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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Bathroom solution: 1-hole Porta-Johns

    Our lame duck president fired a cannonball across the bow of the Good Ship Lollipop to show us that he still has a final card up his sleeve.
    At my age and biological gender, I qualify as a male man and am restricted to “Men’s Only restrooms.” For bunches of years that was the going rule.

  • Letter: Lucas rips Haley on farm bill veto

    Editor’s note: The S.C. House voted 112-2 Tuesday to override Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto of legislation that would provide $40 million in grants to help the state’s farmers recover from last year’s floods. Republican House Speaker Jay Lucas, whose District 65 includes parts of eastern Lancaster County, wrote this in reaction to the override.

  • Column: One person keeping you in the dark

    Government belongs to you, not to politicians.
    You have every right to know what your elected and appointed officials are up to and how government bureaucracies operate at every level, whether they be towns, cities, counties, school boards or state government.
    That’s why 40 years ago South Carolina enacted the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It was model legislation for the nation at the time, but sorely needs updating to plug holes that have been created by those who don’t want to be bothered by citizen inquiries and sunshine on government.

  • Column: Marriage rate one of S.C.’s biggest issues

    Tackling big issues is tough. It’s far easier for policy makers and politicians to make a speech or issue a press release with a few snappy phrases and then claim they are doing something.
    And if you really want to make things difficult, add in such volatile and emotional issues as race, culture, sex and money – then it becomes a “really big tough issue.” Who wants to take this on? It’s easier to talk about transgender bathrooms.

  • Letter: Main Street needs someone to invest

    At those Chamber of Commerce get-togethers, you reckon some mention could be directed to Lancaster’s Main Street?
    Why is the spiffy-looking American Legion fairground area so seldom used? Why no fancy lights along our row of banks coming into town?
    Somebody must still own the old empty buildings on Main. Couldn’t the city ask the owners to spread a little cheerful paint on the exteriors, and drop the tax millage a little?

  • Letter: City too generous with tax-funded health benefits

    Editor’s note: This letter responds to a story about a 35 percent increase in health care premiums for the city of Lancaster and its employees.

    The front page of Wednesday’s edition must be an error! President Obama said we were going to save $2,500 per year with his Obamacare scam.
    I also think it is absurd that the city is paying 75 percent of the cost of employee health insurance, when most private sector jobs have barely 60 percent of the cost paid by their employers.
    Just more fleecing of the taxpayers.

  • Column: A pat on the back for Dr. Kumar

    Our good Lord works in mysterious ways! I had just left my son’s house at Cedar Pines Lake and started home to work in my yard, and something told me to go by and check on my friend and brother-in-law Louie Belk.
    As I came up to his house, my phone ran, and Louie said, “Sherrill, where are you? I have fallen and I’m bleeding and I need to go to the doctor!” I told him, “Louie, I’m here at your back door now.”

  • Column: Sounds stupid, but practice shaking hands

    Editor’s note: Rick Jiran, vice president of community relations for Duke Energy in South Carolina, gave the commencement address at Limestone College in Gaffney last Thursday. Here’s some of his advice on job hunting.

    Companies aren’t looking for reasons to hire you. They are looking for reasons not to hire you.