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Today's Opinions

  • Officers deserve credit for quick thinking

    When a civilian loses his life during a violent confrontation with police, there is frequently a complaint that the officers overreacted or used excessive force.

    The officers who arrested Curtis Ja’ven Sowell in the story, “Man pulls handgun during arrest,” in the Jan. 9 edition of The Lancaster News, are to be congratulated for their quick thinking and self-restraint.

    Mr. Sowell should count himself lucky and the rest of us can sleep a little easier knowing that such professionals are protecting our streets.

    Charles Kaska

  • Residents have no say in city annexation

    Lancaster City Council passed first reading for the changes proposed to the current annexation rules at the Jan. 13 council meeting.

    What does this mean? Let’s take an example – three years ago the city attempted to annex five new lots in the Arrowood subdivision.

    The city was required to post such intensions in the local newspaper, notify 100 percent of the proposed annexed property owners, notify the surrounding property owners and to have a posted public hearing where residents could speak and let their views be heard.

  • Thumbs up for sheriff’s fee district

    My wife and I moved to Indian Land six years ago because of a job transfer and found a wonderful home in the BridgeHampton neighborhood. 

    We really like it here, but have been concerned about the increasing crime rate over the last couple of years, so I was pleased to read the article about Sheriff Barry Faile’s plans to beef up law enforcement coverage in our area.

  • Soils of earth also represent various people

    According to the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, on a day when many people from many cities in Galilee gathered to hear Jesus speak, he taught them the parable of the sower and his seed.

    In those days, a farmer tied a bag of seed around his neck and then walked through his plowed fields scattering seed with his hand.

  • Springmaid Beach holds so many memories

    Thousands of former Springs employees visited Springmaid Beach located in the boondocks of an earlier-thriving Myrtle Beach known for its Pavilion and concentration of amusement rides, which lured mostly working folks for a weekend or the entire week during plant shutdown.

    Like a coin, Myrtle Beach was on one side and everyone and everything was on the other side. Gosh, it was a place to just let it all hangout and toss cares to the wind.

  • Obama opens himself up for criticisms

    Anyone who is familiar with my writings/ranting, knows that I have been critical of President Barack Obama.

    I do not apologize for my criticisms, because I feel they are justified. President Obama opens himself up for criticism through his behavior, and more often, his speech.

  • Free speech does not exist in Islam

    I recently saw another “Coexist” bumper sticker. The car had an Obama/Biden sticker, also. The news from France and around the world proves that Muslims do not believe, teach or practice this motto.

    The driver of that car has deceived herself by any attempt to believe that motto. That person has placed herself at a severe disadvantage with the Muslims. She believes something that is not true and will not happen. It is the feeling that matters.

  • Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures

    A friend of mine from South Dakota noted that the U.S. Postal Service delivered a lump of coal to many small towns last Christmas when it proceeded to eliminate overnight mail in most of the nation in 2015. That was a good description.

    USPS will slow delivery officially by one day for first-class and periodicals mail. Many members of Congress have asked it to hold off. But USPS is plowing ahead.

    It is time for lawmakers to consider how rural and small town mail is suffering.