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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Lucas addresses 3 crucial issues in Haley’s speech

    S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas, whose District 65 includes southeastern Lancaster County, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Nikki Haley’s Jan. 20 State of the State address:

    The people of South Carolina faced unthinkable challenges last year, but were able to persevere because of our strong and steadfast sense of community.

  • Column: Hospital CEO started as nurse’s aide in 1966

    Editor’s note: This is the presentation speech by Rick Jiran, Duke Energy’s director of government and community relations, from Thursday night’s annual Lancaster chamber annual awards banquet. We will publish the speeches honoring each of this year’s five major honorees. Coming Wednesday: Don Gardner.

    “The best way to find yourself,” Mahatma Gandhi said, “is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

  • Letter: Arrowood meeting on neighborhood watch

    At 7 p.m. next Thursday, Jan. 28, there will be a meeting for Arrowood residents at Reformation Lutheran Church, 508 N. French St., to discuss the neighborhood watch program. This meeting will be conducted by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Our community has had cars broken into, houses broken into, mailboxes destroyed and other crimes in the past three years. Many arrests have been made, and more will follow.

  • Letter: S.C. Rep. Richie Yow to seek reelection

    The writer is a Republican representing House District 53, which includes parts of northeastern Lancaster County.
    The S.C. General Assembly convened on Jan. 12, marking the beginning of the second half of the biennial legislative session. This year’s robust statewide agenda tackles everything from roads and education to protecting the Second Amendment.

  • Letter: Noble’s default change won’t solve problems

    Editor’s note: This letter responds to Phil Noble’s Jan. 10 column advocating a change in S.C. gun laws to eliminate the “Charleston loophole.” This loophole allowed Emanuel Nine shooter Dylan Roof to buy a gun, even though he was not legally eligible to, because of a clerical and computer error. Nobel suggested changing the incentives so that there must be a positive approval for a purchase based on a check of the records, as opposed to allowing the purchase as the default position if the records check isn’t completed on time.

  • Norrell: ‘We’ve been duped’ after 25 years of GOP control

    Editor’s note: The S.C. Democratic Party picked Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell to deliver the party’s televised response to Gov. Nikki Haley’s State of the State Address Jan. 20. Here are excerpts of  Norrell’s speech:

    I am Mandy Powers Norrell, and I represent the southern half of Lancaster County in the S.C. House of Representatives.
    Like Gov. Haley, I was also born and raised in rural South Carolina, and educated in our public schools. But while we have similar backgrounds, we see things from different perspectives.

  • Haley agenda: Fix roads, schools

    Excerpts of Gov. Nikki Haley’s sixth State of the State Address, delivered Jan. 20 before a joint legislative session:

    With good reason, we talk a lot about the things South Carolina does well, the records we are breaking, the rankings that show us rising to the top.
    Number one in foreign investment. The number one exporter of tires. One of the fastest growing economies on the East Coast…. All of South Carolina should take pride in those facts. There are others, however, we talk about less. And that we should never be proud of.

  • Column: The little big dream

    I have a dream for the world. My dream is concerning our nation’s problems and the world’s problems. I dream that one day the dreams of others can be lived in a way of peace. My dream includes that very peace that most of us look for in this world and our daily lives. I dream that one day that my dreams will inspire and motivate many generations to come. This is my big dream! Prepare to hear the truth.