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Today's Opinions

  • Column: 1,300 churches join gun debate

    The mental images of churches and guns are about as incongruous as possible. Churches are quiet, reverent places of worship. They are places of peace, healing and comfort. Guns are loud, sudden and violent. They are about blood, pain and death.
    They exist in two different realms.
    Add to this the idea that S.C. churches and synagogues would get involved in nitty gritty politics – that they would delve into lobbying and legislative deal making – well, that’s more than many of us can fathom.

  • Column: Helms seeks another term as treasurer

    After five years as your county treasurer, I have decided to seek another term so I can continue working to put Lancaster County taxpayers first. Since I first took office in January 2011, I have been hard at work making sure county taxpayers have gotten the absolute best in customer service.
    Since taking office, I have been a hands-on public official. If you come to the Treasurer’s Office, you will usually find me there, working alongside my employees.

  • Letter: John Howard is trustworthy, a good steward of our money

    As a kid, I listened to John Howard when he was a DJ, and I’d call from time to time and request a song. As an adult, I’m still listening to him.
    A man’s word is his bond, and believe me you can take John Howard’s word to the bank. He might not always tell you what you want to hear, but he will always tell you the truth, and in the long run he’s usually right.

  • Column: Barbara Ann Howze, Hopewell UMC saved Buford Battleground

    There are those of us in the Buford area who are extremely pleased that the S.C. Battleground Preservation Trust will be partnering with a national battleground preservation group and the Katawba Valley Land Trust to preserve the Buford Battleground site for future generations.

  • Column: John Howard’s decades of service make him most qualified candidate

    When I first heard about the untimely death of Joe Shaw, mayor of Lancaster for 33 years, I started reflecting on his many years of service and what he meant to Lancaster city government. He was always available to listen to your complaints, concerns and suggestions, no matter the situation. His dedication and desire to be the best servant of the citizens of Lancaster and act accordingly is what I believe most residents will miss.

  • Letter: Howard excels as financial steward

    I am not a city resident but was a city employee for many years and retired as a department head. The city of Lancaster has fared much better than cities of similar size under the sound fiscal management of Joe Shaw and John Howard.

  • Letter: Hillary versus her GOP rivals

    This a response to Dr. L. Brooks Walker’s Feb. 7 guest column, which called Hillary Clinton a failure as secretary of state.
    Let’s just look at the latest three top Republican hopefuls for president. What’s their claim to fame? Sen. Ted Cruz, chiefly responsible for the 2013 government shutdown. Donald Trump, an insulting self-promoter. And Sen. Marco Rubio, someone who cannot even balance his own checkbook.
    You may not like Hillary, but there are far worse choices here. Let the voters decide.

    Michael Jedson

  • Letter: Paul McKenzie’s servant leadership

    Paul McKenzie is the servant leader Lancaster needs as mayor.
    I have had the privilege to call Paul McKenzie my colleague for the past 16 years. I have watched Paul work to shape a better community through his tireless efforts in writing and successfully receiving grants on behalf of the citizens and nonprofit organizations of the Lancaster area. People know Paul as the “grant guy.” I know him as a servant leader for our community.