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Today's Opinions

  • Carnes column: Most excess money in budget used to fund public safety

    Last month, we looked at how excess funds are generated in the county budgeting process. We also talked about $2 million in excess funds from the 2013-14 fiscal year.
    This month, we will examine where some of these funds have been approved to be used in this fiscal year and why generally appropriating these one-time funds for reoccurring expenses do not make for sound fiscal policy.

  • Horan column: USDA, EPA need to do more to protect bees

    Although the “buzz” about bee declines makes headlines, excites public concern and warrants a White House Task Force on the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, bees are still in jeopardy.
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have failed to act with force on one of the key causes of pollinator declines – neonicotinoid pesticides.

  • Bender column: Let’s thank church that helped ILMS students

    On April 9-10, I helped chaperone a field trip for the Indian Land Middle School sixth-graders to Myrtle Beach. One-hundred-and-three folks took two rental buses on the trip, and we learned about medieval times, sharks, alligators and, eventually, we learned just a little bit about life.
    Right after lunch on Friday, we piled into the buses, counted our kids one last time, and began our ride home.

  • Little column: Why strengthening FOI Act is so important

    President Barack Obama has routinely promised greater transparency within the federal government. Now, Congress is making strides toward achieving this critical goal.
    The House of Representatives and Senate are considering nearly identical bills to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which provides the general public, including journalists, with access to federal government records.

  • Ussery column: Visit rough on Slick Willie

    I think our gardens and orchards drew most of the visitors to our farm in the summer months. Daddy would offer garden produce to millworkers, but they had to come get the vegetables.
    Mama canned all summer until the jars ran out or the garden stopped. We had a big surplus the summer of 1954, and Daddy told one of the mill supervisors to come to the farm and load up.

  • Watson letter: Help celebrate Law Day

    Friday, May 1, is Law Day.
    In 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower established Law Day to mark our nation’s commitment to the rule of law, a principle that sets us apart from many other countries around the world. Its designation underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share.

  • Evans letter: Begging for jobs ain’t easy

    Here we go again!  
    Isn’t it true that Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell and his group of people have brought new business to Lancaster County? According to newspaper coverage, there seem to be a couple of Lancaster County Council members usually up in arms with the Economic Development folks.
    As I recall, that Alliance 77 snafu involved groups across the river who were at odds with us. Come on now, does anyone seriously believe counties bordering Interstate 77 are really gonna help sway business to Lancaster?

  • Hopkins letter: Fascism alive and well in U.S.

    The left loves to brand conservatives as fascists, yet in reality, in which the left doesn’t live, they are the fascists.
    To understand this, draw a horizontal line on a paper. In the middle of that line draw a vertical line. That second line represents the middle between left and right (liberal and conservative).
    Now starting from the middle line, go right about a third of the way and draw another vertical line. That line represents the Constitution.
    If you went all the way to the right, that would be anarchy – no laws, anything goes.