Today's Opinions

  • Back-row view of state spending problems

    We sit on the back row of the S.C. Senate, with a fairly good view of the good, the bad and the ugly in our state’s government.
    One of us is a Democrat and one of us is a Republican. But more important than party affiliation is a  commitment to responsible and honest government in our state. That’s why we have joined together to condemn the recent action of the Budget and Control Board to approve deficit spending by South Carolina agencies.

  • Protect the votes of those who protect our freedom to vote

    Although there’s no way to adequately express our thanks to the men and women who have made sacrifices in defending our nation, South Carolinians have always believed in doing our part to return the favor.
    I dare say that nowhere in America, nowhere in the world, will you find more patriotic citizens than right here in South Carolina – people who understand that freedom comes at great cost, and who offer their gratitude and support to those who serve.

  • Our country is losing its precious values

    In the aftermath of the Tucson shootings, I have begun to ask myself, once again, can the center hold?
    Some years ago, I discovered the lines of William Butler Yeats in his poem, “The Second Coming,” which he wrote in 1919 just after World War I. These lines from its first stanza haunt me to this day.
    “… Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned,

  • Study is waste of taxpayer money

    This is in response to a recent article about the Friends of Indian Land (FOIL) published in The Lancaster News. According to one of the Lancaster County Council members, FOIL members do really good research. It seems to me that they didn’t do any research on the housing development that they chose to live in. If they had, they would have known that it is built next door to an industrial park.
    I think it is a waste of taxpayer money for the county to spend on some dumb study just to please these people.

  • County, state should have enough money to fix our roads

    I am sure most everyone is aware of how bad our roads are. They are getting in worse shape, especially on Potter Road, Camp Creek Road and S.C. 200 from the end of the four-lane section almost to the Catawba River bridge. I would think the state has enough money given the extra road tax in the county and the money generated from the state sales tax.

    Margaret Flynn
    Floyd Flynn

  • Habitat is doing its part, needs our help

    The Lancaster County chapter of Habitat for Humanity’s goal for 2011 is to build a home for a local family.
    That task became easier with the donation of a Penny Street home in the area of Springs Memorial Hospital. The welcomed donation was made by Wells Fargo.
    The brick home was given through Wells Fargo’s Real Estate Owned (REO) Property Donation program.

  • S.C. House approves tort reform bill, again

    The fifth week of the legislative session is over and the House has already passed four major conservative government reforms.
    We approved a state law requiring roll call voting in the General Assembly that reinforces the House rule that requires it in our chamber. We approved the Voter ID legislation, supported by 83 percent of Americans, to require a photo identification be shown at the polls. We approved new requirements that our public colleges and universities be more transparent in how they spend your tax – and tuition – dollars.

  • Horton has opened my eyes to landfill issue

    Garbage has to be dumped somewhere, but not in my backyard, well at least not North Carolina’s. It is so easy to slumber through issues that seemingly don’t affect us. Hang on! This guy named Gary Horton opened my eyes with his article in Friday’s paper.
    My neighborhood on Charlotte Road is busy as a bee. So much so that I have long delays pulling out of my driveway. Now, our county administration is mulling over the merits of some new funds in the treasury versus about 176 dump trucks hauling garbage right down in front of my home.