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Today's Opinions

  • Duke’s rate increase is an example of greed

    Recently, Duke Energy requested a rate hike increase ranging from 15 to 20 percent.
    The sole responsibility for granting a rate hike increase rests in the hands of our S.C. Public Service Commission.
    Members of the commission are appointed by your elected representative in Columbia.
    Duke’s increase will not only increase your electric bill at home, it will also increase the cost of your food, clothing or anything bought by you, the consumer, even the amount of sales tax paid on goods.

  • Cain’s 9-9-9 plan is immoral for seniors

    Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan will not work for many of us as members of the senior community. Specifically, some of us, for different explanations, are left to live on a fixed income.
    Many seniors are already forced to continue working to pay bills and make ends meet.
    Many disabled seniors are unable to work at all.

  • Creating jobs top priority

    If you travel early mornings on White Street during the work week, you can see them. Dawn has barely faded and they’re already lined up, waiting for the doors to open to the S.C. Employment Security Commission.

  • Did wrong date indicate need for a panic attack?

    On the morning of Oct. 2, 2011, I sat down with a cup of coffee and my copy of The Lancaster News.
    I turned to the Faces and Places section and glanced at the date on page 1B. The date said Sunday, October 11, 2011. I began my panic attack. What happened to Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011? What happened to last week? Where am I? Should I not know where I am?

  • Naming SCDOT building for Williams fitting tribute

    As the S.C. 9 traffic whizzed by, I was thinking maybe Mr. Williams did too good of a job as resident maintenance engineer for Lancaster County.
    Mr. Williams, as I knew him, is the late Steve Clyburn Williams Jr., who worked 40 years with the S.C. Department of Transportation to make sure county roads were in good shape.
    The way the nearby traffic rumbled by the Lancaster headquarters of the SCDOT, it was a challenge to hear.

  • Payne needs facts before spouting his hogwash

    Paging Ryan Payne. Earth to Ryan Payne. Please come in Ryan Payne, who wrote the guest column, “Neal, Legislature got it wrong with Amazon,” in the Sept. 25 edition of The Lancaster News.
    Did you hear that Continental Tire is opening a new plant in Sumter? Yeah, Sumter. They’re going to bring 1,700 jobs and this opening has been praised by the local Tea Party hero, Mick Mulvaney.

  • Two fires to be set at Fire Expo Saturday at Walmart

    “Sometimes people just need to see it to believe it,” said Les Woods, president of the S.C. Fire and Life Safety Education Association (SC FALSE).
    That’s why SC FALSE will intentionally light two fires in front of a live audience at noon Saturday at Walmart, 805 S.C. 9 Bypass West, during the 17th annual Fire Safety Expo.

  • What happened to the county fair this year?

    Someone somewhere owes the people of Lancaster County a very big apology. I only hope that person is man (or woman) enough to own this huge mistake, step forward and offer some type of explanation as to where the county fair went this year.