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Today's Opinions

  • Articles bring back cherished memories of Main Street

    I spent a delightful Sunday afternoon revisiting Main Street thanks to Cherry Doster’s and Cole Waddell’s reflections in their articles, “Town used to mean Main Street,” in the March 23 edition of The Lancaster News. While looking longingly at the photos (courtesy of Travis Bell), it was once again one of those lovely Saturdays when we went “to town.”

  • Transparency a key to quality government

    Each year, the week that includes March 16 is designated as “Sunshine Week.”

    It’s a time to remind government officials about the laws that govern them, laws that require meetings to be held in the open and public records to be made available to citizens. Sunshine Week aims to advance the idea that government works best when the sun is permitted to shine in.

  • Doing right thing hard in S.C.

    We in South Carolina love our history. As William Faulkner said of the South, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

    Lately I have been reading a wonderful book about our state’s past – and clearly there are lessons to be learned.

    The book is Deliver Us from Evil, by Dr. Lacy K. Ford, and it’s about how the South, especially South Carolina, dealt with the issue of slavery from the time of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution until the days prior to the Civil War.

  • Free speech is not subsidized speech

    Curiously, one of the most debated items in the entire S.C. House budget process was a combined $70,000 reduction in appropriations to the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate. $70,000 is an utterly trivial part of a $25 billion budget, but the reason for the reduction is what raised the ire of many House members.

  • Harsh winter to blame for pot hole problems

    I share letter writer Pete Melton’s concern about our roads. The problem is due to nature. Rain falls and water settles into small cracks in the road surface. The water freezes and expands and the small cracks become big holes.

    And this cycle will occur over and over, as we have seen during this terrible winter. I don’t blame our officials. I think they do what they can. 

    Bob Summer

    Lancaster

  • Main Street nostalgia fades in our big box stores

    I enjoyed Sunday’s edition of The Lancaster News and the articles related to Main Street. Those two blocks of Lancaster County real estate still exists, although any resemblance to those days of yesteryear is purely coincidental.

    One might say, we got a little too big for our britches. Old was out, new was in. Parking on Main Street was too much trouble. Small, family-owned businesses struggled. Family elders passed away and younger family members had other interests. Shoppers wanted convenience, everything under one roof, so to speak.

  • Democrats must choose strong leader

    I have read that President Barack Obama is weak and that Obama’s actions may put the United States in physical war against Russia because of his stance on Ukraine. I agree with the first point, but I hope the second point will not come true!

    I am a Democrat who voted for Obama twice. It seems every day that goes by, I see how stupid the second vote was.

  • Corruption abounds in government

    It’s been another week of circumstances which scream corruption. First, Lois Lerner was back to testify or actually recite the Fifth Amendment on the IRS scandal.

    When the show was over and meeting closed, Rep. Elijah Cummings pitched a fit because he wanted to ask some questions. When Rep. Darrell Issa turned the microphones back on, Cummings actually had no questions for the witness. He simply wanted to make a statement about the proceedings.