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Today's Opinions

  • An original agent of change in Shelby

     You probably watched Barack Obama win the presidential election last Tuesday night with thoughts of tearful admiration, disgusting disdain or just simple, palpable amazement.

    I was thinking of a guy named Delbert O’Bannon.

    For some of us, he was a long-ago agent of change who in a small and anonymous  way helped evolve a world in which Obama could be elected.

  • We congratulate

     Barack Obama’s significant policy statement Sunday on 60 Minutes is one that deserves our applause.

    He very firmly and directly let the public know that during this presidency, there needed to be significant movement on an issue that has stagnated many Americans.

    And, no, this had nothing to do with his focus on the economy, healthcare, education or leaving Iraq and disarming Iran.

  • My Word: More Simpsonville memories

    I am delighted that Steve Doyle has returned to Shelby County to take the reins of our hometown paper.  It's always good for a community when one of its own assumes a prominent position from which to influence its future.  When you grow up in a place that you love, you want it to always remain just as good as you remembered, and if you have the inclination and the position you'll do what it takes to assure it.

  • Hopefully this end will be a beginning

    At long last we're are the end of an election season that compares to nothing in our lifetimes, an immersion as thorough and overpowering as technology would allow.

    Millions of us decided to tune in this presidential year - heck, almost all of us even voted - and we were engaged by a debate that historically has been overly formal, too esoteric, vague and, well, just boring. Who believed half of what they heard? Maybe we still don't, but we've certainly listened more closely.

  • Happy retirement, Miss Mary

    I don't normally fret about writing columns, but this one has been tough. How, after all, do you adequately muster the words to pay fitting tribute to someone who has spent much of her life taking care of our most vulnerable children and their families?

    For more than a decade, Mary Simmons directed the Dorman Center, a special day care for at-risk children. If you had to make a list of some of life's toughest assignments, that job would be right near the top.

  • What we think

    Today we should thank Cary Vowels for his service to the City of Simpsonville.

    Vowels has been part of the Simpsonville City Commission for six years, and his contributions have been outstanding. His has been a voice both  reasonable and resonant, and his impact serious. For that he deserves thanks.

    But he also deserves congratulations for being a man of dignity and honor in perhaps his last contribution to the city.

  • That was no endorsement

    The woman’s phone message was clear and strong and, as is the case with many of its ilk, absent of name, number or even e-mail address:

    “Your paper put an endorsement of Barack Obama on the front page. You should have put an endorsement of John McCain on the front page.”

    She didn’t elaborate. Her point and reasoning were understandable, and there was no problem with her vitriol.

    But her perceptions were more than a little hazy.

  • It's scary how big Halloween has become

    Sometime during the last couple of decades, the exact moment seems to have gone unrecorded, a witch toiling over a boiling caldron somehow threw in the right mix of eye of newt, cats whiskers and the dander of Cousin It to conjure up a spell that suddenly made Halloween very important.

    What always had seemed to be a fun little candyfest that captured the attention of small children, their parents and their dentists for, oh, maybe two weeks now has become some sort of monthslong homage to all things scary and saccharine.