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Today's Opinions

  • Keep ‘X-mas’ in your heart, don’t let non-issues intrude

    “Christmastime is here, happiness and cheer” as the Peanuts crew sang on their traditional half-hour special.
    A season of feasting and gift giving, of joy to the world and school vacation days. There will be pageants and cantatas and houses made up to look like candy-cane castles.
    It is a magical time of year that is supposed to bring people together, but it also opens the door for scrooges and Grinches who seem to revel only in bubble bursting or maintaining the true meaning of Christmas.

  • Letter: Democrats and Republicans unite

    A new generation of prejudice against African-Americans and immigrants has been revived through Donald Trump’s constant vitriolic hate speech all across America. Trump has employed the power of his millions to pay for this revival.
    The generation of American children that was taught to reject racism is now challenged to bring this dangerous revival to an immediate end. We must reject everything that Donald Trump represents. He has taken advantage of that sector of our population, which for a variety of reasons feels left out of this generation of American success.

  • Column: Why do S.C. lobbyists get state pensions?

    With the state pension system underfunded by billions of dollars and getting worse every day, how is it that non-state agencies are being allowed into the public pension system?
    That’s exactly what’s happening in South Carolina.
    State employees can participate in the system, of course. That’s what it’s designed for. But the purpose gets murkier when others join in, such as special-interest groups and their lobbyists.

  • Column: World-altering consequences: A thought on Pearl Harbor Day

    What might have been. These words often haunt us as we look back at decisions we’ve made. A single decision can sometimes save thousands of lives or cost millions.
    Seventy-five years ago, the Japanese Navy sent warplanes from its carriers to destroy American forces stationed at Pearl Harbor. Our country was not at war with Japan. In fact, we were negotiating for peace.
    Japan’s forces came in two waves. The first wave came literally out of the blue, and our sailors and soldiers could do little more than scramble to meet it.

  • Letter: Best of luck, Chief Carter

    I would like to thank retiring Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Carter and wish her a blessed life.
    I called her a lot and prayed for her department, and also Sheriff Barry Faile and his department.
    I also would like to thank all county and city officers for their hard work and to ask the public to pray for them. God bless.

    Carl M. Miles
    Lancaster

  • Letter: Act of kindness deserves thanks

    In Walmart on Nov. 26, I was behind a friendly and nice lady with a cart loaded with merchandise. I remarked to her that she had really good luck shopping.
    When I started to pay for my purchases, the cashier advised that the lady before me had paid for mine. I was so surprised and so appreciative. But I didn’t get to thank her.
    To this wonderful and kind person, I wish to say a big thank you! You made my day, and I will definitely pass it on to make someone else very happy. Thank you!

    Lynn Melton
    Lancaster

  • Letter: Coach Mayer deserves some credit

    I do not know Indian Land coach Mike Mayer. Nor do I know Van Wyck resident Jimmy Fox. And I know little to nothing about football.
    But that does not matter. What does matter is that Mr. Fox, the “Voice of the Warriors,” spoke out and gave readers some very interesting and notable facts. Clearly, the facts that he stated in Friday’s Lancaster News guest column, “Mayer a good coach,” cannot easily be disputed.

  • Column: Let’s not love S.C. rivers to death

    Recently, I was invited to speak to the Friends of the Edisto River and I met Hugo Krispyn, who lives on the headwaters of the North Fork of the Edisto. He wrote this about the dangers facing the Edisto and other S.C. rivers.