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Today's Opinions

  • Our outbursts may seem radical to some

    I enjoyed The Lancaster News editor Barbara Rutledge’s recent column on South Carolina and how South Carolinians project ourselves to other folks.

    My children attended the University of South Carolina and some years back, I figured I had borne the financial burden of their education, the least they could do was to provide me with one of those fancy license tags honoring USC. I even got a car that is about as close to garnet as they make.

  • Agency brings medical care to remote areas

    As the debate over health care reform dominates the scene of United States politics, millions of Americans continue to face uncertainty about the future of their health coverage. This uncertainty, however, continues to have more critical and dire consequences for those 45 million Americans without any type of health insurance, especially those currently facing health problems. Accessing alternative means for primary care, such as the Remote Area Medical Clinic, have become the norm for thousands of Americans.

  • S.C. reflects stimulus expenditures on the Web

    South Carolinians who want to see where federal stimulus dollars are going can now do so with a few clicks of a mouse.

    On Sept. 17, my office began posting specific stimulus spending details on the Web, making information about federal stimulus spending in South Carolina easily available to anyone with Web access. We are one of just a small handful of states nationwide to put individual stimulus expenditures at people’s fingertips.

  • Kudos to store clerks

    It’s not often that you hear about a law enforcement sting where no one gets stung. But that’s just what happened here on Sept. 21 when the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office conducted an operation to see whether local convenience stores were checking the identifications of the people trying to buy alcohol.

    In this operation, someone under the age of 21 working undercover with the sheriff’s office visited local convenience stores and attempted to buy alcohol. The sheriff’s office has conducted similar operations in the past.

  • Marsh tacky horse 'true South Carolina native'

    The Catawba Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is supporting the marsh tacky horse for S.C. State Heritage Horse. Because of the lack of support from our state representatives, the chapter thinks the people of South Carolina need to know more about this horse. One state representative even said he would not support the horse because it was ugly and he did not care what happened to the breed.

  • Yard debris can be fatal to your pets

    It’s fall again, the time of year when the mornings are cool and the nights can be quite frosty. It’s time for pumpkins, county fairs, candy apples, falling leaves, dried up pine straw and snakes.

    Snakes are on the move looking for their winter den in which to hunker down in for the long winter to come. But while they are looking for that den they are scouting out that pile of leaves you haven’t gotten around to burning yet. They like those piles because mice are looking for a winter home too, so where you have mice you will have snakes.

  • Brookchase needs to get in back of line for road paving

    I would like to respond to the article, “Roads in need of repair, but can county help?” My answer to Brookchase: Get in line, and it forms at the bottom.

    The photo with the article looks like a super highway compaired to our Sunnybrook Lane.  It is a dead-end road off Everall Road with 30 homes, with two to four vehicles at each home.

    I have lived here for 60 years and remember when it was a dirt road. It was paved more than 50 years ago.

    After that, the bridge fell in. It was never repaired therefore it became a dead-end road.

  • We need to rethink our strategy in Afghanistan

    As President Barack Obama plans to send more troops to Afghanistan, perhaps all should contemplate the unknown outcome and the reason for our being there. Currently, 40 percent of Americans are dubious about the war effort, and in Great Britain the sentiment is even stronger. Sweden plans to move its troops out at the end of next year.