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Today's Opinions

  • Column: My friend needs Mulvaney to try again on Medicare fight

    I am writing about a problem involving Sandra Knight Howard, who now lives in Winnsboro.
    Sandra grew up in Lancaster and attended schools here until her marriage. She still has two brothers in Lancaster.
    Many Lancastrians know of her brother Richard Knight and his many helpful deeds with the Red Cross and other local organizations. Sandra’s other brother, Carl, works at the local courthouse as court bailiff. Sandra loves Lancaster and visits here often.

  • Column: The world I grew up in is long gone

    What is truth? It seems a simple question, and yet truth is the elusive puff of smoke everyone is seeking through layers of rhetoric and excuses.
    Why is there no beacon of truth anymore? Once we thought that electing good, honest leaders and trusting them assured a great society, and justice would be served by a Supreme Court if all other courts in the land failed. But now we see judges appointed based more on their political leanings than their interpretations of the law, and those good, honest leaders seem to be out of touch with their constituents.

  • Letter: Environmental worries about Haile Gold Mine

    Mick Mulvaney needs to be voted out of office for his participation in allowing the Haile Gold Mine permits to desecrate Lancaster County.
    They are currently pumping our groundwater out via 30 wells. This great amount of water not only affects people who rely on wells, but will affect the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District.
    The company’s extensive use of chemicals has the great potential for eventually ruining the land. Oceana Gold has a history of this in other countries.

  • Letter: Backing Hunter Wallace in runoff for auditor

    Cheryl Morgan is retiring as auditor for Lancaster County. I would like to thank her for her many years of service in that capacity. She served long and well and has certainly earned her time of retirement.
    It is a comfort to know that Susan Hunter Wallace is running for the position of auditor. She has been a county employee for the past 14 years and has served in the auditor’s office the last six years as deputy auditor. I feel that she is well qualified and will oversee this position in an efficient and respectful manner if elected.

  • Column: Legislature defies Supreme Court ruling

    In 1993, Bill Clinton became president of the United States for the first time. The movie “Unforgiven” won the Oscar for the Best Picture.

  • Column: After circus of primaries, presidential stage is set

    The primary season is over (finally!) and the stage is set for November’s presidential election – unless, of course, something happens that would change the present set of circumstances.
    So, let’s look back on several months of debates, debacles and deliberations.

  • Column: Should officials spend campaign funds at their own businesses?

    S.C. Sen. Thomas Alexander, R-Oconee, frequently has a need for office supplies. Fortunately for him, he happens to own an office supply store.
    The Walhalla resident owns Alexander’s Office Supply and has spent a good deal of his campaign funding at his very own store. The question arises, then, is there anything wrong with putting campaign funds into your own business?

  • Column: Orlando: Another case of human depravity

    We have just witnessed another horrific example of how depraved people can be.
    A lone gunman walks into an Orlando bar and opens fire. When it is over, 49 people are dead, and more than that number are wounded. Our prayers go out to the families of the murdered, and to those who survived.
    And now, all the questions begin to emerge. Why? Why do horrible things like this happen? What would motivate someone to carry out such a despicable act? How could someone have such a calloused heart? And, of course, why didn’t God prevent this from happening?