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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Thanks for help with Citadel House

    Because I take pride in my community and value those who serve in it, I would like to take a moment to thank a few organizations and individuals.
    I want to thank the J. Marion Sims Foundation for supporting the Citadel House. Also thanks to the chamber of commerce, the United Way, The Lancaster News and the many individuals who came out to our open house ribbon cutting on June 21.
    I am so grateful to you all for all you have done to support this new 90-day supportive-service homeless shelter here in Lancaster.

  • Letter: Don’t blame Democrats for Trump’s slow start and media response

    This is a response to Charles A. Bundy’s column in Friday’s Lancaster News, headlined “Negativism, resistance to president must end so we can solve problems.”
    The Republicans have majorities in both houses of Congress, so they can pass any legislation they want. But the writer states that “Democrats, supported by an unhappy and embarrassed media, have thrown up every conceivable stumbling block to the orderly formation of a new government.”

  • Letter: Small-business lobby supports Senate healthcare proposal

    Obamacare has been burdensome for small business. This week, the Senate has a chance to do something about it.
    Year after year, when the National Federation of Independent Business surveys its members, they say their No. 1 priority is health care, but the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, has made things more difficult for them. Its onerous taxes and mandates have increased costs and reduced choices.

  • Column: Studying the world’s best schools

    Did you ever wonder what a truly great school looks like?
    In doing research with the U.S. News and World Report rankings of high schools, I learned that the top three high schools, and five of the top seven in the country, were run by BASIS – a chain of 27 tuition free, charter, private and international schools in five states, Washington, D.C., and China.

  • Column: Busy session addressed festering problems

    Here’s my final legislative summary for you regarding the just-finished General Assembly session.

    Roads funding and restructuring
    After years of inaction, the General Assembly passed a roads bill that reforms both the DOT and the State Infrastructure Bank, as well as provides a major increase in funding for long-overdue maintenance needs. The governor now has the authority – and responsibility – to appoint, oversee and, when necessary, fire the nine SCDOT Commissioners.

  • Column: County GOP looks ahead to ’18 cycle of elections

    With 2018 coming quickly, Lancaster County Republicans are gearing up for another successful year, following a number of historic wins in 2016 – including seating our first Republican auditor and coroner, and seeing Sheriff Barry Faile win by the largest-ever general election margin in a local sheriff’s race.

  • Column: Negativism, resistance to president must end so we can solve problems

    The recent shootings of unarmed members of Congress on a baseball practice field in Virginia is just the latest, but most serious, of a series of reactions to the election of our president.
    The shooter was dispatched by two brave security officers on the scene and will be no cost to the taxpayers while he awaits trial.
    This behavior must cease, and we need to face up to the atmosphere that feeds this kind of cowardly action by misfits in our society.

  • Column: We just can’t seem to avoid S.C. cronyism

    The state’s Judicial Merit Selection Committee screens and nominates judicial candidates. Its members are picked by the House speaker and the Senate president pro tem. State law requires that four of the 10 members be “selected from the general public,” while the other six must be sitting legislators.
    That takes us to former Sen. Wes Hayes of Rock Hill. It’s not our intent to denigrate him in any way – for all we know, he may be an ideal JMSC member. But there are two things wrong with his recent appointment.