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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Business owners suffering unfairly in LGBT disputes

    It just keeps getting more and more interesting and perplexing. I am just not quite sure what to make of it all.
    The list continues to grow of businesses across the country that have been sued or threatened with lawsuits because they refused to provide services for individuals/couples who are openly gay. Some businesses have closed because of this, at least temporarily.

  • Column: Join letter carriers to Stamp Out Hunger!

    The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its Stamp Out Hunger food drive May 14. Lancaster postal employees will again participate in this national effort, with your help.
    Now in its 24th year, Stamp Out Hunger! is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. Last year, letter carriers collected 70.6 million pounds of food from postal customers across the country, bringing the total donations to more than 1.4 billion pounds of food collected along postal routes since the drive began.

  • Column: ‘Bathroom bill’ enforcement more than we can handle

    Some states are known for things they produce in abundance. Idaho has potatoes, Maine has lobsters and South Carolina seems to have more than our fair share of politicians with loopy, if not downright embarrassing, ideas.
    This is not really new for the Palmetto State as we have a long history of such loopy ideas – secession, printing our own currency, denying children an education based on their skin color, etc. – and these are just the things proposed in the last few years.
    And now we are at it again.

  • Letter: Strategic plans should not be ‘one size fits all’

    In keeping with the spirit of Editor Brian Melton’s call for civility and honest discourse, I will refrain from turning this letter into one on the personal and professional integrity of candidate William McCoy.
    When questioned with regards to the alleged plagiarism of material obtained from another jurisdiction, it is sad that anyone associated with a campaign would even jokingly condone or justify stealing in any form, especially as it pertains to the highest elected position responsible for the maintenance of law and order in the community.

  • Letter: Media’s coverage of N.Y. primary more gam than grit

    This Wednesday morning, I rushed to the television to get the results of the most recent voting in the northeast.
    Did Trump carry enough votes to secure the GOP nomination?  Did Bernie Sanders call his campaign off?
    What did I get on all the news channels?  A row of attractive political commentators on high stools displaying more gam that grit. Gosh, those skirts are shorter than the ruffles on grandma’s bloomers.
    Where do they find these people  identified as the chief, CEO, staff political analyst  or some high sounding title?

  • Letter: A change to vegan diets would slow climate shift

    With the 47th annual observance of Earth Day on Friday, this is a great time to explore more effective ways of slowing climate change and conserving Earth’s natural resources for future generations.
    A 2010 U.N. report said animal agriculture accounted for 19 percent of man-made greenhouse gases – more than all transport – and recommended a global shift to a vegan diet. A subsequent World Watch study placed that contribution closer to 50 percent.  

  • Column: Legislature shouldn’t police itself on ethics

    Many, if not most, South Carolina state lawmakers have a peculiar understanding of the separation of powers. For them, the principle seems to mean that all powers should be removed from the executive and judicial branches and concentrated in the legislature.

  • Editor's Column: If politics were sport, Mr. McCoy would be ejected from the game

    Billy McCoy and his band of merry plagiarizers came up with a head-scratcher of an explanation.
    Yes, they acknowledged, we copied almost every word of an N.C. police department’s strategic plan and called it our own, but that’s not plagiarism. And besides, every law enforcement agency in America does this, so who cares?