Today's Opinions

  • S.C. voters biggest losers in filing fiasco

    By now, you probably know about the glitch we experienced in our election process here in the Palmetto State. About 180 potential candidates across our state were not allowed on the June 12 ballot due to filing inappropriately.
    A little history here: Since 1992, there has been a requirement to file a hard (paper) copy of the Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) at the same time as filing the Intention of Candidacy and paying the filing fee.

  • May is Older Americans Month in South Carolina

    As your new lieutenant governor, I am our state’s chief advocate for one of the fastest- growing senior populations in the nation.
    South Carolina’s senior population has seen a 319 percent increase in the last 40 years, and the population 60 years and over is projected to increase by nearly 160 percent by the year 2030, with more than 1.3 million Baby Boomers set to retire in South Carolina.

  • Express your concerns to legislators

    Members of the
    U.S. House of Representatives have been working in Washington for 41 of the first 127 days of this year. They are planning to be in session half of the remaining weeks. How long would you keep your job if you worked like that? Even when they show up, they fail to address the biggest problems facing the country. It would take a 50 percent tax increase to balance the so-called budget, yet they are avoiding the problem while the debt grows by $1.2 billion per year.

  • Government wish lists grows as income remains flat

    A recent front page of The Lancaster News says it all. There was a story about the unemployment at a very high 11.1 percent and a story about Lancaster County Council looking for more cash on the same page. This is only our second year in Lancaster. Is every year going to be nothing but more demands for cash for government wish lists while our income remains flat?
    Poor attendance at budget meetings is no doubt the result of public input being ignored previously.

    Nicholas Pasquine

  • Take time to honor our freedom fighters

    Monday May 28, 2012, is Memorial Day. It’s a day we Americans set aside to remember those valiant Americans who laid their lives on the line to protect the wonderful freedoms we now enjoy in this great Republic.
    If you have a world map, or even better, a world globe, I invite you to pick it up and stab a point anywhere on it with one finger. Chances are you put that finger very close to a place where an American was killed, injured or perhaps buried while defending America’s freedom.

  • Thank those who served; honor those who sacrificed

    Each year we celebrate a holiday known as Memorial Day. It is the day, when we, as Americans, pay tribute to the many men and women who paid the ultimate price for the freedom we so often take for granted.
    In Washington, D.C., there are walls of marble and granite that hold hundreds of chiseled names as a reminder of the men and women who paid freedom’s price with their lives. They did it willingly, without forethought or hesitation, so our children and their children’s children may continue to live in a free society as a free people.

  • Don’t throw stones if you live in glass houses

    In a desperate attempt to find something disparaging about Mitt Romney’s personal life, the Democrats had to go all the way back to his high school days – almost 50 years ago. What they came up with was a highly questionable allegation about a hazing incident in which Romney was supposed to have cut the bleached, blonde hair of a gay high school classmate.

  • Logan helped save local soldier’s life

    “Short days ago; We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow; Loved and were loved, and now we lie…in fields and oceans all about the world.” (With credit and respect to the late Lt. Col John McCrae)
    Flags carefully placed along streets, freshly polished monuments and markers, neatly mown grass where the fallen now silently lie – the almost antiseptic appearance belies the horrors that brought those who sacrificed their most precious gift to their final resting place.