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Letters to the Editor

Santee Cooper debt issues

on Tuesday, 12 March 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

South Carolinians who get their electricity from one of our state’s 20 co-ops (including Pee Dee and Santee Electric) and directly from Santee Cooper are in debt to the tune of over $8 billion. Half of that comes from Santee Cooper’s 45 percent ownership

Tom Poland’s Down South: Dolly’s salon

on Tuesday, 05 March 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

I took a deep breath and entered no man’s land, a hair salon. Dolly’s Salon, however, I would discover is not your ordinary salon. My muse, Memory led me to write about this unusual salon in Edgefield. A classmate who did my mother’s hair for many years d

RIP, faithful ones

on Tuesday, 26 February 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

I had to see it. I heard it was up North Carolina way, and with the aid of my son-in-law’s Garmin GPS I found it, the resting place of mules and horses. To see this poignant cemetery is to see how urban encroachment chews up farmland. To see it is to witn

STUDENT Letters to the editor

on Wednesday, 20 February 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Dear Editor, My name is Alexis Hinson and I am a junior in the IB Program at Wilson High School. I have been a student in Florence School District 1 for my whole life and have experienced the horrible conditions in the buildings of our district. There is

Questioning the referendum

on Wednesday, 20 February 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

I am writing to suggest that owners of residential rental and commercial property think twice before voting for the Florence District One Referendum. In 2018 the tax per $100,000 for my personal residence was $323.23 while the tax on a commercial building

Florence must get more serious about education

on Wednesday, 20 February 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

A defining moment in determining Florence’s competitive future in South Carolina will occur with the citizens’ vote in the school board referendum. Recruitment of quality teachers and the replacement of the aging and disgraceful learning environments for

Flowers outlast us

on Tuesday, 12 February 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Tom Poland Despite all those bygone years the memory remains. Having my photograph taken. That was a big deal before phones turned cameras. There I am, circa 1957, standing amid green and yellow clumps of daffodils. Dad posed me in their midst for my

Letters to the editor

on Tuesday, 05 February 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Dear Editor: I am a Junior at South Florence High School and an intern with Students First. I wanted to help with the referendum because I believe that I should work to leave this world a better place than it was when I got here. As long as I’ve been a s

Down South: a changing rural southland

on Tuesday, 29 January 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

I’ve been writing about how the South is changing for a while now. That’s why I was asked to take part in Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit, “Crossroads, Change Comes To Rural America.” By the time you read this I will have taken the stage at the Newberry O

Down South: quitting the band

on Tuesday, 22 January 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Tom Poland I played trumpet in the Lincolnton High School band. Well, that’s not true. I was in elementary school, not high school, so the band must have had another name, and I never played the trumpet. I tried. I would quit the band to play football

Down South: grandma’s weapon of choice

on Tuesday, 15 January 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Down South: grandma’s weapon of choice
By Tom Poland In Sunday drives’ heyday, air conditioning was gaining momentum but you’d be hard pressed to find air-conditioned stores and homes in rural areas. Oh, you might see a window unit or two but central air was rare. Breezes blew back windows’ c

Down South: the things we keep

on Tuesday, 08 January 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Tom Poland Hollywood props, of all things, took me back to family roots in Georgia. I was bored, a rare malady, for which the cure is a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western (so named because Italians directed them). A scene in Pale Rider featured a famili

Trump’s holiday gift to America: Hope for a little more peace on Earth?

on Monday, 31 December 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

by Thomas L. Knapp In March, US president Donald Trump promised the American public that US troops would be leaving Syria “very soon.” Nine months later, he threw Washington’s political establishment into turmoil by finally ordering the withdrawal he’d p

Across the Savannah / Down South: The Christmas gift that keeps on giving

on Monday, 24 December 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Tom Poland Christmas Day blesses us with good times with family and food, and, yes, it’s a day of giving, but how many gifts, among the many, do you remember? Not many I bet. Well, some gifts stand tall in memory. I’d think country boys remember thei

Ice cream fell from the sky

on Tuesday, 18 December 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

By Tom Poland Growing up before weather satellites was great when I was a kid. Come winter, I’d go to bed unaware that rain was washing in from the west and cold air descending from the north. A colossal winter collision was in the making and the next mo
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