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Category Archives: Opinions

Brother, I can’t spare a dime

There’s no detour around this issue: South Carolina roads and bridges need repair. However, I strongly disagree that the only way to fix our roads is to raid your wallet.

Let’s think back a bit. The billions raised by the penny tax over several decades have not fixed education. The tens of millions raised by the cigarette tax have not fixed Medicaid. Likewise, another $600

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Courier Letters to the Editor 3-22-17

Education or proselytizing?

Dear Editor,

Nothing is wrong with students being taught world religions … the problem is at what age should that be considered essential learning? Learning doctrines of religions at the impressionable age of 11 and 12 years old is questionable.

It is quite evident our public schools are repressing

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For the people, not the press

It is Sunshine Week in South Carolina.

The week is an annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community.

But every week in our state, newspapers are stepping up to see that the public has access to government meetings and records.

You might not know about these efforts, but if you read on you will learn of some of the outstanding ones

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It’s not for sissies

I suffer from moderately severe acrophobia. That means I’m afraid of heights. It doesn’t bother me unless I’m up high, like the second step of a step ladder. That’s about my limit.

So naturally, when a group of friends wanted to hike a section of the Foothills Trail, I was all for it. We drove up to the Chimney Top Gap at Rocky Bottom and began our trek.

The website said it was moderate terrain. I think it was rated by the people who scaled

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Tiredness, anger and frustration

Bonnie:

I feel a lot of tiredness, anger and frustration. We just moved to town right before my husband had a stroke. I can’t meet anyone in my neighborhood, because I’m always taking care of him. I’d love to have help,

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Courier Letters to the Editor

Do you love all children?

Dear Editor,

Amazing, isn’t it, how calling something by a new name can make it acceptable to the masses, no matter how evil it is? Or that the masses say they are against it, yet for the most part

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Adaptive sports for disabled vets

Disabled veterans will get a chance again this year to compete in adaptive sports across the country. The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking applications for $8 million grants that will support programs for disabled veterans and members of the Armed Forces.

Last year, grants helped fund 90 different programs, including

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Beware of the Bradford Pear

Every time someone gets the bright idea of bringing in a species of tree or plant not suitable for a region, things tend to go downhill.

A drive along Ruhamah Road off the Highway 123 exit illustrates this point perfectly. Right now, there’s a large wooded area near the road that is almost filled with blooming white trees. They’re all volunteers, and yes, the blooms are pretty. But bear in mind, all

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Courier Letters to the Editor

McMaster is right

Dear Editor,

When asked about a gas tax hike, Gov. Henry McMaster said a tax increase should be the last resort. He is absolutely right.

But representatives in Columbia are still proposing a higher gas tax. They also want more funding for state retiree

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Building a bridge to a brighter future

Restoring hope and opportunity is critical to lifting up our communities who feel like they have been left behind. We have people all across the country living paycheck to paycheck who are forced to make choices no family should, like whether they should pay for heat in the winter or purchase necessary medications. Our country has

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