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Today's Opinions

  • Poverty rate should be as important as unemployment

    MSNBC has a graph that shows the United States spends $239 billion more than China, United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Germany, India and Brazil combined.

    If $239 billion could be cut and spent elsewhere (partially to make up for any economic losses), then what could be done with an extra trillion every four years to improve the lives of those who rely on the safety net to stay alive?

  • Medicaid expansion needed

    Kudos to the letter from Ralph and Bonnie Lawrance of Indian Land in The Lancaster News regarding South Carolina’s refusal to join in the Medicaid Expansion Program.

    This is indeed a humanitarian issue, as it was pointed out that South Carolina has ranked near the

  • Recognize true value of USC’s and Clemson’s accomplishments

    As I sit down to write this column, the local news is reporting that the University of South Carolina and Clemson have both finished in the top 10 in college football postseason rankings for the first time ever.

    It’s another feather in the caps of two teams who made the Palmetto State proud earlier this month by defeating formidable opponents to win bowl games.

  • What should we be doing?

    A few weeks ago, The Lancaster News ran an interesting series asking what people would like to see in the way of changes to the county, particularly in the Indian Land area. The discussion quickly turned to agreement that a better class of retail establishments would be desirable, with the debate asking questions like Target, Macy’s or Saks Fifth Avenue? Olive Garden, Outback or a prominent chef’s own gourmet restaurant? Sentiment from the report seemed to be more or less “all of the above.”

  • Killian family grateful for ‘Pappy’s’ support

    We’d like to address this letter to our church family at Eastside Baptist Church, our family, friends, neighbors, our Gerdau family and the Lancaster community.

    Words cannot express our gratitude for the love and kindness you all have shown us through this journey since Tim was diagnosed with cancer in July. God has truly blessed us and continues to pour out his blessings on us.

    All of you are blessings sent from God and each one of you have blessed our lives so richly.

  • Take a look at how much S.C. spends on Medicaid

    I am confused. The Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare was promoted to help cover an estimated 30 million Americans without health insurance. Depending upon which source you accept, roughly 2.2 million people have signed up for health insurance.

    If you add the 5 million people whose policies were canceled because of Obamacare, the total uninsured is 35 million – plus or minus the 2 million who have signed up.

    Maybe I am not able to “cipher” as well as most, but it seems to me we have more uninsured now than before Obamacare went into effect.

  • Groups make lasting legacy

    On behalf of Lancaster County Partners for Youth board of directors, I would like to extend a huge thank you to the 45 businesses and organizations that sponsored our recent celebration honoring Founders Federal Credit Union and the founding board members of the Lancaster Medical Endowment.

    We could not think of two more deserving groups of people to honor for their impact on youth and education in our community.

  • Community helps Santa deliver Christmas gifts

    Sleigh bells announced the arrival of Santa Claus as he made a surprise visit to the special needs classes at Southside Early Education Center on Dec. 20. The students were surprised, happy, and, of course, a few were afraid.

    Santa’s helpers from the Lancaster Women of the Moose assisted with parties for both the morning and afternoon classes and all the children received gifts.