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Today's Opinions

  • Bilodeau letter: County Council deserves praise

    It was reported in last week’s newspaper that Lancaster County Council is considering early redemption of the special source revenue bonds used to finance public improvements at Bailes Ridge, a 300-acre business park in Indian Land.  

  • Evans letter: Please maintain U.S. 521 better

    One thing for sure, readers know I ain’t one to complain ‘bout stuff. That said, let me tell you about the south end of the Gateway to South Carolina.
    Most of you know, we ain’t got no interstate highway barreling in from North Carolina, so we just gotta make do with what we got and what we got is U.S. 521. A real four-lane marvel. Why, I lost a big piece of my front yard so that other lane could be made. That sorta makes me feel a small sense of pride, but  I’m too old to maintain it.

  • Schmidt column: Real threat is the truth

    The real threat to America is not from some terrorists, it is from the truth. When truth is told,  people die.
    Liberals do not view Muslims as real people with real beliefs and culture. They are viewed as the loser victims in a game of power. These are the lies about Islam and Muslims the liberals accept.

  • Blackmon column: Help save young black men through prayer

    God, through his anointing and answering of prayers, has put a mandate in my heart.
    On May 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a Young Black Men Prayer Banquet (YBMPB) at Preston Blackmon’s Park, formerly Southside Park. We will pray for two hours.

  • Hopkins letter: Jihadists to blame, not contest organizer

    At the close of a Draw Muhammad cartoon contest, two masked Islamist jihadists were shot dead by security after they opened fired on the event, hoping to kill as many as they could.
    No sooner were the Islamist would-be killers sent to their graves than the leftist media turned on the event, instead of the jihadists.
    The brain-dead media rattled off numerous reasons why Pamela Geller, the host of the contest, was at fault for causing the crisis, and not the jihadists.

  • Wilt letter: Open letter to fans of a local sawmill

    I doubt there are many in Lancaster County who would oppose a properly sited sawmill; the objection is to an industrial I-2 use next to an undeveloped future recreational area on the Catawba River, particularly one on a road incapable of handling heavy truck traffic.
    If the area is zoned I-2 and the sawmill moves out, there are many much less desirable uses that could move in without further review or approval, including landfills, slaughterhouses and the like.

  • Gardner: Thank you to a good Samaritan

    On May 15, my wife and I were on our way from Kershaw to Lancaster to do some shopping.
    Just as we entered the city of Lancaster, we had a blowout on the front of our car.
    Just as we got out of the car to check out the problem, along came a gentleman who asked if he could help.
    I am almost 80 years old and retired out of the military on 100 percent divisibility with COPD.
    This man was a godsend. He changed the tire for us from start to finish. I am not sure I could have changed the flat. This man’s name is Gary Taylor.

  • Noble column: Great disparity in kids’ well-being across state

    On Sunday, May 17, in this space, we reported on the annual Kids Count study on the status of children in the country and for each of the 50 states. For our kids in South Carolina, the results were not good, as we as a state had slipped two places in the rankings.
    Last year, South Carolina ranked 45th of the 50 states in the well-being of our children, the same place as in 2013, but down two places from 2012, when we ranked 43rd.
    We are gaining speed in the wrong direction.