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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Americans with ‘invisible credit’ deserve a shot at home-buying

    In a bipartisan effort to help more everyday Americans achieve homeownership, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and I have introduced legislation to include some of the 26 million “credit invisible” individuals in the housing market.

  • Letter: Right to postpone stormwater vote

    My thanks to Lancaster County Council member Brian Carnes for insisting on delaying the third and final reading of the stormwater ordinance.

    I consider it insulting that a 30-page document was handed to those who hadn't seen it just prior to the vote, and I consider that behavior thoughtless at best, unethical at worst.

    I applaud council members Terry Graham, Jack Estridge and Larry Honeycutt for standing with Mr. Carnes. I regret that council members Charlene McGriff and Billy Mosteller chose not to support this obvious solution.

  • Letter: No partisan hostility in my view of Trump

    In a letter to the editor responding to my Aug. 18 column, Ronald Hopkins made an incorrect assumption. 

    Mr. Hopkins doesn’t know me, so I’ll give him a pass on his assumption that I supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, and that I’m still nursing some bitterness over her loss. 

  • Column: S.C. needs to save up for the lean times ahead

    The state Comptroller General’s office released its annual budget report last month, giving citizens insight into the sources of state revenue and how that money was spent as well as suggestions for future spending. Here’s the bottom line: The government needs to spend less.

    According to the report, the General Fund this year accumulated $7.582 billion in revenue, slightly more than the $7.271 billion collected during fiscal 2016. However, it states, “the revenue growth rate has been slowing during the past two fiscal years.”

  • Letter: Your article completely misrepresents our hotel

    “Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant strolls past the numbered doors of Carriage Inn rooms, sniffing for marijuana fumes escaping through the air-conditioning vents.”

    This beginning to the story on Sunday’s front page is a complete disgrace. For one thing, the article had nothing to do with The Carriage Inn, so your reporter started the article without any evidence that the police chief had any cause or warrant to come onto the hotel property to “search” for marijuana.

  • Letter: Wishing you peace amid life’s struggles

    Sept. 5, 2003, is a day that I will carry with me forever. It was the day my mother passed away.

    Every year since her death, I start to change as the anniversary of her passing comes closer. I get depressed and angry, and other emotions come into play. I have gotten better at dealing with them as time as passed, but nevertheless they still come.

  • Column: Reinventing public education in S.C.

    Cindi Ross Scoppe is one of the most important people in South Carolina. And, she has recently put forward one of the most important ideas for this state – perhaps the most important – for the last generation or so.
    Now I know that sounds like extreme hyperbole, but bear with me on this one, I think I’m right.
    First, about Scoppe and her idea.

  • Column: Dr. Sims cured a severe malady for many generations of women

    This is a response to last Sunday’s article about controversy over statues honoring Dr. J. Marion Sims.
    The article noted that Dr. Sims used enslaved African-American women for experimental surgeries in the mid-1800s. Let me add some detail and context.