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Today's Opinions

  • Private schools are good for the public

    Public education and public schools are not one and the same. Public education is an educated public. It is a public commitment to education, the public support of education and the public benefits derived from education.
    Public schools were created to achieve those goals; some do, others don’t. But any school that successfully pursues those aims and equips young people with the social, economic and civic tools they need for success is serving a primarily public purpose.

  • Bigger reservoir a no-brainer

    Water is something we often take for granted. That’s easy to do because it appears we have plenty on our planet. The Earth is more than 70 percent water. But only about 1 to 3 percent of the Earth’s water is suitable for consumption.
    When we experience droughts like those of the past decade, we realize just how valuable water is to our lives. We’ve become accustomed to water restrictions as drought stages progress. No watering lawns, washing cars or buildings.

  • Mulvaney impressed with freshmen U.S. reps

    First off,  a belated Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  Personally, I’ve got a great deal to be thankful for this year – including having Carolina Gateway and The Lancaster News permit me to continue this update column.
    I thought I would take this first installment after the election to get you up to speed on what has been happening during the transition period (also called the “lame duck” session) in Washington, D.C.

  • Christmas activities at our school are protected rights

    At this time of year, educators, administrators, parents and students are concerned about celebrating Christmas at school.
    I read an article in Home Life Magazine that answers questions about specific Christmas activities.
    Can we include religious music in our school assemblies and programs?
    Yes, Christmas carols are still legal. In Lynch vs. Donnelly, 1984, the Supreme Court noted “Christmas hymns and carols in public schools” are one of the legitimate forms of taking official note of Christmas and our religious heritage.

  • Keep less fortunate in mind this holiday

    It may be trite to say it’s better to give than to receive. But is it? Doesn’t it make you feel good when you give something that makes a loved one happy? And doesn’t it make you feel good when you give something that helps somebody else, especially somebody who is less fortunate than you are?
    Thanksgiving is a holiday when we traditionally gather with family and friends for a big feast. It’s a time when we Americans give thanks for what we have – our health, our family, the roof overheads, the job that pays the bills, etc.

  • True spirit showed in waiting line

    Billy Dale and I went to our first-ever Black Friday shopping spree this year. When we  walked into Walmart at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, it looked like hundreds of people in line. I thought there was no way we were going to get that 32-inch television for $198.
    I asked several people in line if they were there to buy the television. Many of them said they were not. Then I thought maybe we will have a chance if we could find the line for the televisions.

  • A Christmas gift that money can't buy

    Last week was one hectic week. Our church, Charlesboro Baptist, was preparing a meal to feed 200 prisoners.
    While I was cooking the beans for the meal, the phone started ringing.
    Jeremy Taylor was going in and out of the kitchen because he was changing out our water lines. The water was turned off while he was working on the lines. The stove was in the middle of the floor.
    The phone continued to ring. Ronnie, who was helping me, said will you please answer phone. I did.
    “Please say yes,” the man said.

  • Theft of truck tailgate impacts Christmas

    Just a few minutes after 5 a.m. on Nov. 24, two men in a van pulled into my well-lighted driveway.
    My caged dog woke me with his fierce barking. I checked to see what had him upset and you two were leaving my driveway with the tailgate from my white Chevrolet Silverado truck. It only took four minutes for you to steal the tailgate.
    During this time frame, you drove slowly past my house, turned around in the convenience store parking lot and came back to my house to complete your task. Obviously you had a plan.