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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Remembering Harry Briggs Jr., S.C. child who stood for many

    We were sad to hear about last week’s passing of Harry Briggs Jr.
    In the late 1940s, when Harry was in elementary school in Clarendon County, his parents, Harry Briggs Sr. and Eliza Gamble Briggs, thought it was unfair that Harry Jr. and the other black children didn’t have a school bus like the white children did. So Harry Sr. and Eliza joined with other black parents and brought a lawsuit, represented by Thurgood Marshall of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and local lawyer Harold Boulware.

  • Column: Trump’s behavior problems are way too big to set aside

    In a letter to the editor last Friday, Paul Lloret said that Donald Trump’s message resonates with a large number of Americans, so we shouldn’t be upset over his behavior problems and should “consider the source” of the criticism.
    While the resonating part may be true, I wholeheartedly disagree with the second bit.
    Criticism of Trump’s behavior isn’t coming only from other politicians. It’s coming from your neighbors as well.

  • Letter: Dr. Walker, it’s time to move on

    Editor’s note: This letter responds to L. Brooks Walker’s Sunday column headlined “Listen as Clinton parses words on Comey’s e-mail testimony.”

    As I read yet another article by L. Brooks Walker in the Aug. 14 edition of The Lancaster News, I begin to wonder is he truly a guest columnist – it seems as though he writes a column per week –  a right wing nut with too much time on his hands, or simply someone with an ax to grind with Democrats and Hillary.

  • Letter: On topic of lies, don’t forget Bush

    Editor’s note: This letter responds to L. Brooks Walker’s Sunday column headlined “Listen as Clinton parses words on Comey’s e-mail testimony.”

    Brooks Walker may be onto something. I think he has figured out that politicians lie.
    I never had considered this, so I googled lying politicians and got 26,600,000 hits.
    He listed what he considers lots of lies and half truths told by politicians. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that all his examples were Democrats.

  • Letter: Political corruption has metastasized

    James McManus talks of anti-Hillary “drivel” in your Aug. 10 paper. What a joke! He should have read his own article. Talk about drivel!
    I’d list all the lies and corruption of his idol Hillary, but why take up the whole paper. Besides, one who doesn’t want to see, can’t be made to see.
    There’s plenty of government people who belong in jail, but what’s keeping them out is called corruption. It has metastasized into the norm in both parties. It’s people with blinders, like Mr. McManus, that let it keep growing.

  • Column: Now’s the time to help lawns recover from summer stress

    As summer fades into fall, it’s time to help lawns recover from summer stress and prepare for the winter ahead.

    Keep mowing your lawn as long as it continues to grow. Grow cool-season grasses like bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass, and you want it 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches tall. Warm-season grasses like Bermuda, carpetgrass, centipede and zoysia should be grown at 1 to 2 inches tall while St. Augustine should a bit higher, 2 to 3 inches, for best results.

  • Column: What does an average Medicare enrollee pay?

    Many people have a misconception that Medicare is free healthcare coverage for when they reach age 65.

    That is far from the truth.

    This column spells out some of the common costs that are associated with Medicare, to show future Medicare recipients what they might expect when they enroll. For a more detailed explanation of each of these parts of the program, visit Medicare.gov.

  • Column: Community of faculty, students convenes for USCL’s 58th year

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster will launch its 58th academic year Aug. 18, and our students and faculty are converging on campus this week excited about the intellectual journey ahead for all of us.
    Many Lancaster faculty members spent an interesting summer focused on scholarship, research and service on our campus, across our community and nation, even around the world.