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Today's Opinions

  • Blackmon family appreciates support

    I would like to thank the citizens of Lancaster County for ensuring Preston Blackmon’s legacy lives on through the Preston Blackmon Family Success and Career Center. Your efforts in making the center a success reciprocates the love that Preston had for each one of you.

    A special thanks to the Revs. George and Stella Williams, Deliverance Word of Faith Church family, Southside Adult Family Literacy Project and Southside Literacy Board for reflecting upon Preston’s life and naming the center in the honor.

  • Be skeptical of rush to pass health care reform bill

    The founding principle of our nation is that we are a free people – a nation that has a government, not the other way around, as President Ronald Reagan put it.

    To that end, our founders created the most amazing experiment ever in the course of human history, articulated by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Both of these documents established how we arrange our affairs in this nation so as to create maximum individual liberty in an ordered society: not anarchy, not tyranny, but the best balance between the two. In short, ordered liberty.

  • Darlings, Belles made us proud

    A pair of Lancaster youth softball teams earned berths to the 2009 World Series in Sumter.

    The teams, who qualified for the prestigious tournament, did so by winning state championships on the way to Sumter.

    When they made the trip to Sumter to launch their World Series drive, the girls’ goals were to bring home a coveted Series title.

    The teams – the Lancaster County Darlings and Southern Belles – fell short in their respective bids.

  • Spratt responds to calls about bill

    I understand the sentiment of those who are calling us to say that they do not want their medical care delivered from Washington. But I also understand that 50 percent of all health care in this country is either paid for or provided through the federal government. That includes Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Tricare Standard, Tricare for Life, Veterans Health Care, Military Health Care, Indian Health Care, the Public Health Service, and the Federal Employees Benefit Program.

  • County adult educators care about students

    I would like to let everyone in Lancaster County know that we do have some of the nicest and most wonderful folks in our town.

    The teachers of the adult education classes are so caring and they devote their time to help others. We are fortunate to have such devoted people.

    They always seem to have the time for each student there.

    They listen to you either about work or everyday life. They are not just there for the teaching. They go far beyond their ability to help each and every one.

  • It's time to get serious about health care reform

    Contrary to what State Sen. Mick Mulvaney’s article said last week, not every federal program has led to socialism or even socialized medicine.

    For more than 60 years, presidents in our country (starting with President Harry Truman) have tried to enact a federal health care plan that would cover everyone and not exclude anyone for a  pre-existing condition. Over those 60 years, Republicans in Congress and their supporting lobby interests have succeeded in killing all such plans.

  • Pet owners should be responsible

    Choices: We make them everyday. Most, we make without giving a thought to how these choices will affect our neighbors. Being a responsible pet owner, as well as a good neighbor, however, takes effort and thought. Case in point: Keeping your pet (dog) in your yard.

    Outdoor activities are enjoyed by numerous people in my neighborhood. On any given evening, you may see a couple jogging, a father and son bike riding or others walking their dogs.

  • Media doesn’t reveal true story about plane trips

    In my first race for Congress a local reporter in Myrtle Beach had taken a few words from an interview and used them in a different context to paint a picture that was far from what I believed. When I confronted him on taking my words out of context his simple reply was, “Life is out of context.”