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Today's Opinions

  • 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?

  • Column: IL crowd becomes a bit tiring sometimes

    I presently serve on two boards of directors for Lancaster County. The bylaws of both these organizations state that failure of a member to attend three consecutive meetings of the board of directors will subject the member to dismissal from that board.
    I believe this to be a standard attendance regulation for most such organizations, even though extenuating circumstances will be considered at the discretion of the board members.

  • Letter: Lions’ broom sale helps county’s children

    The Lancaster Lions Club would like to thank Lancaster County Schools for allowing us to test the sight and hearing of elementary school children within the district.
    So far in 2016, we have tested 1,760 kindergartners to fifth graders for sight and found 284 students required follow-up with an optometrist due to various abnormalities. We tested 671 students’ hearing, and 25 were recommended to follow-up with an audiologist.
    We are proud to serve the residents of Lancaster County and look forward to the future.