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Opinion

  • Across South Carolina, county councils are letting state legislators know that H 3290, which passed the state’s House of Representatives last year, would be a boon for out-of-state waste corporations, but a disaster for local communities.
    Thirty-eight of South Carolina’s counties have said “no” to more out-of-state trash. In doing so, they are aligning with their constituents versus big trash companies like Waste Management and Republic Services that already control most of South Carolina’s garbage.

  • To the editor:
    More than 15 years ago my father was served by Hospice of Chesterfield County.  This service was such a blessing. When our family was told in August, 2012 that our mother should be placed in Hospice care, there was no doubt; we wanted Hospice of Chesterfield County.  

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    “A bully is a just like a hole in a doughnut. Neither one serves any useful purpose at all.”

     

  • By Shane McNamee
    Despite its gun-friendly citizenry and reputation, South Carolina law doesn’t go out of its way to protect Second Amendment rights. Ours is one of only six states that impose an outright ban on all forms of handgun “open carry,” for example, and one of only three states that prohibit concealed weapons permit (CWP) holders from carrying weapons into restaurants that sell alcohol.
    Unfortunately, state law isn’t the only thing South Carolina gun owners need to be concerned about. Another is federal coercion.

  • “This poor man’s taxes are helping to build a $200 million auto metal stamping plant in Texas. And I may never get to visit the place or get a dime’s worth of profit from it. God bless the poor man.”

    “When I look back over my life, I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. And to all those people who said I would never amount to anything, I hope you are half as happy with yourself as I am with what I  have accomplished. Thank you.”

  • “Hello, Speak Out. I’m calling to congratulate the Central JV Eagles for an excellent 4 and 0 game. Way to go, JV. Keep it up. So far a 4 and 0 season. My fault. I’m rooting for you. Thank you for letting me speak out.”

    Note: This call came in after the JV Eagles defeated Lee Central on Sept. 26. They have since beaten the Chesterfield JV Rams on Oct. 3 and are still undefeated at 5-0. See the story of that game on Page 11.

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    “There goes the work crew again. Still won’t stop and pick up the tires. I know there’s three tires they just went by and about three or four more on the side of the road very close by. There they go. They’re on the move again and won’t slow down. Maybe one day they’ll stop and pick up the tires on the side of the road.”

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    By CARLTON B. WASHINGTON

     

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    “I want to speak out about what the person said about the black on white crime that happened in Jefferson. What about the white on black crime that happened in the Petersburg community with little Michael, the one that got killed in Mudville when the girl stabbed him 11 times? I haven’t heard anythng else about that since and I don’t believe I’m ever going to hear anything about it. Thank you.”

  •  “Interesting how noisy some people become when the realize too late how very wrong they are. Why wouldn’t any well-educated, well-rounded and truly patriotic and even loving individual not support community efforts and especially in hard times something that could bring us fun and bring us together. Maybe that question was an idiosyncrasy, being that I stated well-educated. Thank you so much.”

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    To the editor:

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