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Today's Opinions

  • Long explains Amazon vote

    Long explains Amazon vote

    Last week’s Amazon decision was the single most difficult vote I have taken as a legislator. In the end, putting people to work and food on their table is an immediate need and requires immediate attention. However, it does not fix the longer, real job creation act of tax reform. 

    Amazon means jobs

  • Statism will not work anywhere, now or ever

    Statism will not work anywhere, now or ever

    Everywhere one looks, statism is an abject failure. Look and compare Venezuela with Chile, Cuba with Colombia, North Korea to South Korea. Just look at the United Kingdom in 1950 and compare it to itself in 1990.

    The union riots in Europe were not to embrace socialism, but to find someone somewhere to somehow pay for their unsupportable benefits. They believe that the “someone” is probably on some hedonistic island somewhere with a vault of cash to pay for it all.

  • Online high school could save money

    In order to save on costs, students should be given an option to take courses online through the state’s online Provost Academy. Some underprivileged students and those with disciplinary issues may benefit from enrolling in the state’s online program of study.

  • Mathis family thanks loving community

    I would like to thank the community of Lancaster for wrapping your loving arms around my family during the loss of my father, C.B. Mathis.

    Wednesday morning felt like any other day. I went to work, my mom went to the gym and my dad prepared himself for another busy day in real estate. Never in a million years did I think, Wednesday, May 25, my dad, at age 66, would take his last breath.

  • Have a fun, but safe summer

    Have a fun, but safe summer 

    It’s easy to let your safety guard down right now. After all, it is summer. School’s out. The beach, rivers and pools beckon. The longer days allow more time for outdoor activities – like boating, riding motorcycles and pursuing great adventures on all-terrain vehicles.

  • Congrats, good luck to 2011 grads

    Take a good look at this week’s Graduation 2011 special section. It’s full of the graduates from all four county high schools, as well as Carolina Christian Academy.
    In each school’s section, you’ll read about their top scholars, who will address their classmates as valedictorian and salutatorian at graduation ceremonies – today for the four county schools and June 3 for Carolina Christian.

  • Column: Stegall’s sense of duty lives on

    They left the comfort of their surroundings and went to strange places where they were called upon to do things unnatural to civilized humanity. Some are buried in foreign lands. Some are buried at sea. The status of some is unknown. There is a story for each of the many thousands who went away to war. I offer this one.
    In 1966, a young man named Lindell Ray “Butch” Stegall was relentless in requests to his parents that they sign a waiver so he might enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was only 17.

  • Column: Stegall’s sense of duty lives on

    They left the comfort of their surroundings and went to strange places where they were called upon to do things unnatural to civilized humanity. Some are buried in foreign lands. Some are buried at sea. The status of some is unknown. There is a story for each of the many thousands who went away to war. I offer this one.
    In 1966, a young man named Lindell Ray “Butch” Stegall was relentless in requests to his parents that they sign a waiver so he might enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was only 17.