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Today's Opinions

  • Mulvaney distorting Spratt's record

    It has been said that the first casualty of war is the truth. After reading an article in The Lancaster News entitled, “Mulvaney challenges Spratt on budget, taxes,” it seems truth is also a victim of Mr. Mulvaney’s attempt to unseat Mr. Spratt.

    Mr. Mulvaney claims that the House of Representatives will fail to pass a budget for the first time since 1974. That is simply not true.

    The last time the House failed to pass a budget was in 2006, when the Republicans were in the majority.

  • Dillon apologizes for blood drive cancellation

    I want to personally apologize for the cancellation of the BloodStock blood drive on July 22 at the Van Wyck Community Center. Due to technical difficulties, the blood drive was cancelled.

    The donors who had left phone numbers were contacted immediately to inform them of the situation. If you were not called, I apologize. Many people were contacted and were attempted to be contacted and I apologize if you fell through the cracks and were not contacted.

  • Gloom, despair and agony on us

    Our military can win anywhere in the world, when allowed. Yet, President Barack Obama repeatedly speaks to reducing our forces? Our troops are brave and strong, but how many rotations does he expect them to make? Will the sacrifice of laying down their lives ever end. He has said that it is his opinion the military should pay for their medical, be reduced in size and take pay cuts. “Troops understand the risk of injury when they volunteer to serve,” Obama said. How stupid is that? Get a leg blown off and pay for it to? No thanks.

  • South Carolina needs Spratt

    Who is the Republican running against U.S. Rep. John Spratt this fall?

    I can’t determine if the candidate is the new state senator from Lancaster County or someone from the national GOP.

    It seems like every quote from his campaign is not from the candidate, but from some hack in Washington.

    This begs the question, “Who needs a puppet from the Republican National Committee representing South Carolina’s 5th District?”

    The GOP has made a number of salacious, misleading and downright false statements about Congressman Spratt.

  • It is up to conservatives to save nation

    We attended a Lancaster outdoor Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party on July 3. On April 15 we attended a Tea Party at the same location. About 300 people attended the April event and about 500 attended the July party.

    Liberal moderate Republican Lindsey Graham recently said, “The TEA parties will die out.”

    Well, I know where he stands and it is not with the people who voted him into office. The conservative people can forget getting any support from him.

  • KLS Foundation thanks supporters

    On April 17, Donna White, of Lancaster, led the Walk for Ryan.

    It was a fundraiser honoring the memory of her son, Ryan, who struggled with Kleine-Levin Syndrome and tragically died of unrelated health complications.

    Donna’s event raised $3,500 for the Kleine-Levin Syndrome Foundation’s research fund.

    Although the Foundation acknowledged and thanked Donna for her work and the money she raised, we neglected to thank the community of Lancaster for supporting Donna in her efforts to help find a cause and a cure of KLS.

  • Peanut butter jar of tea or glass of wine?

    Seems the push is on for alcohol sales on Sunday.

    A resident of Belair, which is in the suburbs of Indian Land, found no place to eat on Sunday. Musta been a recent arrival, apparently the straight-up-the-road drive to Pineville or Ballentine alluded her.

    Then there is the employee of a bistro, who thinks a little wine with a Sunday luncheon will bring in loads of income for her establishment.

  • Online commenter responds to letter writer

    I want to reply to Arlene C. Harris, whose letter to the editor, “Grandmother mad about comments,” in the July 16 edition of The Lancaster News, referred to my online comments about her daughter.

    You said that I made “stupid” comments. That means I got your attention.

    I don’t know your daughter, but I was in a store when she approached me and started telling about a benefit to support her child, Jaylen Jackson, who was killed when she apparently got caught in the crossfire of a gunfight. I asked what happened and she told me.