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Today's Opinions

  • Americans have difficulty distinguishing what’s a lie

    The last true remnant of freedom in this United States is our right to vote. We send our fellow residents to faraway countries to die on the battlefield to stop the enemies of this republic, who would deny that right.
    We spend billions to support local, state and national governments that we trust will defend that right. Neighbors fall out with neighbors as the result of exercising that right. Cultural differences very often determine how we will execute that right.

  • Smith one constant in state titles

    John Smith never sets his sights on winning region titles or state championships. Rather, he simply aims for his team to get better. Somehow, though, his Great Falls Red Devils continue to win plenty of both.
    On March 3, Great Falls defeated Johnsonville for the Class A state title. Smith won another state title that he didn’t plan for or expect, even though he returned five of his top seven players from last year’s state title team, including the Class A Player of the Year.

  • Let sun shine in government

    It’s Sunshine Week, a week to promote open government.
    Since you are reading an editorial column in this newspaper, you likely care about what is going on in your community and with your government. This is a good thing and unfortunately not common enough.
    Let me encourage you to also care about open, transparent government on the local and state levels.
    Without open government, you don’t know how your tax dollars are spent, how your public bodies make decisions, or if our laws are being enforced efficiently and with equality.

  • Sheriff’s deputies rescue pet, opossum

    I want to thank Lancaster County Sheriff Office’s deputy Forrest Lawson and another unknown sheriff’s deputy for their help on Feb. 19. My dachshund was under the pool deck attached to an opossum and would not come out.
    Buffie barked for one and one-half hour alarming the neighborhood. The sheriff’s deputies came and rescued Buffie and the opossum from under the deck. I thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart. You were such a godsend.

    Barbara L. Roebuck
    Lancaster
     

  • GOP campaign is a circus

    Welcome, children of all ages. This year’s circus has and will continue to provide some of the most death-defying, unbelievable stunts, never before performed in the public arena.
    Keep your eyes on the center ring, as the starring act is changing more quickly than at any time in history. Each week brings a new set of clowns and new approaches to comedy than have ever been presented before.

  • Writer encourages voters to hear Payne’s views

    Since the beginning of our country, we have had a political system that has had its share of problems. Whether it was with race, age or sex, we have made it somewhat of a habit to exclude voters in the past.
    We have also had various fights about what exactly defines a voter, and how old one must be to vote. Since 1971, people gain their enfranchisement at the age of 18, and since then, younger voters have often misused this power.

  • Truesdale true champ in athletics

    It’s been quite a senior year for Indian Land High School star athlete Rondreas Truesdale.
    The record-setting quarterback produced a stellar football season, leading the Warriors to a 7-4 mark and a second straight home berth in the Class AA Upper State playoffs.
    He led the state in rushing 2,210 yards and scored 37 touchdowns this season.
    Truesdale also became the fifth Warriors’ player to earn selection to the annual North-South All-Star football game at Myrtle Beach last December.

  • Contraception debate shows how far our government has drifted

    Has there ever been a bigger example of an over-reaching federal government than the recent dispute in Washington over contraceptives?
    In February, the Obama administration unveiled a mandate for employers and insurance companies to cover the cost of contraceptives for women. The mandate is part of Obamacare, the sweeping overhaul, or as many people call it, the government takeover of health care.