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Today's Opinions

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Freedom, the lasting casualty of the 9-11 attacks

    Last Wednesday, some Americans paused to remember the events of 9-11.
    Prayers were said for the fallen, those who died that horrific day, those who have died afterwards from the toxic dust that hung in the air, and those who answered the country’s call and have died protecting her.  
    It has been 18 years since we watched the terror attacks play out on television, watching a hijacked passenger jet crash into the one of the World Trade Towers.

  • LETTER: Limit appeals for convicted murderers

    South Carolina must have a lot of money to waste. I say this because the state keeps giving a convicted murderer new hearings to have his conviction overturned. The officials say it’s his right.
    Thomas Stewart was convicted and sentenced to life without the chance of parole for killing my niece on New Year’s Day in 2010.
    What rights did my niece have? He murdered her in front of her two sons, who were very young at the time. They are still trying to heal, but it is hard because he keeps going before a judge to make his petitions for a new trial.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Peanuts, passions and Pageland

    What is your peanut?
    It is one of the latest catch phrases used by Timothy Griffin, president of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce.
    It comes from a meeting Griffin and executives from Lynches River Electric Cooperative recently attended.
    It is shorthand for what makes your community different. What is your community brand?
    So when Griffin asked a group of community leaders Thursday evening what is Pageland’s peanut, they shouted:
    Cirullus lanatus!
    Wooly fruit!
    Well, not exactly.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Time to find the time answers

    “Does anyone know what time it is?
    “Does anyone really care?”

    The answer to this musical question posed by the Chicago Transit Authority – later shortened to just Chicago – is apparently “yes” in Pageland.
    Just ask Gail Leaird, president of the Pageland Garden Club.
    Leaird recently confronted a post-meeting gathering of the Pageland Town Council.
    Five members listened as Leaird told them “we will not have an emblem on our clock.”

  • LETTER: Pageland Police Dept. thanks NNO attendees

    The Pageland Police Department would like to thank everyone who attended the 2019 National Night Out on Aug. 6.
    We thank the following who made donations to the event: the town of Pageland, the Pageland Chamber of Commerce, the Pageland Watermelon Festival, Lynches River Electrical Co-Operative, Wal-Mart Distribution, Timothy Griffin, Elaine Robertson, Cardinal Therapy and Sylvia’s Cakes and Things.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Being water wise during bad weather

    This year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting a “near-normal” hurricane season in 2019, with between two and four major hurricanes expected.
    As a South Carolina native, I lived in Gaffney during Hurricane Hugo and remember that despite being so far inland, the damage in our community was significant. We were without power for an extended time.  
    For those of us in close proximity to Hurricane Alley, hurricanes are a fact of life. It’s important to prepare ahead of time for what might come our way.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Delivering for African Americans

    Last month, several 2020 Democrats came to Charleston to speak at the Black Economic Alliance forum, recognizing that the Democrat nomination runs through South Carolina. They lectured us about what they think our communities need, while refusing to cover their own records on race.
    Moreover, what these candidates failed to address at the forum were the historic results that President Donald Trump has delivered for the African American community.
    Since Trump took office, nearly 2-1/2 years ago, he has delivered transformative results.

  • STAFF COLUMN: A festival celebrity – for 45 minutes

    There is a first time for everything.
    After living in Pageland for over half a century, last Saturday morning I experienced my first time being in the Pageland Watermelon parade.
    I found myself “off the sidelines” after so many years of standing – sometimes sitting –  somewhere along McGregor Street, waving at the parade participants.
    Saturday was a new and amazing experience.