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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Main Street needs someone to invest

    At those Chamber of Commerce get-togethers, you reckon some mention could be directed to Lancaster’s Main Street?
    Why is the spiffy-looking American Legion fairground area so seldom used? Why no fancy lights along our row of banks coming into town?
    Somebody must still own the old empty buildings on Main. Couldn’t the city ask the owners to spread a little cheerful paint on the exteriors, and drop the tax millage a little?

  • Letter: City too generous with tax-funded health benefits

    Editor’s note: This letter responds to a story about a 35 percent increase in health care premiums for the city of Lancaster and its employees.

    The front page of Wednesday’s edition must be an error! President Obama said we were going to save $2,500 per year with his Obamacare scam.
    I also think it is absurd that the city is paying 75 percent of the cost of employee health insurance, when most private sector jobs have barely 60 percent of the cost paid by their employers.
    Just more fleecing of the taxpayers.

  • Column: A pat on the back for Dr. Kumar

    Our good Lord works in mysterious ways! I had just left my son’s house at Cedar Pines Lake and started home to work in my yard, and something told me to go by and check on my friend and brother-in-law Louie Belk.
    As I came up to his house, my phone ran, and Louie said, “Sherrill, where are you? I have fallen and I’m bleeding and I need to go to the doctor!” I told him, “Louie, I’m here at your back door now.”

  • Column: Sounds stupid, but practice shaking hands

    Editor’s note: Rick Jiran, vice president of community relations for Duke Energy in South Carolina, gave the commencement address at Limestone College in Gaffney last Thursday. Here’s some of his advice on job hunting.

    Companies aren’t looking for reasons to hire you. They are looking for reasons not to hire you.

  • Column: Tech sector exploding in Charleston

    The headline on this column is not a wish or an aspiration – it’s a statement of fact.
    For years now, economic development people and politicians have talked about building the technology sector like it was the Holy Grail, and the Holy Land was Silicon Valley. With the help of some clever marketers who came up with cute names – there is now a Silicon Something sprouting up almost everywhere you look – Silicon Alley (New York City),  Silicon Shore (Santa Barbara), Silicon Hills (Austin), Silicon Mountain (Denver), Silicon Forrest (Portland), etc.

  • Column: Not too late to recover from poor leadership

    As we head toward Memorial Day 2016, I am not only thinking of fellow veterans who have fallen but thinking of the 56 Founding Fathers who signed  a document almost 240 years ago that changed the world.
    The last sentence of the Declaration of Independence ends with “...we mutually pledge to each other our Lives,  our Fortunes and our sacred honor.”

  • Column: Thank you, Indian Land, for care, generosity after devastating fire

    To the Indian Land community:
    It has been less than a month since we lost our home to a massive fire. We are truly thankful that our family is safe, which is the most important aspect of this whole experience.
    We would like to express our thanks to the Indian Land community for all of the support during this difficult time. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for all of your generous donations of time, household goods, clothing, money, gift certificates and the like.  

  • Letter: To save a life, adopt a pet

    I am writing this letter on behalf of all animals in kill shelters. Our animals are being murdered. I beg the public to adopt these animals.
    I had one of the smartest cats to ever live. He could talk. His voice is on file with UNC Charlotte. He was on the TV show “That’s Incredible.” He made national news. YouTube search “Blackie the Talking Cat, Cat vs. Court” on your computer.
    But this letter is not about my cat. It is to save animals from kill shelters. Animals have personalities, just like humans.