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Today's Opinions

  • O'Connor column: It’s time to get rid of ‘shadow government’

    The controversy encircling former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her use of private email to conduct public business provides our latest example of government in the shadows, a situation we know well in South Carolina.
    “Shadow government,” as S.C. Press Association Executive Director Bill Rogers has labeled it, means conducting public business via private emails, texts, Twitter or other social media accounts that are not connected to government servers and thus not retrievable by government agencies and the public.

  • Keenan and Strickland column: Let’s hear it for LHS fans

    On behalf of the students and staff of Lancaster High School, we would like to express a heartfelt appreciation to the fans of the Lady Bruins basketball team. Our fans demonstrated fantastic support during the recent playoff run.
    Winning a state championship is quite an accomplishment, and completing a season at 27-0 is phenomenal. This great group of young ladies handled themselves with class on and off the court. Coach Ronnie Robinson and his staff provided great direction and leadership. In short, he is the type of man you want your kids to be around.

  • Rogers column: Let the sun shine in

    It’s Sunshine Week in South Carolina and the nation.
    It is a time to recognize and encourage open government and letting the sun shine in on public documents and meetings.
    You may not know there are problems with transparency in government in our state, but there are, despite our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

  • Plyler column: Just simply believe God

    I am writing to say a few things concerning the article on page 11 of the March 6 paper that asked, “Where are you going?” (Editor’s note: The article was part of a sponsored religious message, not a story.)
    The person who wrote the article, Christopher Simon, seems to be very uninformed about the word of God.
    Yes, Mr. Simon, we can know with certainty and announce that we are going to heaven. That is, if we believe God’s word.

  • Our view: Champion Lady Bruins produced perfect finish

    A No. 1 ranking is a challenge to attain, and even tougher to keep.
    As it turned out, the Lancaster High School Lady Bruins earned their top ranking in early January and kept it the rest of the way for a state crown.
    The final record was a brilliant 27-0 mark, capped by the LHS girls’ exciting 44-42 win over Lakewood High School of Sumter County.
    Lancaster, in its first year of competition in Class AAA, made it most memorable with the school’s first state championship in girls basketball since the 1958-59 season.

  • Schmidt column: Searching for the truth

    I am always in a search for truth. I cannot find much coming out of our current administrative branch of our GovCo.  George Orwell said, “Some ideas are so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe them.”
    This statement describes Marie Harf, spokesperson for the U.S. State  Department and the folks she works for. 

  • Young letter: USCL a Lancaster County treasure

    Come one, come all, and take notice of a treasure in Lancaster County. That treasure is the University of South Carolina Lancaster.
    I am currently a full-time, degree-seeking student there, having retired a couple of years ago from the Lancaster County School District.
    Last semester, I decided to see if this brain was still capable of studying and learning academically. I signed up for two classes in the fall 2014 semester – psychology and speech/public communications.  

  • Evans letter: Sure hope someone is looking out for us

    Thank goodness we have some local commentators, each on a different side of the fence to sort out the Bushes, Clintons and President Barack Obama for us.
    I feel so far down the food chain that those aforementioned folks are way over my sphere of understanding.
    Remember when that old social studies teacher talked ’bout checks and balances? Well sir, I wrote my last check for affordable health care, I’m still sick and my balance is zero.