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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Both parties have backed predators

    Sen. John Conyers is stepping down from office after living off the taxpayers’ dime for over 50 years. Now we will have to pay his pension, which probably makes my pension look like a tip.
    How about not only Congress, but their staff using taxpayers’ money to settle lawsuits against them? I never thought to ask for that at my union contract meetings.

  • Letter: Tanner to vote yes on IL incorporation

    I am continually being asked my position on Indian Land incorporating. I am voting yes.
    The last straw for me was Lancaster County Planning Commission changing its meeting hours to 6 p.m. That was the last slap in the face from Lancaster County. This change was made so Indian Land residents will find it almost impossible to attend the meetings and speak out for our community.

  • Column: ‘Trickle down’ hasn’t worked before, and it won’t this time

    This is a response to John Baker’s Dec. 6 article headlined “Government isn’t meant to tax away income inequality.”  
    Let’s talk tax reform. According to Mr. Baker’s excellent statistics, 60 percent of Americans report taxable income of less than $50,000 a year. No tax revenue there. So Republicans want to lower the “official” corporate tax rate of 35 percent to 20 percent to stimulate the economy, and lower the “tax burden” on the rich at the same time.

  • Column: It’s not luck when bombers fail, or when my plane doesn’t crash

    I heard so many people on TV in New York say “we got lucky” after that man in the subway station blew himself up and didn’t kill anybody.
    Don’t those people realize luck had nothing to do with it? There was no luck to this. God stepped in and stopped that man.
    I pray every day that God will protect this great country from these terrorists. And prayer works, people!

  • Letter: Help by standing up for abused kids

    The season of giving is upon us, and there is no better gift than giving back to your community.
    Being a volunteer with the Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program allows you to give a short amount of your time to an abused and neglected child in Lancaster County all year round. The joy you will receive knowing you made a difference in the life of a child is priceless.

  • Commentary: Haley: Trump’s Jerusalem shift will advance Mideast peace

    Editor’s note: Former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, now the U.N. ambassador, appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday to defend President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Host John Dickerson also asked her North Korea and about women who stepped forward again last week to repeat their accusations of sexual misbehavior against Trump. Here are excerpts of their discussion.

  • Column: Get ready to pay, pay, pay if Indian Land incorporates

    I read with interest the guest column by Jerry Holt on Nov. 29, where he raises the question of parity of Sheriff Barry Faile’s actual charges to Heath Springs and Kershaw and proposed charges to Indian Land, if incorporated. There are several observations I wish to make.
    First, the proposed increase of $15,000 (from $23,500 to $38,500 for coverage not provided 24/7) suggests, at a minimum, that costs to the sheriff’s office are going up.

  • Homelessness is regular guys getting chance to restart lives

    I stand on the porch with six homeless men.
    They’re chatting, smoking cigarettes, picking on the youngest guy in the group about his rapping skills.
    And I’m taking it all in – writing notes, snapping photos, listening to their stories.
    Ten men are staying in a home on Trestle Lane, part of Lancaster’s old mill hill. They’re in a 90-day program organized by the nonprofit Citadel House, and they’re trying to get back on their feet.
    I’ve seen poor people before.