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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: New Medicare benefit in 2017 helps Alzheimer’s patients plan care

    November is National Family Caregivers Month. This is important to me because every day I see individuals and families whose lives have been completely turned upside down by Alzheimer’s disease.

    As a member of the S.C. Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors and the owner of a home-care organization serving Lancaster, York and Chester counties, I have the opportunity to assist families in navigating through this horrible disease, but more help is needed.

  • Letter: NAMI mental health support groups are expanding into Lancaster County

    It is with great pride that we announce that new mental health support groups are expanding into Lancaster County. 

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the largest grass-roots mental health organization in the nation. NAMI chapters like Piedmont Tri-County train volunteers in Lancaster, Chester and York counties to lead confidential support groups for individuals and families affected by mental illness.

  • Letter: Hey doc, where’d you get fat mirror?

    Hmmmm. When did I first notice this?

    I think it was last year, when I went to see my eye doctor, Malcolm Edwards. I was put in a room and looked in front of me. There was a mirror that took up the whole wall. 

    Well, I laughed as Dr. Edwards came in and – me being me – I asked him: “Where did you get that mirror that makes you look so fat?”

    He smiled and said, “You’re looking at yourself. That’s not a funny mirror, Myra.”

  • Column: Believers can maintain hope in trials

    The account of John the Baptist’s birth in Luke 1 gives hope to believers in Christ who experience trials.

    Zacharias and Elizabeth were an elderly Jewish couple from a small rural town in Judah. They believed in God and lived a godly life. Zachariah was a priest, and his wife came from a priestly family.

  • Column: Yearning for old Christmas spirit

    Christmas is supposed to be about Christ and spending time with family, not stressing about how the Christmas tree is not so perfect and how everything needs to be just right on the tree or all of the decorations throughout the house.
    It makes me sad when there are so many people stressing over what to get someone.

  • Column: Ag Department pays millions to advertising firm

    Why does South Carolina’s agriculture industry get its own taxpayer-supported ad campaign?
    The Certified SC Grown program, run by the S.C. Department of Agriculture, is “the most comprehensive resource for locally sourced SC produce, specialty crops and products” – so says its website. In short, it’s a state-sponsored advertising campaign for S.C. farmers and agricultural producers.
    It was started in 2007, and it shows no sign of slowing down or shrinking.

  • Letter: Rude in Congress, but no big deal?

    This is a response to Dr. Brooks Walker’s Nov. 23 column “Booing, lecturing VP-elect Pence was rude, vain, sanctimonious.”
    Dr. Walker, did you have a problem when a sitting member of Congress exercised his right to free speech by interrupting President Obama’s address to Congress and calling him a liar?
    I don’t remember reading your submission on that one.
    You’re an educated man. What would be happening today if Trump had won the popular vote by 2 million votes and lost the election? Mayhem!

  • Letter: A long talk with Linda Blackmon

    I read with great interest of your encounter with Linda Blackmon. I’d like to share my experience when I first met her.
    I’d moved from Newberry to Lancaster in ‘02. I was doing yard work in our front yard when this woman approached. She handed me a card which said she was seeking political office. I was busy, but I did stop to speak to her. Her conversation rambled on and  on, and after an interminable and wasted time, I told her I needed to get back to work, and I walked away from her.