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To program helping veterans, horses:


The equine connection is a relatively easy one to make, but the distance from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to Aiken still shows the impact of a great program. The initiative – known as the War Horse program – offers the men and women of our military a therapeutic outlet through connecting with horses. Anne Campbell, wife of Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell, is hoping to replicate the program in the CSRA – a very commendable effort.


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To ongoing politics of state agency hacking:


When news broke that the personal information of millions of South Carolina taxpayers was hacked, it was certainly an atrocious black eye for our state leaders.


But the state’s Democrats are focusing all the blame on Gov. Nikki Haley. The party even held vigils across the state to remember the event, which looked more like a political stunt. Democrats should be telling us how they would do things differently instead of merely pointing out the blame.


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To Operation Christmas Child:


The Aiken area will be offering underprivileged children a more fruitful Christmas through an initiative known as Operation Christmas Child. Local individuals, families and organizations are encouraged to donate to the group’s efforts by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement in time for the holiday season. The international program has collected and delivered more than 100 million shoebox gifts to suffering children.


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To misinformation of voter ID Law:


No one who qualifies should ever be denied the right to vote. Those going to the polls for local elections on Tuesday are now required by state law to have a photo ID – either a valid S.C. driver’s license or ID card issued by one of a number of state or federal agencies. However, according to The State newspaper, there’s a grace period for voters who have a voter registration card, but a “reasonable impediment” for not having a photo ID. Those folks, likely older individuals, should not be turned away from the polls.