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Today's Opinions

  • Hero gets his due, finally

    After about six hours of intense enemy fire on a Cambodian hillside, former U.S. Army Capt. John P. “Jack” Monahan knew his platoon could not hold its position. There was little food, water and ammunition left.

    They would have to withdraw. They adjusted artillery barrages to cover their movement. The wounded Monahan led the survivors to safety several hundred yards down a hill while carrying a wounded soldier on his hip with one hand and firing an M-16 with the other.

    They came to rest behind some huge tree stumps. That was May 19, 1970.

  • Grandmother mad about comments

    This letter is to address the online commenter “blond but not dumb.” You know who you are, you went online June 9 and made some very stupid comments about my daughter on our letter, “Jaylen’s family grateful for support.”

    Your comments were:  “I very much got the impression that the mother was taking up for her boyfriend. How could a mother live with herself knowing that she allowed the child to be around that kind of environment. The little girl was so beautiful and she shouldn’t gone through that situation.”

  • 'Previous letter writers ignorant of history'

    I find two recent letters to the editor to be stunning examples of ignorance of history and just plain myth.

    Rudy Schmidt consistently distorts history and wears the distortion like a badge of honor – to quote someone who I’m sure is one of his heroes – “There you go again.”

    Franklin Whittlesey Sr. is full of historic inaccuracy that I hardly know where to begin.

    1. Where does one find the “fact” to prove Obama has “contempt” for the U.S. or its Constitution?

  • City Council ignorant on knowledge of economics

    “This is not the time to save – it’s the time to spend. We’ve got to spend to help our economy.” This was a quote from city councilwoman Sara Eddins. These words were spoken in context to the 2 percent raise and the $20,752 to cover the 12.7 percent increase in health insurance coverage for city employees.

  • Former tire workers seeking their benefits

    We are here to mark four years since Continental Tire ceased manufacturing operations and sent hundreds of area jobs to Brazil and Mexico.

    We believe that in July of 2006 when Continental Tire suspended production in Charlotte that there were determining factors that entitled Continental’s Charlotte employees certain benefits coinciding with the production suspension.

    We believe those benefits should have been provided just like benefits were provided to Continentals employees at their Mayfield Kentucky plant in 2005 under similar circumstances.

  • Expansion of Red Ventures a positive sign

    No, everything isn’t coming up roses as far as the United States’ and local economy is concerned. The economy is still just puttering along, and signs still point to a slow recovery from the Great Recession.

    The U.S. jobless rate hovers close to 10 percent, and here in Lancaster County, it’s about 15 percent. Unfortunately, we ranked among the top 10 counties for unemployment in South Carolina.

    When you consider facts such as these, it’s easy to get discouraged.

  • A historic race for governor

    History was made when South Carolinians chose their two major candidates for governor this month. Nikki Haley is the first woman from the Palmetto State to win a major political party’s nomination for governor.

    She clinched the Republican gubernatorial nomination in convincing fashion. She nearly locked up the nomination in the GOP primary on June 8, falling just shy of the 50 percent plus one vote needed to capture the nomination. She then easily defeated U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett of Westminster in the June 22 runoff.

  • The future of USCL depends on visionaries

    A recent donation by First Citizens bank is another example of local businesses and individuals’ commitment to our university.

    First Citizens pledged $100,000 toward building a new classroom building on the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus.

    The campaign to raise the $6.8 million needed to build the classroom building began last year. It may seem like an ambitious campaign given the state of our economy, but almost $3 million has been raised already.