Today's Opinions

  • Column: Can S.C. reverse its reputation for dirty politics?

    “There will be blood in South Carolina,” reads the headline of Camden resident Kathleen Parker’s syndicated Washington Post column about the presidential primaries in our state.
    She’s probably right.
    For Parker and just about everyone else who has looked at S.C. politics, and especially Republican presidential primaries, the big take away is that politics here are mean, nasty, racially charged battles. The recent Republican debate in Greenville shows that we’re probably heading for another new low this election.

  • Letter: McKenzie will set vision for our city

    I believe Paul McKenzie is the best candidate for mayor.
    During a recent discussion of the upcoming election, someone suggested that it may be important to elect a candidate that already has had previous experience in office. While I applaud anyone with the willingness to serve in public office, I do not believe that this alone is the litmus test for election to the position of mayor.

  • Letter: Why Paul McKenzie is running for mayor

    Although my husband, Dr. Paul McKenzie, has lived and worked in Lancaster for almost 20 years, having served on over 20 boards or advisory groups, appeared before city and county council on numerous occasions, presented at all three Rotary groups, and spoken at countless churches, parent groups and forums, I realize there may be some in our community who may not be familiar with his work.

  • Letter: Mayoral endorsement from Charlotte Shaw

    Editor’s note: Lancaster voters will choose a mayor Tuesday to fill the unexpired term of Joe Shaw, who died Nov. 29. This letter is from his widow, Charlotte.
    Once again I find myself urging you to vote, but this time the candidate for mayor of Lancaster won’t be my husband. This time the candidate I’m supporting is John Howard. I urge you to vote for him.

  • Column: IL residents must act to protect their future

    Anais Nin once wrote, “...the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” To her, growth was a process that could often be impeded by a (completely reasonable) fear of the unknown. However, at some point, change must be embraced to deliver a fruitful future.

  • Column: Maybe too late to forestall social, financial collapse

    What happens when the working class is trapped in a society where their income barely sustains their lifestyle?
    They don’t have enough money to save, and live paycheck to paycheck. They live one health crisis away from financial ruin. Borrowing is the only way to pay for many extras such as college.

  • Letter: GOP hypocritical on Scalia successor

    Republicans say time and time again that the Constitution is their Bible. They went after President Obama for his executive orders, which they say violate the Constitution but that other presidents before him used. They criticized his gun control efforts, saying these violate the people’s constitutional right to bear arms.

  • Letter: Howard prepared to serve on day 1

    I have known John Howard since before I joined the Lancaster Police Department in 1973. In all those years I found him to be a steadfast supporter of the police department.
     In fact, in the early years he even rode with me on patrol to get an idea of the challenges we faced.
    After 25 years, I retired and John was instrumental in helping me with my second career at Kanawha Insurance. I have watched him proudly serve the citizens of Lancaster as a city councilman and often as mayor pro tem.