Today's Opinions

  • County schools still lag behind Fort Mill

    At first glance, the recent SAT scores suggested that our district is doing very well. As reflected in the article, our school superintendent and executive director of planning and accountability for Lancaster County School District were impressed with the results.

    However, a quick search on the S.C. Department of Education website revealed that SAT scores in Lancaster County School District were almost 14 percent lower than Fort Mill School District and the Lancaster County ACT scores were 16 percent lower than in the Fort Mill district.

  • Willie finishes rest of story

    At the end of my Sept. 27 column I told you I would tell you the rest of the story about Slick Willie from our 1999 visit.

    I left you at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 26, 1999, when I was talking with Lib Smith, Slick Willie’s sister. Lib was calling from Piedmont Medical to inform me of Slick Willie’s condition and to inquire about our Oct. 23 visit and to see if I could fill in the blanks on the strange happenings that landed Slick Willie in the hospital.

  • We need some common sense

    Can I get an amen? That’s what I wanted to shout after reading W.B. Evans’ Oct. 16 letter regarding the idiotic notion of bulding the expressway to Rock Hill.

    Thank you, W.B., it will save a majority of us from getting writer’s cramp from giving our opinion to Lancaster County Council.

    Does council actually think that this bridge/highway to York County will benefit Lancaster County? Get real.

  • Cummings an example of poor politics

    Sometimes I have to stop and wonder how in the world some of our congressmen and women get elected at all. Elijah Cummings, of Maryland, is one of them. At the hearings on Benghazi, at which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton passed the buck, Cummings ranted about the amount of taxpayers’ money being used for the hearings.

  • ‘We had to’ belief dominates all of our lives

    Three words that echo through history to explain why evil occurs. Three words heard over and over as a universal explanation to justify events that could have been avoided.

    Those words are, “we had to.” We first took notice of these words when liberating Nazi death camps. We asked the guards in the camp and the people in the surrounding towns and they all said “we had to.”

  • Stop sanctuary cities

    Typically when we hear the word “sanctuary,” it gives us a feeling of safety, shelter and security. What we do not often associate with this word is heartbreaking loss. But, as we heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee late last month, that’s exactly what Jim Steinle experienced in a so-called sanctuary city.

    Mr. Steinle lived every parent’s worst nightmare, as his daughter, Kate, was murdered right before his eyes in broad daylight in San Francisco. He testified that the last words he ever heard his daughter speak were, “Help me, Dad.”

  • We have made a ‘covenant with death’

    Bruce Miller’s recent article, “U.S.’s past, present, future immigrants,” was excellent.

    I would like to add to his piece with additional information to explain this dire situation that we face.

    The Middle East is imploding. Islamic State butchers are annihilating Christian and other communities. Putin is sending arms to Assad, while we are arming the enemies of Assad.

  • Washington grateful for support

    I would like to acknowledge so many people who made the first NGA Red Rose City Classic Natural Championship at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium on Oct. 17 possible.

    I appreciate the National Gym Association (NGA) and its president Andy Bostinto.

    Andy is responsible for laying the foundation and giving athletes and promotors like myself a drug-free platform to show case our talents and to inspire and encourage others to do the same.