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Today's Opinions

  • Column: McCullough: After 8 years on council, time to step aside

    While it has been my pleasure to serve the citizens of District 1 and Lancaster County on county council since January 2009, I will not seek a third term.
    Around Thanksgiving, I decided not to run again. It is now time for me to be fully retired, and to spend much more valuable time with Ann, my wife of 40 years, enjoying friends and family, traveling and doing the things we have always dreamed of doing “someday.” Now is the time.  

  • Column: Van Wyck organizing to oppose IL proposal

    After several months of trying to nicely tell the Voters for a Town of Indian Land (TOIL) people to please get lost, Van Wyck has concluded that these people intend to destroy Van Wyck and must be defeated.

  • Letter: Van Wyck unhappy about IL land grab

    “Park Place, South Carolina is an idyllic, sleepy little town inhabited by folks dripping with Southern charm and hospitality. Rocking on front porches and drinking sweet iced tea out of heirloom glasses is a way of life in this Southern town.”

  • Letter: Presidential primaries reveal rotten process

    Wednesday will be something else, as the media movers and shakers explain the Super Tuesday mess we will be trying to understand.
    Tuesday morning, as the polls opened, TV commentators and also-ran candidates were busy preparing Donald Trump for internment. Bias is alive and at an all time high. 
    Wouldn’t it be something to see how much campaign money flowed to the network mouthpieces to bring us sheep into the shearing stalls?

  • Column: Donald Trump the antithesis of the Sermon on the Mount

    There is a dirty little secret about those so-called evangelical voters who picked Donald Trump in the S.C. Republican primary on Feb. 20. Pastors serving in the trenches of daily parish life know it, but few beyond those boundaries are aware of it.
    Here’s the secret – a cultural Christian is not an evangelical. South Carolina is a bastion of cultural Christianity. Many of those so-called evangelical Christians do not attend worship and do not live a life that conforms to the teachings of Christ.

  • Column: Hillary Clinton talks about her spiritual life

    Hillary Clinton isn’t much given to talking about religion on the campaign trail, but she veered off that path in Iowa in a detailed response to a voter’s question a few days before the Iowa caucuses.
    That insight may be of interest to S.C. voters as focus turns to our Democratic presidential primary this Saturday. The source here is a detailed article that ran inside the New York Times on Jan. 30.

  • Letter: Parenting skills have nosedived

    Young people are brought up differently today, and I blame the parents.  
    We baby boomers grew up just fine, and we had rules in the home. You were punished, too, if you didn’t do what you were supposed to. You did your homework, not your parents doing it for you.
    You played outside with friends and came in when the streetlights came on. You always had something to do for fun. You had dinner together, even if both parents worked. Mom always cooked. How many women today cook? Always excuses. Our parents had many children and did it all.  

  • Letter: Thanks for bringing back tea time

    Thank you Beverly Duke for inviting us to your Tea Time Tradition, so well covered on the Faces and Places page Feb. 26.
    Thank you mommies, grannies and great-grannies who haven’t forgotten your dress-up times and now share that experience with your little ladies. Tea time was also an experience in etiquette which apparently is alive, although rarely seen in many gatherings today.