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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Must ensure safety of amusement parks

    This letter is about amusement park rides.
    A lot of people are being killed or maimed across this country. I would like to tell you about an experience a friend and I had at the Lancaster fairgrounds.
    We were 16 or 17 years old and got on a ride called the Rocket. As we were going round and around, the man stopped the ride. The bolt in the middle was coming loose. I asked what would have happened if it had come all the way loose. He replied, “Y’all would have been uptown. It would have flown apart.”

  • Column: Trump mimics NRA orthodoxy, but S.C. voters might disagree

    The papers this week had big stories about Donald Trump speaking to the National Rifle Association convention and accepting its endorsement. Among his promises was to eliminate gun-free zones in schools on his first day in office.
    In Trump’s typical over-the-top rhetoric, he proclaims himself the greatest defender of the Second Amendment in history.
    No surprise here – that’s Trump.

  • Letter: Agree on bathrooms, disagree on politics

    I totally agree with Dr. Steve Stewart’s May 18 column concerning President Obama’s disregard of the Constitution.
    His threat to withhold federal funds to public schools under Title IX is absolutely ludicrous. There is no discrimination based on sex when someone is born male or female and wants to be identified as the opposite sex only based on how they feel in their own mind.
    The human race is composed of only two sexes: male or female. Hopefully this executive action will be overturned by the judicial system.

  • Letter: Sheriff resolved safety issue well

    I would like to take this opportunity to extend to Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile and his officers my sincere appreciation for their assistance in resolving a serious traffic-safety problem on Highway 97.
    I recently observed and reported the problem to his office, and his officers acted in a timely manner to relay the information to appropriate personnel within the S.C. Highway Department, who promptly corrected the hazardous conditions.

  • Letter: Thanks for inspiring story on our schools

    With almost every piece of media flooded with exasperating stories of political warfare and local crime, surprisingly, I came across a delightful story in last week’s Lancaster News. This story covered a fun-filled evening for moms and their sons at Clinton Elementary School.
    Too often, the headlines of most news stories focus on the criminal acts, perceived injustices and other social problems in our communities. However, the story regarding the mother-son dance brought a blissful flash of some of the good times and things shared in our small community.

  • Editor's Column: 2 sketchy guys exit a pickup truck

    I had never killed anyone before.
    The two men stepped out of their pickup truck after I stopped them for speeding. One reached inside his coat, pulled out a handgun and pointed it at me. I shot him a half dozen times from 10 feet away.
    The other man was moving toward me, and I saw his hands jerk. I shot him too, pulling the trigger as fast as I could until my sidearm was empty. By the time the last few shots hit the man, he was already on the ground.

  • Editor's Column: 2 sketchy guys exit a pickup truck

    I had never killed anyone before.
    The two men stepped out of their pickup truck after I stopped them for speeding. One reached inside his coat, pulled out a handgun and pointed it at me. I shot him a half dozen times from 10 feet away.
    The other man was moving toward me, and I saw his hands jerk. I shot him too, pulling the trigger as fast as I could until my sidearm was empty. By the time the last few shots hit the man, he was already on the ground.

  • Column: County needs to hit ‘pause’ on residential growth in IL

    We need to talk about better planning for our community and infrastructure.
    Because of the company I worked for back in the 1980s, I had the opportunity to see two huge 4- by 6-foot mark-up boards of artist renderings for Ballantyne. I’ll never forget how impressive it was to see pictures of farmland at the time look so modern and beautifully planned. What is even more impressive is that what we see there today looks just like what was designed back then, as if paper came to life. This is the best example of planning I can think of.