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Today's Opinions

  • Let's retire our congressman

    There were three articles published on the opinion page on Sept. 22 that deserve responses.

    Letter writer Christine Taylor is right about agreeing to disagree, but talking or writing something negative is not wrong if based on facts.

    Letter writer Philip Wright’s remarks are evidently from a man who has not, and cannot accept facts from a conservative.

  • Spratt has turned ads over to Washington experts

    Someone asked me several months ago would John Spratt get ugly in the Congressional campaign. I assured him that the John Spratt I knew was too much a gentleman and too principled to stoop to smear campaigns.

    After seeing his ad, aired in the Charlotte media market, attacking Mick Mulvaney on Lancaster County’s Edenmoor Development, I need to apologize to that man and correct the misinformation I’d left.

    The ad, while totally unjustified, is brutal. The scenes are every subdivision homeowner’s worst nightmare.

  • Writer finds Schmidt's letter to editor offensive

    I found Rudy Schmidt’s Sept. 12 letter to the editor, “Know difference between right and wrong,” offensive and full of redneck rhetoric. He starts off by saying that’s it not about right or wrong, left or right, Democrat or Republican, then proceeds to denounce anyone who doesn’t buy into the bull being shoveled by the Republicans.

    He is basically calling me a godless heathen because I’m not from Planet Rudy. Let’s take a look at the statements he made about some people in America believing in the following:

  • We have been your newspaper for 158 years

    You may be reading this editorial as a printed product held in your hand, sprawled across the kitchen table while drinking your morning coffee or while scrolling down your computer screen or smart phone.

    Today you have numerous methods of getting the news. And the dissemination of news has changed dramatically since the early years of smoke signals.

    National Newspaper Week begins today and it’s a good time to take a look at what your community newspaper means to you.

  • Time for Spratt reality check

    We need to take a reality check of the John Spratt Washington legacy. John Spratt voted for:

    - Federal control over almost every facet of our lives with a full assault on our core values

    - Failed incomprehensible bailouts

    - Health care debacle which Spratt admitted he did not even read

    - Cash for clunkers

    - Wasteful, expensive and non-productive stimulus programs that have failed

    - Cap and trade legislation

    - Financial regulation

    - Consumer protection

  • Newspapers still vital to our communities

    It’s National Newspaper Week, and it is a good time to put things in perspective.

    In a head-to-head test of public notice results, a newspaper recently won by a 7-to-1 margin over the Internet.

    People still read newspapers and are far more likely to see newspaper notices than those placed online.

    The test was done in Darlington County in July by Sheriff Wayne Byrd and his local paper.

  • We must divide power to contain government

    The most important lesson to be learned from the last 20 years of American government is this: absolute power grows government absolutely.

  • John Spratt is no friend of ours

    It is unfortunate to think of John Spratt as a “friend” of our district. Friends do not let government spending spiral beyond imaginable numbers.

    Friends do not support ineffective legislation or inefficient government and then expect you, their “friend,” to pay for it all. Neither do friends support legislation that has the long term effect of eroding the support and structure that has permitted this country to prosper through private business and individual freedoms.