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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Tragedy 101: We must treat cause, not result

    As I sit here, at my desk, on July 8 with a blank page in front of me, I am trying to organize my thoughts and emotions, in  order to convey some level of objectivity and sense, to events that have just transpired. I have tears in my eyes and in my heart for the tragedy that has just taken place in Dallas, Texas.

  • Letter: Still backing Hillary Clinton? Makes absolutely no sense

    If this wasn’t reality, I would have thought I was watching a comedy.
    President Obama has officially announced his backing for his fellow progressive, Hillary Clinton, for president. He stated that there is no one more qualified to be president than her. If that is so, then we all need to be lemmings and march off a cliff together.
    Not only did she lie to the public about her e-mails when she was secretary of state, but she lied under oath to the congressional hearing. A perfect perjurer match for her slimy perjurer husband, Bill.

  • Letter: Environmental worries persist about Haile Gold Mine site

    I am so glad that the worst thing Indian Land residents are currently worrying about are their roads.
    We here on the other end of the county located closer to Haile Gold Mine have our own concerns. The difference between ours and theirs lies in a much more all-encompassing, potentially harmful environmental impact, such as what Oceana Gold did to Brazil.
     Oh, I know, they must not have all the regulations we have here.  But what we do have are unconcerned politicians.

  • Letter: Will miss W.B. Evans’ columns, would buy a book of them

    I am so sorry to hear of the death of Mr. W.B. Evans. I have enjoyed his columns for many years.
    Has his family ever thought of publishing his columns in a book? I certainly would be interested.

    Faye Mangum Cox
    Waxhaw, N.C.

  • Letter: John Weaver’s presentation is an embarrassment to county

    Mr. Melton, your editorial in last week’s papers gave me such pleasure that I have not felt in years.
    County Attorney John Weaver sent an email stating, “My job is to make Council members look good, not otherwise.” Well, his unprepared, unprofessional, thrown-together, not complete, nor concise, fragmented and confusing PowerPoint show regarding Ansley Park was an embarrassment for Lancaster County.

  • Column: Sen. Scott: Even if you can’t feel others’ pain, know that it is real

    Editor’s note: These are excerpts from a speech by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., to the U.S. Senate this week.

    I rise today to give my second speech this week discussing the issues we are facing as a nation following last week’s tragedies in Dallas, Minnesota, and Baton Rouge. This speech is perhaps the most difficult, because it’s the most personal.
    In many cities and towns across the nation, there is a deep divide between the black community and law enforcement – a trust gap, a tension that has been growing for decades.

  • Column: Plotting the course toward a stronger community

    Since its inception, the J. Marion Sims Foundation has been focused on sustaining and strengthening the health and wellness of Lancaster County, Fort Lawn, and Great Falls. During our 20-year anniversary, we are actively planning for the future and asking questions about the health of our region.
    Where do we excel as a community? Where should we focus? What are your dreams for the community where we live, work, and play? What makes this a great place for your children? What would make our quality-of-life even better for your children’s children?

  • Column: A Trump vote is a stiff-arm to both parties

    Every time I write about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, it sounds repetitive of what we can see and hear on TV and radio. I don’t think there is anything I can say that is going to inform or change someone’s mind about who to vote for, because I think people have heard it all and have made their decisions based on things like family, tradition and party loyalty.
    Having said this, I would like to challenge voters to consider something else in their decision process.