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Today's Opinions

  • Writer: Use hospitality tax for supply fund raiser

    The Hospitality Tax is something the City Council has kept secret for years. But now the secret has become uncovered since more than one minority is serving on council. There have been more requests for funding since Linda Blackmon-Brace, Kenny Hood and Tamara Green were elected to City Council.

    But there is one council member, who has forgotten how he got where he is. Growing up, something other than his family’s income paid for his basic needs.

  • Get facts straight before making hasty decisions

    The protests at the town hall meetings have hit a nerve. Our duly elected officials were merely trying to inform the public of the health care bill, but hecklers made it impossible to get the story straight.

    They want to blame their misfortune on the politicians, when this bill is designed to help the American people. The opposition’s careless attitude gets in the way of making it easier for people without insurance to get it, either subsidized or gratis.

  • Tonight's Classic a win-win situation

    Lancaster County football fans are in for a gridiron bonanza tonight.

    The sixth annual Founders Federal Credit Union Kickoff Classic offers county high school football fans the only chance to see all four teams at one site this season.

    In addition to Founders, The Lancaster News, Carolina Gateway and Carolina Shopper serve as media sponsors for the game.

  • History does not have to repeat itself

    Do the nationalized health care systems of Western Europe and Canada provide better health care than what we have in the United States? Well, not according to my research.

  • Read provisions in health care proposal

    According to the proposed HR 3200, which is the government healthcare law being considered by Congress, many provisions have been included which are not being explained to our citizens correctly.

    If passed, one such provision in the law is the life and death provisions involving our senior citizens. Physicians will have no choice in this provision except to comply with the law. Advance Care Planning Consultation is detailed in section 1233, pages 424-434.

  • Constitution dictates where to put courthouse

    Steve Willis, Lancaster County administrator, correctly stated in his Aug. 16 editorial that the Lancaster “County Council cannot ignore the state constitution and state law when determining where the courthouse must be located.”

    I would like to expand on that statement by adding some additional information – a bit of South Carolina history.

    The state law he refers to is embedded in the state constitution of 1790. At that time, the state capital was Charleston.

  • Writer clarifies previous letter

    I want clarify my Aug. 12 letter, “Writer: Use hospitality tax for supply fund raiser.” Some people misunderstood my letter and deemed me “racist” in the readers comments section of  my letter posted on The Lancaster News Web site, www.thelancasternews.com. Others understood my ire.

    I cannot be racist because I was raised in a clear world, even more so than our president. I am neither color, yet at the same time both colors. I have an immigrant ancestry, with both English and African forefathers.

  • Belles All-Stars thank supporters

    We would like to thank all of the businesses and individuals that supported our trips to the Dixie Belles State tournament in Seneca in July and our World Series run in Sumter in August.

    Your contributions meant so much to us. We were very honored to be able to represent Lancaster County at the state level and then to be able to move on to represent South Carolina in the World Series was truly incredible. We tried very hard to make Lancaster proud of us both on and off the field.