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Today's Opinions

  • Trading short-term benefits for long-term security is wrong

    Letter writer Wayne Bell asked a great question, “Does Mulvaney appreciate needs of state retirees?” The answer? Absolutely. As this probably comes as a shock to Mr. Bell, I welcome the opportunity to explain.

  • We must fight to keep right to live in a democratic republic

    June 26, 2008, is a day which should be featured prominently in future history books. Finally, after 217 years, the Supreme Court issued a definitive ruling on the meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

    In the decision, with Justice Antonin Scalia writing for the majority, the court has affirmed what the people have understood throughout our history: the Second Amendment recognizes that every citizen is vested with the right to keep and bear arms unconnected with service in the militia.

  • Duracell's expansion good news for economy

    You know Duracell. It’s the “copper-top battery.” And for 32 years, the company has been making batteries here in Lancaster. You may work at the plant on the S.C. 9 Bypass or know somebody who does. About 500 people now work at the plant, making it one of the county’s larger employers.

  • Community responds to needs of young artists

    On behalf of young artists throughout the region, I would like to thank the multitude of individuals and organizations who have donated “recycled art” camp supplies. Those who have helped make the camps and neighborhood outreach programs possible for our youth are too numerous to name.

    We have received donations from generous folks in Lancaster, Kershaw, Heath Springs, Buford, Fort Lawn, Chester, Great Falls, Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Indian Land, Rock Hill, and elsewhere.

  • County could have historic milestone in November

    Several weeks ago the nation experienced a historic milestone when Sen. Barack Obama snagged enough delegates to defeat Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. If it went the other way, it still would have been a milestone.

    Never in the history of the United States has a black or a female candidate locked up the presidential nomination of one of America’s top two political parties.

  • We are meeting the challenge for South Carolina's seniors

    It’s called the “gray wave,” and it’s headed our way sooner than we think. There are about 770,000 South Carolinians over the age of 60. By 2025, that number is projected to swell to more than 1.3 million.

    Will our state be ready to meet the needs of such a rapidly-growing senior demographic? And can we accomplish this Herculean task of protecting our seniors while simultaneously protecting the taxpayers?

  • Thread Trail conserving communities

    The Carolina Thread Trail, a bold vision for hundreds of miles of interconnected trails and greenways in 15 Carolinas counties, has taken me in many new directions.

    One unexpected direction was toward Europe, where our delegation visited trail systems in three regions anchored by cities comparable in size to Charlotte.

  • South Carolina domestic violence laws need changing

    I was saddened when I saw the news about another college student killed in a domestic violence issue. It brought tears to my eyes when the victim’s friends were on there saying they begged her to get out of the relationship, but she couldn’t because she feared for her life.