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Today's Opinions

  • Essay: Keep progressing, even with small steps

    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that,” said Martin Luther King Jr. “I have decided to stick to love. Hate is too great of a burden to bear.”
    For many years, our nation has lacked peace and unity. From war to segregation to this present time, Dr. King’s dream sometimes seems to become a nightmare.
    As we stand collectively in the midst of controversy and challenge, it often seems the dream of unity and peace has been forgotten.

  • Essay: Abolish poverty, violence, hatred

    The world isn’t a perfect place. It has poverty, pollution, violence, and the list continues.
    I have a dream to better the world that we live in. Like the great Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream to have racial equality, I have a dream to help the world and its people.
    I want to make it known to everyone that we can all do better at making the world safer and cleaner. l want to let people know that we can get rid of poverty, violence and hatred in the world to become at peace with one another.

  • Column: For Sun City folks like me, incorporating has no upside

    Last Tuesday night, I attended a presentation in Sun City by the pro-incorporation group and those who don’t support this incorporation effort.
    After listening closely to both presentations, I am convinced that incorporation is not the best option for us.

  • Letter: S.C. ratepayers the only priority

    Your Jan. 5 article “Virginia utility to pay $14B for SCANA Corp.” points out that the acquisition of SCANA by Dominion Energy will result in an average refund of $1,000 and a 5 percent rate reduction for SCE&G customers.
    While this deal marks a step in the right direction, I believe the question we should ask for any proposed solution to the nuclear debacle should be: “Is this the best deal for all of our hardworking families across South Carolina?” Period.

  • Letter: Good policy to cut off Pakistan

    I read today in the New York Times that Washington will now withhold $1.5 billion in annual aid to Pakistan since they continue to aid terrorist groups. This should have been stopped ages ago.
    I would like to say that I am soon to turn 80 years old and on Jan. 1, 2018, I received my first Social Security cost-of-living increase in three years. It amounts to $20 per month. My wife, age 77, got nothing. The increase in Medicare costs to $183 per month for 2018 canceled out her Social Security gain.

  • Letter: Agree to disagree on President Trump

    I am writing in response to Nicholas Pasquine’s Jan. 7 letter headlined “We elected Trump to reverse course.”
    Yes, Mr. Pasquine, you did elect President Trump, and I hope you see what you have put in office.
    The homeless are out on the street, not being able to get help. I worked for the Census Bureau over 20 years, and the homeless were counted. President Obama made a way where they were able to receive health care. Access is all they need, but Trump is getting rid of that access.

  • Column: Library adapts as your needs keep changing

    What is it that makes Lancaster unique? What are our identifiers? How can we incorporate those into your 21st century public library system?
    It’s all about the citizens who live here – every single one. A library is democracy in action. No one person’s needs supersede another’s.
    A new baby goes home from the hospital with a free board book from the library’s Born to Read program. A retiree can find a comfortable chair and enjoy The Charlotte Observer (print version) for free. Microfilm of The Lancaster News dates back to 1905.

  • Column: Prefiled bills include oddities

    The S.C. legislative session started Tuesday, and a common theme in our recent state governance is that much of the legislation that’s proposed would do more harm than good.
    Unfortunately, if recently prefiled legislation (bills filed in advance for the upcoming year) is any indication, 2018 will be more of the same.
    While some proposals seem well thought out, others simply lack all signs of common sense. Here is a quick rundown of some of the more ridiculous prefile bills from the House alone.