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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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: 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

  • Column: Sometimes change is a business necessity

    I have heard it all my life. Change is inevitable. Change is constant.
    Many changes have taken place at The Lancaster News during my 31 years at the paper. Most of them you never noticed. Like when we switched from manually pasting up pages to producing them on computers. Or when we installed one piece of state-of-the-art equipment that reduced our press start-up time, and another that increased our color capacity throughout the paper.

  • 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.

  • Column: Mayer a good coach

    Mike Mayer is an extremely good coach. 

    When I was growing up, my mother, who was always concerned with good morals and ethics, said, “Jimmy, if you cannot say anything good about a person, don’t say anything.” I am sorry that some of you did not have that kind of upbringing. So I am going to say only good things about coach Mike Mayer. But before I do, I want to ask two questions.