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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: To save a life, adopt a pet

    I am writing this letter on behalf of all animals in kill shelters. Our animals are being murdered. I beg the public to adopt these animals.
    I had one of the smartest cats to ever live. He could talk. His voice is on file with UNC Charlotte. He was on the TV show “That’s Incredible.” He made national news. YouTube search “Blackie the Talking Cat, Cat vs. Court” on your computer.
    But this letter is not about my cat. It is to save animals from kill shelters. Animals have personalities, just like humans.

  • Column: For fed-up GOP voter, it’s Trump or nobody

    I am tired of listening to all the GOP whiners about Donald Trump and his movement to make America great again.
    Regardless of how you feel about Mr. Trump, his rise as the frontrunner for the Republican Party’s nomination signals a strong popular voice in the United States – a voice for change from the status quo.  

  • Letter: Thanks for the fond memories of childhood marble shooting

    I would like to thank Mr. W.B. Evans for his May 1 article concerning the sometimes-ruthless game of “keepers” marble shooting. It brought back some fond and funny memories to this 66-year-old, and my right thumbnail still retains that shooter’s indented groove.

    Sam Wilson
    Lancaster

  • Letter: I know something about law enforcement officers

    I am responding to Michael Jedson’s letter in Friday’s paper about the Billy McCoy situation, which called me uninformed about police procedures.
    My father was W.M. “Doc” Estridge. He was a city and county police officer from the 1950s until he retired in the ‘70s. My son, Deputy James Brent McCants, was 23 years old when he was shot and murdered on Dave Lyle Boulevard in Rock Hill in the line of duty on Sept. 25, 1992. Brent was a sheriff’s deputy for York County. He also worked for the city of Rock Hill.

  • Letter: Voters likely won’t forgive candidate McCoy’s missteps

    The attack on Brian Melton in Friday’s newspaper is another example of what we have come to expect from rabid left-wing Democratic operatives like Michael Jedson.
    Mr. Jedson and his ilk preach tolerance, but only insofar as those who agree with them. Anyone who disagrees with the liberal orthodoxy of the day is immediately branded as an intolerant bigot.

  • Column: Give Local: Fundraising goes digital

    One of my favorite children’s books is Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” which chronicles the life of a child growing up beside a tree.
    It is a story of how the tree provides for the boy throughout his lifetime. First the tree offers apples, then climbing branches, finally shade and rest for the older man as he reflects on his life. In this tale, the tree is the teacher or coach, the boy is the student. Viewed another way, the tree is the community, the boy its citizen.

  • Column: Infrastructure investments essential to S.C.

    The S.C. legislature is battling over infrastructure improvements in our state. It’s part of a wider debate on how to become truly prosperous, with opportunity for all.
    The “conservative solution” is to cut spending, taxes, regulations and government and not raise the minimum wage. Get government out of the way, and personal responsibility and the free market will create prosperity for all. Some seem to believe that government is bad and cannot do anything right.

  • Column: Mr. Melton, who are you to decide sheriff’s candidate isn’t ‘respectable’?

    This is a response to various recent articles about Billy McCoy, plagiarism, and Barry Faile.
    Starting with the editor’s column, written by Brian Melton, excuse me if my punctuation in this column is “not” correct, or not up to your standards. I have not found any job descriptions for sheriff that list proper punctuation to be a job requirement.
    Who are you to determine if Mr. McCoy is a “respectable candidate”? Have you interviewed him? That’s something for the voters to decide.