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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Encouraging investments in poorest communities

    Restoring hope and opportunity is critical to lifting up our communities who feel like they have been left behind.
    We have people all across the country living paycheck to paycheck who are forced to make choices no family should, like whether they should pay for heat in the winter or purchase necessary medications. Our country has witnessed under-employment rates soar, high school graduation rates drop, and poverty numbers remain stagnant.

  • Column: Tommy Pope cares about people, gets my vote for 5th District seat

    Billy Dale McCants, my son, was in a car wreck Nov. 12, 1988. I met the then-16th Circuit Solicitor Tommy Pope in 1995 for the trial of the two men that murdered my other son, Deputy James Brent McCants, killed in the line of duty Sept. 25, 1992.
    Tommy and his wife, Kim, are the best people I know. They really care for people. You become their friends, and they are yours.
    Tommy became speaker pro tem of the S.C. House in 2014. Now he is running for the 5th District congressional seat.

  • Letter: Affordable Care Act helped many people

    I am writing in response to Republican Sen. Tim Scott’s Jan. 27 guest column “Building a better health-care system.”
    The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare by Republicans, is the best thing America has ever done. President Obama carried out what Edward Kennedy was trying to do for years and years.
    Look around, Mr. Tim Scott. Lots of people were able to get insured through the Affordable Care Act. It is the drug companies who went up on medicines and caused insurance companies to pull out.

  • Column: House members: Read resolutions before you vote

    Last week the S.C. House of Representatives adopted, with no objections, a resolution congratulating Gov. Henry McMaster on his ascension to the office – and encouraging him to expand Medicaid in South Carolina. This was unexpected, because the House, at least on paper, has been against expanding Medicaid.
    Clearly, no one other than the House member who introduced it and perhaps a few of the cosponsors had even glanced at the resolution.

  • Column: Meet GOP candidates at county party meeting

    While Election Day is behind us, there is still a lot going on in local and state politics.
    The upcoming meeting of the Lancaster County Republican Party puts you in the middle of it, giving you a chance to meet the candidates, live and in person. The February meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at Mike Williams Builders, located at 1351 Charlotte Highway, Lancaster. Here are some great reasons to attend our upcoming meeting.

    District 5 congressional candidates

  • Letter: Reader responds to MLK Jr. essay, meeting time

    I want to address two subjects: the MLK Jr. winning essay by Samantha Howie and a letter from Jane Tanner.
    I was impressed to read the MLK Jr. winning essay for Lancaster County, written by Samantha Howie. It is a beautiful sentiment, and it is attainable. It requires the difficult “inner work” of emotional and mental introspection – work which is worthwhile.
    Regarding the Indian Land Action Council, I appreciate the efforts of Jane Tanner and other council members. They always seem to be on top of the latest issues facing Indian Land.

  • Letter: Opposed to VTIL incorporation plan

    This is not the right time to be thinking of doing this (incorporating Indian Land). Perhaps, four or five years from now, it will be.
    Right now, why don’t we concentrate on getting all of the zoning issues settled?
    As to why none of our representatives were chosen for leadership positions – one is brand new.
    I totally disagree that residents are ready to “steer their own ship.”

  • Editor's Column: Wait, sir! Read this before you burn the paper

    In more than a quarter century of newspaper work, I’ve received my share of vile phone messages. Last week I got a doozy.
    It even tops the voice mail I got a few months ago from some guy who threatened to cut off my head and burn my body. I filed a police report on that one, so that if I turned up headless, the cops would have a logical place to start the investigation.
    Here’s the latest message. There’s a bit of rough language, but I dashed out the objectionable words.