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Today's Opinions

  • They're dedicated to community

    Almost like clockwork, the precision of quick response to a fire call, you could count on members of the Shiloh-Zion Volunteer Fire Department to be in our neighborhood. They were selling tickets for their annual barbecue chicken fundraiser, which they hold the first Saturday in February. They’ve been doing so for 35 years.

    Prior to writing a feature in our “Always on Call” series, that was the most I knew of the volunteer fire department, which serves our Arrowood neighborhood and others in north Lancaster County.

  • Voters need to know position of their candidates

    As we approach Election Day, it is becoming increasingly more important that the voting public develops a better understanding of the records and positions of those candidates seeking office.  Furthermore, I believe that we should also make ourselves aware of the kinds of special interests that these candidates are likely to support should they be elected.  The payday lending industry has preyed upon low income families in this state for decades with their astronomical interest rates and unethical practices.  

  • Heath-care bill contains many surprises

    Did you know that if you sell your house after 2012, you will pay a 3.8 percent sales tax on it? That’s $3,800 on a $100,000 home, etc.

    When did this happen? It’s in the health-care bill. Just thought you should know. That sales tax goes into effect in 2013. So, this is change you can believe in?

  • Scouts put training into action

    Ryan Phillips and Luke Pittman, Life Scouts in Boy Scout Troop 74 of Kershaw, are in line to receive their coveted Eagle Scout badges, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America.

    When the badges are presented to them in the near future, it will be a red-letter day for the two Andrew Jackson High School juniors who are members of Kershaw’s First Baptist Church.

    Given the Scouts’ latest honors, it would be safe to say the Eagle badges would be quite an encore.

  • Mulvaney has pledged to fight for all Americans

    “A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user,” said Theodore Roosevelt in 1913. It is as true today, as it was a century ago.

    Americans know they have been herded – at stampede speed – down a steep, treacherous and unfamiliar path by Democrats such as Congressman John Spratt to “fundamentally transform America.”  But transform America into what, exactly?

  • Spratt has country's interest at heart

    Jack Simpson’s guest column in the Oct. 1 edition of The Lancaster News attacking John Spratt is a model of wild assertions and misguided perceptions.

    He claims Spratt voted for “federal control over almost every facet of our lives.” What bill was that in?

    The failed incomprehensible bailouts he mentioned must be the complex federal support that stopped the collapse of our free market financial system, most of the funds for which have been paid back at a profit to the taxpayer.

  • Spratt has lost sight of people's needs

    Joblessness continues to rise in South Carolina while U.S. Rep. John Spratt votes 98.2 percent with the Washington cartel: Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and President Barack Obama.

    From July to August, joblessness rose from a terrible 10.7 percent to a horrific 11 percent. Unemployment was 4.6 percent when Mr. Spratt and his party took control of Congress in January 2007.  The Dow was 12,621.

    Last month, the private sector, which pays the taxes that Mr. Spratt loves to spend, just lost another 2,200 jobs in South Carolina.

  • L&C's roots run deep in our area

    Its cargo has run the gamut – from cotton, coal and soybeans to anxious children visiting Santa Claus and adults attending presidential inauguration balls.

    It houses a museum. It has a colorful past and has been a presence in Lancaster County for a long time – 114 years. And it’s belonged to one family for that entire period.

    But that changed on Aug. 31 when the Springs Co. announced that it was selling the L&C Railway to Gulf & Ohio Railways Inc., which is based in Knoxville, Tenn.

    The sale is expected to be finalized in November.