Rail crossing laws for our own safety

On Sept. 23, at about 9:30 a.m., I was waiting at a railroad crossing at Cokesbury Street and Cambridge Avenue when two cars went around the downed gates while the train whistle was blowing within sev ...

Violence reaches an all-time high

There are few who have not encountered abuse and cruelty.  So many kinds, and the results last a lifetime. It is estimated a homicide is committed every 30 seconds. Our state is one of the most v ...

Three questions about our candidate choices

In America, a country of more than 300 million adult people, the choice for our president is between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, both of whom are the least popular candidates in our history. The ...

Drawing strength from flying a flag

Drawing strengthfrom flying a flagI do not remember the details of when I first heard about 9/11. I am sure I was bustling about doing household chores. Someone must have called and told us to turn on ...

Fondly remembering Sen. John Drummond

Being a native of Greenwood, I was blessed and honored to have worked as Sen. John Drummond's administrative assistant in his Columbia office from 1975 until his retirement in 2008. His main focus and ...

Drummond will be missed by county Democratic party

As the Greenwood County Democratic Party was preparing to celebrate the legacy of former Rep. Marion P. Carnell and Sen. John W. Drummond by hosting its annual celebration, the Carnell-Drummond Dinner ...

Takes issue with story placement

Greenwood County EMS supervisor who is fighting for his life should have been the headline in Sept. 5 issue of the Index-Journal. Instead, students watching caterpillars seemed more important. I am re ...

Heartfelt thanks to Johnny Waller

My mother recently passed at HospiceCare of the Piedmont. The loving care provided by the staff and comfortable facility provided my family a peaceful place to be with our loved one in her final days. ...

Democrats' annual dinner should have kept name

It's hard to know what to think when hard-charging historian Sam Martin persuades Democratic Party State Chairman Jaime Harrison and his crew to change the name of the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner ...

Answer call to help our fellow families

As the first anniversary of some of the worst flooding in South Carolina history approaches, a small army of nearly 80 Red Cross volunteers and staff from the Palmetto region, who provided humanitaria ...

Rules are rules, not mostly rules

Rarely do I disagree with the editor. Pardon the pun, but most of the time I find we are on the same page. However, "Election belongs with voters, not in court" (Aug. 31) finds me with a split decisio ...

Faith Home's Barnes thanks community

I would like to thank the people of the City of Greenwood and surrounding counties for the support you have given to me and Faith Home as a whole during a very difficult time. It is with deep humility ...

Will third party send in another Clinton?

Deja vu refers to something that seems familiar, as if it has happened before.Nov. 3, 1992: Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton vs. Republican President George H.W. Bush and independent Ross Perot. Though Pero ...

The end for many, but there is hope

Alzheimer's Disease is heartbreaking. Sometimes we wish we could erase bad memories. To lose all memory is debilitating. One study has concluded that negative thinking and feeling obsolete might ...

Cannot see why voters would support Clinton

This is an earnest plea. For those of you who feel Hillary Clinton is suited to be president, you must read and study what is taking place today in Germany. Mrs. Clinton, like Germany, plans to open o ...

Not choosing is a choice

Reference John Stossel's Saturday column, there is much in his thought with which I agree. I particularly like his Jeffersonian view that the best form of government is the least amount with whic ...

Thanks store, its customers

On June 24, I was invited to stop by the Dollar General on Emerald Road to be presented with money collected for the benefit of Mr. and Mrs. Holley. Mrs. Holley is in Stage 5 kidney failure and&n ...

In praise of views three have shared

Having had 86 birthdays, I have been around long enough to watch America's behind-the-scenes creep toward socialism gain pace over the years, and really speed up under the blatancy of Barack Obama and ...

Take time to thank my friend, Jeff May

 A good friend of mine retired from his longtime job last week. He retired a little sooner than I thought he would. He also retired without any fanfare, which surprised me, especially because of ...

Best of luck to Jeff May

As a current athletic director in the Peach Belt Conference, I am compelled to write and give a big thank you to Jeff May, who recently retired as athletic director from Lander University. I am sure t ...

Questions wisdom in school district

I am responding to the July 10 article "Not-so-perfect attendance" regarding school absences. It has been a concern of mine since our grandchildren moved in with us six years ago and began school in N ...

After Brexit comes Texit

Great Britain has seceded from the European Union, and the world is different now. The British people have voted for freedom, independence and national identity. Taxpaying Brits have thrown  ...