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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Sorting out what’s true, what’s spin not so easy

    Someone asked why I hadn’t written anything lately, and I said that my last article was not published because the editor felt I needed more verifications of my sources.
    At first it bothered me, and I felt he doubted my integrity. But after consideration I realized he was right to doubt because, as I told the editor, “there is so much information available from numerous sources that I often consider something factual if it has multiple sources in agreement,” but in today’s world of TV, radio, print media and Internet, that is not always true.

  • Column: Fred Sheheen was an S.C. institution

    We were shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Fred Sheheen today. Fred was a South Carolina institution who devoted his life to lifting up all of us.
    As a young journalist, his reports on the Civil Rights Movement told stories of injustice that helped spur a nation to act. He played his own part in the long march toward justice as an aide to Gov. Donald Russell, during whose tenure our state took fitful yet peaceful steps toward desegregation.

  • Column: S.C. riding a bike, while race cars whiz past

    Consider the following S.C. and national unemployment numbers from recent news reports:
    For April 2016, the S.C. unemployment rate rose for the second month in a row, to 5.8 percent, up a bit from 5.7 percent in March. This is bad.
    The April unemployment rate across South Carolina ranged from a high of 9.1 percent in Allendale County to a low of 4.34 percent in Lexington County. This is good or bad, depending on where you live.

  • Column: Let’s pull together for a day of unity

    Lancaster is one of the most beautiful cities in the South and is known as the “The Red Rose City.”
    When people identify a town, city, state or a nation, they’re not just talking about buildings, streets, businesses, churches or schools. They’re talking about the people of that city.
    Lancaster is my hometown. As a citizen and minister of the Gospel, I have a great love and compassion for all people, especially hometown folks.

  • Letter: Thanks to all who helped make candidates forum a success

    The 2016 Before You Vote Candidates Forum on May 26 at Inspiration Ministries/Cross Ridge was a great success.
    We want to thank all the Indian Land residents who took this opportunity to meet and listen to the candidates. I am sure they went  home with new information to help them vote on June 14.
    Rick Jiran, vice president of communications with Duke Power, was a fantastic moderator. Thank you and we want you back.  
    The Rev. David Bender of Faith Presbyterian Church, thank you  for a moving invocation.

  • Letter: Opponent’s attack on Mulvaney at forum not appreciated

    I have just come from the candidates forum in Indian Land. While it was very informative, all of the candidates with one exception were civil.
    The man running against Congressman Mick Mulvaney decided his time was best suited to make personal attacks.
    I do not appreciate this type of campaign.

    Lynne Carroll
    Indian Land

  • Letter: Wilt stands out in District 1 race

    My wife and I attended the “Before You Vote Candidate Forum” on May 26 to hear from all the primary candidates before we go to the polls on June 14.
    What I took away from that forum is there are some excellent candidates running for the county council District 1 and the county auditor positions. Any one of those candidates could do a fine job for the citizens of Indian Land and Van Wyck areas.

  • Letter: I back Blackmon for auditor

    Lancaster County is fortunate to have Allen Blackmon as a candidate for county auditor.
    I had the privilege to work directly and indirectly for him for over 20 years. During that time, I observed Allen treat his employees and taxpayers fairly and compassionately.
    He always tried to help anyone in need. He would come in early or stay late to make sure all tasks were handled.