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Today's Opinions

  • It’s time to stop the slaughter of innocents

    Rarely in life do we get to meet a demon face to face. More often than not, it just stalks our path.

    But in this case, I would come to know a demon, who was not only traveling my route, but was a neighbor.

    In the late 1970s on the northwest side of Chicago, a demon was obviously hard at work. More than 30 youngsters from the area disappeared and no one had a clue.

    It was 1978 and I was then living at the northwesterly tip of the city, just off the O’Hare Airport cloverleaf, and traveling to Wisconsin on business most every weekend.

  • Automatic retirement savings: A good idea for South Carolina

    Back in 1932, during the depths of the Great Depression, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote that “a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.”

  • Go gridlock!

    Now that the State of the Union has been delivered, it’s time for all the usual suspects to start chiming in with all their predictable comments.

    The Republicans undoubtedly will call the president obtuse for refusing to heed the recent election as a call to rethink his policies, and his Democratic Party allies will line up behind him, cheering his tenacity in the face of an increasingly unforgiving opposition.

    But because that opposition now has a majority in Congress, virtually nothing that the president has proposed will ever see the light of day.

  • Lawmakers spend campaign funds on their own businesses

    In the 2008 and 2012 elections, S.C. Sen. Thomas Alexander faced little or no formal opposition.

  • Council needs to adequately fund criminal justice system

    The criminal justice system is one of the core functions of government – one of the first things that government is supposed to do for us.

    When the bad guys are causing us harm and we call the law, response is supposed to be quick and the bad guys are supposed to be promptly caught, taken to jail and punished.

  • Never underestimate the American spirit

    My wife and I were eating lunch the other day at a restaurant. Sitting in a booth next to us were an older couple and the gentleman wore a Vietnam veteran cap.

    During their meal a young boy, about 10 or so, walked up to the man and said, “Excuse me sir. I see that you’re a veteran. I just want to thank you for your service for our country.”

  • Former trees, roses showed we cared about Lancaster

    There are few things that say “this is Lancaster and we are proud of our heritage” as did our trees and our roses that lined Main Street. With their white lights glowing in the dark, the trees made a drive through town at night magical.

    The red roses, blooming gloriously through three seasons, made Main Street truly worth going out of one’s way to see. Lancaster was the “Red Rose City,” with the roses offering a symbolic portal to hundreds of years of history.

  • My memory rerun circuit is fused

    Thanks to all of you that have expressed appreciation for the columns I write and thanks to The Lancaster News for the opportunity. I believe you all will find it interesting how I am able to recall and write about things before the age of 2.

    As a small child, I did not talk. The seven Ussery children before me were early talkers and very prolific. My parents became concerned when all efforts to persuade me to talk failed.