Today's Opinions

  • Firefighting class at high schools a good idea

    How do you get young people trained to fight fires? Well, it’s not easy.

    It requires 300 hours of training to be certified by the state as a firefighter.

    And that naturally takes time – time that not too many people can commit to a job that, in most cases, is a volunteer job.

    Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell has an innovative idea about how to get more young people interested in the fire service. He wants the schools to develop a two-year, four-hour elective class for the county’s high schools.

  • Telephone directories add to IL vs. FM confusion

    Talking about the census and the 29707 ZIP code, it doesn’t help much when businesses like our local telephone company still list residents of Indian Land in the Fort Mill, York County, directory. We have complained for three years and haven’t gotten anywhere.

  • Budget must force S.C. to live within its means

    The S.C. House of Representatives is now debating the 2010-11 budget.

    Debating and prioritizing the wisest use of your tax dollars is the single biggest responsibility you place on us as legislators.

    As a conservative, I start any budget with the premise that we are not spending the government’s money, we are spending your money.

  • Conservatives frequently make liberal a bad word

    On the morning of Feb. 11, 1, Henry Remache and I were driving to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. It was about 7:30 a.m. We were in the right lane near Doug Crenshaw’s Energy Center.

    A young lady blew past us. I noticed a sticker in her rear window that said, “You can’t fix stupid.”

    Henry speaks English as a second language. I showed him the sticker and we laughed.

  • Writer questions state and county priorities

    I read that South Carolina legislators are considering giving the PGA a $10 million dollar loan to hold a golf tournament at Hilton Head.

    The budget, at the same time, would eliminate all department of disabilities and special needs programs except for people who live in institutional settings.

    Does the word  “priority” come to your mind?

    At the same time, I read that a community in your York County known known as Blackmon Road lives mostly without water, sewer or electricity. They have lived that way for at least 20 years.

  • Congress has no respect for Constitution

    Using arm-twisting, threats and bribes, the administration and its leaders in the Congress have passed legislation that will spell the end of our republic. The progressive movement has won. By promising everything to the masses, our government has finalized complete control of our future. No more respect for the Constitution. No more states rights. The insertion of the government and its bureaucrats between each of us and our doctors will be the norm for everything to come.

  • Welcome vernal equinox (spring)

    It’s hard to believe, but there are signs. The yellow daffodil defying the snow. The sound of the bat making contact with a baseball from area ballfields. The engines roaring from Lancaster Motor Speedway. The annual festivals. The little buds about to burst on the flowering trees.

  • Health-care bill passes against will of people

    On March 21, the Democratic controlled Congress passed President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional health-care bill against the will of the majority of Americans. Before the vote, opinion polls were showing between 55-65 percent of citizens were against the bill.

    I guess we are learning elections do have consequences. Never has Congress passed such a sweeping piece of legislation affecting every American with the support of only one party and against the will of a majority of its citizens.