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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Area Red Cross celebrates National Volunteer Week

    National Volunteer Week (April 10-16), is a great time to celebrate volunteers in our community.
    This year’s theme, “Celebrating People in Action,” aptly describes the Upper Palmetto Chapter volunteers. Red Cross volunteers are doers. Red Cross volunteers are people in action.
    The Upper Palmetto Chapter serves York, Chester and Lancaster counties in South Carolina, with more than 500 active volunteers.

  • Column: Wear denim Wednesday to raise more awareness of sexual assault

    We are asking all employees of our local nonprofit organizations, civic governments and other employers to help us recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As part of that effort we are asking people to break the dress code and the silence on Wednesday, April 20, and wear denim to work.
    Denim Day is sponsored by Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault to enlist public support to dispel harmful attitudes about rape.

  • Mulvaney tries to explain how Washington spends our money

    What is Washington doing with our money? This is one of the most basic – and important – questions that folks have asked me since I have been in Congress. It’s also one of the most difficult to answer.
    Of course, we always hear a lot of quick answers: “They’re wasting it!” or “They’re throwing it away on earmarks!” or “They’re giving it away to other countries.” And to a certain extent, every one of those statements is true.  

  • Take part in honoring veterans

    For National County Government Month, the Lancaster County Veterans Affairs Office has adopted a theme of “Serving Our Veterans, Armed Forces and Their Families.”
    In doing so, there has been a host of activities to honor veterans.

  • William Steele served his country and community

    Veterans Remembered is the third in a series written in support of the Veterans Monument being built for all veterans of Lancaster County in hopes it will stimulate readers to remember those veterans who  touched their lives and provide support for the Veterans Monument.

  • Don’t forget to vote in election on Tuesday

    Next week’s special election will decide who will finish Mick Mulvaney’s term in the S.C. Senate District 16 seat.
    And it looks like it’s already drawing attention. About 303 Lancaster County voters have already cast absentee ballots for one of the three men running for the seat, which covers most of Lancaster County, Fort Mill and other parts of eastern York County.
    Senate District 16 voters will see these candidates on their ballots on Tuesday:
    u Republican Greg Gregory of Lancaster
    u Democrat Keith Brann of Fort Mill

  • Study shows savings with S.C. education tax credits

    I recently had the privilege of giving testimony in Columbia on the merits of an education tax credit bill being considered by state lawmakers.
    I was honored to join parents, local educators and education officials from other states to discuss education tax credit policies across the country and what makes for successful choice reform.

  • Writer fasting to bring attention to budget cuts

    In protest of the outrageous budget being debated in Washington, I recently joined with more than 22,000 other Americans and prominent faith leaders in fasting. I am choosing to miss a meal each day.
    If this budget passes, some poor children in the United States will have no choice.
    As I write this, Sens. Lindsay Graham and Jim DeMint are seriously debating forcing veterans into homelessness and cutting food aid to pregnant women and children, while giving tax breaks to billionaires.