Today's Opinions

  • Don't let naysayers mislead about health care

    Now that the Health Care Bill has become law, it is important to note what it will mean for residents in the 5th Congressional District.

    - It will improve coverage for 412,000 residents that already have health insurance.

    - It will extend coverage to 75,000 uninsured residents.

    - It will give tax credits and assistance to 195,000 families.

    - It will allow tax credits to 12,300 small businesses to help them afford health coverage for all their employees.

    - It will develop a program to help early retirees afford coverage.

  • Writer: McCoy is the change we need and believe in

    I am concerned how our state spends money. We live in a state where the unemployment rate is expected to reach a record high of 13 percent this year.

    Yet members of the S.C. Legislature seem to think that a PGA golf tournament is more important than trying to prevent teachers from losing jobs.

    In many school districts across the state, budgets are so tight that these districts are cutting out substitutes. And unfortunately, many teachers are losing their jobs as well.

  • Writer: Spratt consistently votes his party lines

    Bobby Collins’ March 19 column, “Conservatives frequently make liberal a bad word,” was thought-provoking.

    I have known the Collins family since I moved here in 1965 to set up my medical practice. I took care of his father for years, and I considered him to be one of the finest, most humble and unassuming men I had ever known. Bobby Collins and his mother are my friends. We like each other very much. He and I just see politics differently. I consider myself a conservative. If Bobby is a liberal, I certainly would never know it.

  • Now is the time for change, not tomorrow

    I read a recent story where two imprisoned black men were cleared of the crime for which they were charged. Blacks and minorities face these same issues even today – being charged with a crime they did not commit. But what happens to these men when they are found not guilty? Thank God for DNA.

    If they had a job before they were arrested, do they get their jobs back? I realize they can sue but is it fair to them when their jobs are jeopardized, especially when it is not their fault? Do they get compensation from former employers or any kind of job back?

  • Pat Parsons deserves our support

    When the City Council voted unanimously on March 30 not to give Pat Parsons his job back they dumped a can of ugly worms that will multiply and spread into every area of Lancaster.

    The lack of support and consideration given this officer during a most stressful time in his life by Police Chief Hugh White and City Council may lead other officers and city employees to fear they have no job security.

  • We need leaders who support our Constitution

    People who believe that government-run health care is a right truly embrace a fundamental principle of Marxism.

    The Marxist system is described by Marx and Engels in their Communist Manifesto, where they describe a perfect society in which everyone shares equally in work, good health and wealth, all coordinated by a hierarchy of representatives chosen from the workers.

    If something is a natural right then mere men do not need to control it. The Democratic Party believes its leaders to be that very hierarchy needed to control society.

  • Take time to enjoy Easter

    Easter, one of the holiest days on the Christian calendar, is today.

    The religious holiday, according to the Bible, commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The day follows such notable days as Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, the day of Christ’s crucifixion and two days before he rose again on what is now celebrated as Easter.

    Throughout our county, state and nation, events leading up to Easter, or, as some say, Easter Sunday, are a part of Holy Week.

    Easter, unlike Christmas, doesn’t always fall on the same day.

  • Condition of road in Taxahaw area dangerous

    Several weeks ago another reader wrote a letter about road repairs.

    Being retired from the road construction business after 50 years, I am also concerned with the conditions of many roads in Lancaster County.

    Some of these roads are downright dangerous and contribute to many accidents that could be prevented. Taxahaw Road from S.C. 522/Rocky River Road south to U.S. 601 is marred with potholes and repair over repair.