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Today's Opinions

  • Executive excess is bailout banditry

    From the Associated Press: Of the unregulated Bush $350 billion bailout for banks, at least $1.6 billion went to bank execs: cash bonuses, chauffeurs, country club memberships and the like. “The total amount given to nearly 600 executives would cover the bailout costs for 53 of the 116 banks that have so far accepted tax dollars to boost their bottom lines,” AP reports.

  • The Need to Breed: Laboring for Love

    Nadya Suleman, aka Octo-Mommy, is 33 years old, single, and hasn’t had a source of income, other than some kind of public assistance and borrowed cash, since the late ’90s. She’s depended on disability payments and student loans to survive. And, while she’s been dependent on loans and public assistance, she has managed to have fourteen children through six in vitro fertilizations. Why? Because she wanted children and couldn’t have them any other way. Six in vitro procedures, folks--and the average cost of each procedure is $10,000-$15,000.

  • It’s time to put aside personal squabbles

    I like Glenn Odom.

    There, I said it.

    Finally.

    See, honesty is the best policy.

    I just would like others to be as honest, in particular when it comes to participating in the derailment of what could economically vitalize Chesterfield County, and in particular, the west end of the county.

    Y’know, for Pageland – the actual gateway to Chesterfield County, despite Cheraw’s claim to the phrase.

  • It’s time to put aside personal squabbles

    I like Glenn Odom.

    There, I said it.

    Finally.

    See, honesty is the best policy.

    I just would like others to be as honest, in particular when it comes to participating in the derailment of what could economically vitalize Chesterfield County, and in particular, the west end of the county.

    Y’know, for Pageland – the actual gateway to Chesterfield County, despite Cheraw’s claim to the phrase.

  • Letters to the Editor

    Lynches River has not caused costs to increase

    As we embark on our 70th successful year of service, Lynches River Electric Cooperative continues to deliver reliable electric energy at a competitive price which improves the quality of life of our members. While our mission is to deliver electric energy, our goal is to improve the lives of the members and communities we serve.

  • Refusal of stimulus money would be devastating to S.C.

    Gov. Mark Sanford and I recently engaged in an animated debate in The State over the merits of the $787 billion federal economic recovery package signed Feb. 17 by President Barack Obama.  The governor’s opposition to the stimulus legislation, and his early threats to reject federal money allocated to our state, reveal fundamental differences in our economic philosophy, personal background and priorities for South Carolina. We may agree in our ultimate desire to improve the lives of South Carolinians but disagree on how to get there.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Reality vs. Tee Shirts

     

    Alligator has introduced a new wear into fashion. Gators are the style we are normally accustomed too; however, at last, out of the invisible shadows of community participation stepped Alligator Rural Water and Company (Alligator), and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). It was wonderful seeing them in the light of day.

  • Letter to the Editor

    What is the point to public input?

     

    Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture/Rural Development (USDA/RD) per (Jacqueline Ponti-Lazaruk-Assistant Administrator Water and Environmental Programs) announced on March 3, 2009, among other things, it is the understanding of the USDA/RD “that Alligator Rural Water and Sewer Company, Inc., (Alligator) is working on a proposed Phase 111 that would serve these communities (Pageland and Jefferson).”