where? We know he travels by sleigh, but how does it fly so far so quickly?
    How can he get all those presents to all the children, all over the world, in just one night?
    His answers are just a twinkle of his eye.

  • COLUMN: “Christmas: A Love Story and a Light Story”

    Christmas is a love story and a light story. It is no accident that lights are so much a part of the Christmas celebration. The light of the ancient star was more than guidance for the wise men.

  • Letter: Thank you

    Dear Editor,

    The Central High School Varsity Girls Basketball team would like to thank Mr. Funderburk from Wallace Mechanical Supply Inc for his donation.
    The girls have not only been practicing hard, but also working hard to raise the money for essential gear. Mr. Funderburk’s donation will be used to buy basketball shoes for the team.
    The girls are working hard and hoping for a successful season.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Ready to buy that tree? Here’s what you need to consider

    Christmas, it’s the most wonderful time of the year – if you know how to deal with stress.
    There are so many questions and it’s seldom a yes-no choice.
    How do you pick the perfect tree, the perfect gift, plan the perfect dinner, and pick the perfect outfit?
    It gets more complicated when more people are making the decisions. Asking children rarely leads to consensus.
    It is also the classic left brain-right brain situation.