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Today's Opinions

  • America headed for bankruptcy

    The U.S. Congress has failed to pass a budget for the past two years. You can use your own imagination to figure out why.
    Even without a printed budget we can document the income and spending by our federal government.
    The amounts are usually expressed in the trillions of dollars. Most of us cannot visualize or comprehend what those amounts actually mean. So here is a breakdown of federal spending in simple terms.
    Let’s put the 2011 federal spending into perspective:
    u Federal income: $2,170,000,000,000

  • Humane Society of Lancaster grateful for community support

    Last month the Humane Society of Lancaster SC spent about $1,100 buying eight tons of dog food so we could help feed the needy pets of our county.
    Pets that might otherwise end up in the county animal shelter because their owners are having a very hard time financially and cannot feed them.
    One of our main goals is to help as many pets as we can in whatever way is needed and by providing them with food.

  • America is a better place because of men like Murray

    As Americans, we’re blessed to live in the greatest nation in the world. But all too often we tend to take for granted the heroes among us who fought and sacrificed to protect us, our ideals, and our freedom.
    Col. Charles P. Murray Jr. was one such hero. In fact, he showed us the true meaning of the word “hero.”
    We lost a great South Carolinian on Aug. 12, when Col. Murray passed away. I was fortunate to have known Chuck as a friend for many years.

  • Obama, Congress needs tough-love approach

    With a couple of trillion dollars of income each year to spend – and it does plus more – it is easy to forget that our GovCo does not create wealth by spending this money.
    For those who did not take economics, here is a fact, whatever the government spends it must first take from someone by some means.
    The brilliant economists Jay Carney, speaking for President Barack Obama, just the other day said that unemployment checks were  good for the country because they create wealth.

  • Proposal a win-win situation for county

    Local governments are considering an option to contract with Tax Management Associates to recoup tax dollars owed by residents who are improperly claiming tax credits and exemptions on property taxes.
    The city of Lancaster, town of Kershaw and Lancaster County Council recently heard a presentation about the program.
    Tax Management Associates conducts tax audits to catch residents improperly paying 4 percent taxes on homes listed as a primary residence; residents improperly claiming a homestead exemption; and businesses not paying their taxes properly.

  • Abused children need their advocates

    Latin meaning “guardian at law,” a guardian ad litem is a person appointed by a family court judge to advocate for a child in a court case.
    This term isn’t commonly used in the daily vocabulary of most people. Because of confidentiality laws, most residents don’t have any idea how many child abuse and neglect cases that fill the docket of Lancaster County Family Court.
    However, for one group of Lancaster volunteers, knowing these children is a way of life.

  • Shake, rattle and post

    It was just another Tuesday afternoon when the shaking started.
    For some, it was just a soft rumble they figured was a truck backing up or a low-flying airplane.
    For others, the shaking was so bad it knocked pictures off walls and made buildings sway.
    The tremors rippled as far south as Georgia and north to New England, and in some places people were so scared they evacuated buildings and ran into the streets.

  • Fletcher’s dedication garners third award

    The Lancaster County foster care unit has quite a tradition going. For the third consecutive year an employee of the county foster care unit has taken the state’s top honor as Caseworker of the Year.
    The latest honoree is Chaundra Fletcher, who was honored at the Independent Living Conference by the S.C. DSS and the University of South Carolina.
    A year ago, Kenya Papillion received the honor, while Tracy Rabon won the award in 2009.
    Fletcher, who has a caseload of 19 children, is regarded as an exceptional worker.