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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Column: GOP primary shouts ‘welcome to the new S.C.’

    In the closing days of the Republican presidential primary, the image that dominated S.C. media was Tim Scott and Nikki Haley campaigning with Marco Rubio.
    An African-American Republican U.S. senator and a first-generation female Indian American governor endorsing a first-generation Cuban America running for president of the United States. The average age of the trio is 46 years old.
    Welcome to the new South Carolina.

  • Column: When an army of cops converges on your porch

    My day started well enough, and I was puttering about the house when movement on my front porch caught my eye. For all the world it looked like someone was sneaking around my home.
    My place is a bit off the road, so I do not normally see people just wandering around. I am frequently away from home and have been robbed three times in the last few years. My guns stay loaded and near to hand, but this time I was more curious than afraid.
    I walked out onto the porch and heard a voice shout “Stop! Stay where you are! Put your hands above your head!”

  • Letter: A bad week in S.C. for P.C. establishment

    After all the press hoopla about the “coveted endorsement” of Gov. Nikki Haley for Marco Rubio, the results are in.
    With the not-so-covert assistance of the Republican National Committee and the state GOP chairman, in addition to Sen. Tim Scott, Rep. Trey Gowdy and assorted other Republican muckety-mucks, plus the well wishes of her friends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, Nikki could muster barely 22 percent of the voters for her candidate to “stop Trump.”

  • Letter: Treasurer seldom stops working, parents say

    This year, Lancaster County voters will choose a number of people who will serve them as county officials. One of those on the ballot will be county Treasurer Carrie Helms, who happens to be our daughter.
    We see the job she does first-hand in ways many people don’t.

  • Letter: McCusker’s comments need grain of salt

    I am proud to see that the once-rural part of our county growing so rapidly. Yes, I am old enough to remember its previous life.
    Matt McCusker’s comments on the Opinion page Feb. 17, “IL residents must act to protect their future,” should be taken with a grain of salt. A casual reader might assume that our county council is to blame for the congestion in Indian Land (aka Camelot).

  • Column: Debating what causes decline of middle class

    I would like to thank William St. Louis for his Feb. 21 response to my Feb. 17 column. I sense that we may be close to agreement on several issues.
    I see the erosion of the middle class, and so does Mr. St Louis. The point of disagreement seems to be my observation that many are focused only on leisure and recreation. Leisure and recreation are not evil in themselves. However, when these become an obsessive priority in life, it may reflect a sense of frustration and helplessness.

  • Column: We’re not dumb hicks and Yankee carpetbaggers

    There was a time when the only discord in Van Wyck was how you should pronounce the name. Van Wick, Van Wack, Van Wike, there are plenty of arguments and plenty of people who “just know” the right way to say it.
    OK, there are also people here still arguing the rights and wrongs of a case involving a dog that’s been dead for 20 years.