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Today's Opinions

  • We need to thank Mississippi voters

    Too often in South Carolina we find our state ranked near the bottom of  some list of the 50 states’ social and economic indexes. The response is often “thank God for Mississippi,” in that somehow we are consoled that at least one state is below us in the rankings.

  • Writer will vote against alcohol sales on Sundays

    When our country was young, the British and the Europeans kept coming, pushing to the west.
    On Sunday, they rested from work and gathered at church. They remembered the Sabbath Day.
    In Charlotte, the owners of Ivey’s Store pulled the shades down and you couldn’t window shop on Sundays.
    It’s a shame restaurant owners think they can’t make it without alcohol sales.
    I don’t think alcohol should be the drawing card for the restaurants.

  • More foster homes needed for pets

    It is a heart-warming ending for the emaciated German shepherd that was cruelly pulled behind a vehicle. The Lancaster Humane Society embraced this boy and got him medical treatment and into a loving foster home. He will be treated for heartworms when he is strong enough.
    The outpouring of concern from folks shows how many animal lovers there are in Lancaster County. But the real picture is not so bright.

  • Holiday wishes from your S.C. House representative

    Tis the season and I will soon return to Columbia for my fourth year as your S.C. House District 45 representative. I want to humbly thank you for the honor of serving you and let you know how much your trust and confidence means to me each and every day.
    Here’s some good news: South Carolina is ending the year on a brighter economic note than it began. Indicators in the past few months have rendered several encouraging economic forecasts for South Carolina.
    S.C. economy recovering

  • Lancaster blessed to have Plyler as a friend

    With the recent passing of longtime Lancaster County public servant Fred Plyler, former Lancaster County school superintendent John Wall said he lost a “good friend.”
    The same could be said of Lancaster County, which was a better place because Plyler did plenty of good work here.
    He set a high standard as a magistrate, county road commissioner, an original Lancaster County Council member, a former president and board member of the Lancaster County Farm Bureau and a founding member of the Buford Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Keep Christ in Christmas

    Christmas is a special time to be with family and remind them how much we love them.
    A time to be thankful for our blessings. A time to set aside differences and show good will toward men.
    A time to remember the plight of those less fortunate, and extend a helping hand to those who might be struggling – even if it means simply reaching into our pockets and pulling out a couple of dollars to drop in the Salvation Army’s famous red kettles perched outside grocery and department stores.

  • Understand the true meaning of Christmas

     I believe the lyrics from John Lennon, “So this is Christmas,” is an appropriate way to start this letter. It is Christmas all over the world. As I acknowledge this, I cannot help but wonder which country and who are the people who keep and honor Christmas in the most fitting way. Is it the United States? Is it the fact that we have 9 percent unemployment; due in part to the fact that so, so many of our Christmas gifts come from other countries?

  • What would world be without Jesus?

    The meaning of Christmas is Christ. What would this world have been without that precious baby who was born in a manger? He parted the waters, made water into wine, the blind to see, the cripple to walk and fed multitudes.
    Most of all he died for you and me. His name is Jesus – the greatest gift of all.

    Carl Miles
    Lancaster