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Today's Opinions

  • Spratt shows leadership in Congress

    I want to thank Congressman John Spratt for demonstrating outstanding leadership in the U.S. Congress. Congressman Spratt has become one of the leading experts on both the budget and defense. I respect his knowledge of the budget and the ability that he has to build consensus on reforming health care while insisting on fiscal discipline and accountability. Congressman Spratt listens to the concerns of the people and addresses an issue in detail. When you ask him a question you will get an honest answer.

  • Newspapers are reliable, accountable

    It’s National Newspaper Week and a good time to set the record straight about South Carolina’s 115 daily and weekly newspapers.

    Just like other businesses, newspapers, including The Lancaster News, are facing tight times in this tough economy.

    But unlike some highly-publicized big city newspapers, The Lancaster News isn’t going away.

    The Lancaster News will keep coming to you next week to tell you what’s going on in your community. And we should be thankful for that.

  • Healing Horses provides a needed service

    You may have found a couple of the photos that we ran with the Oct. 11 article on Healing Horses disturbing. In one photo, you can see horses tied to a tree.

    They were all malnourished and recently rescued by Healing Horses, a nonprofit organization in Van Wyck where abused horses find a haven for healing.

    In the photo of the three horses tied to the tree, you can clearly see the outline of ribs on the brown horse in the foreground.

    It’s a sad picture.

  • County needs to thank our volunteers

    I am a volunteer for the American Red Cross. At 10:15 p.m. Aug. 9, I was called to a fire off S.C. 75, going toward Waxhaw. I called the sheriff’s office to verify the location.

    But you couldn’t miss it because there were four volunteer fire departments, two EMS vehicles and an ambulance to help with the fire and dwelling. It was a big fire.

    I met with a firefighter who took my wife and me to meet the family, a couple with an 18-month-old baby. The woman was eight months pregnant.

  • S.C., Not a nation, not an insane asylum?

    While waiting in line for the Jungle Cruise ride at Walt Disney World several years ago, I talked with a charming family from upstate New York. It was the first trip to the Sunshine State for the 11-year-old girl, her mother and father.

    They were excited and chatted freely. Until they asked where we were from. At the moment I got South Carolina out of my mouth, the three almost collectively took a step back. And the chatting stopped.

    The gesture was so obvious it surprised me. I couldn’t figure out why I suddenly became so offensive.

  • Step up, help Habitat for Humanity

    Habitat for Humanity offers the chance to realize the ultimate American dream – home ownership.

    To keep that vision alive locally, the Habitat for Humanity is in need of public support.

    Volunteers are always a need, but local Habitat officials need other items to help at construction sites.

    Habitat is in need of tools to help with area projects.

    Contractors come and help with projects and use their own tools, but Habitat officials don’t want them to wear out their own tools.

  • 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.