Today's Opinions

  • '?A' shows I'm not reading Bible enough

    I’m really embarrassed about a mistake in the Wednesday edition of The Lancaster News and I’d like to apologize to our readers, advertisers and my co-workers for it.

    I’ve been so busy for the last month that I haven’t been reading the Bible very much. But, trust me, it is still relevant and reliable as it was 2,000 years ago.

    Here, I’ll prove it.

    Ecclesiastes 4:9 talks about how “two is better than one because they have a good return on their work.”

  • Parsons continues to proclaim his innocence

    Lancaster is a town divided. Seemingly it has always been this way: conservatives vs. liberals, Baptists vs. Presbyterians, traditionalists vs. progressives, “haves” vs. “have-nots.” Clearly, it’s not just our little corner of the world, but, sadly, it is true that derision is overwhelming our fair city right now.

    If you have been following the political news recently, you already know the current topic of derision.

  • Writer questions purpose of a grievance committee

    I’d like to make a few comments about the City Council’s decision to go against the grievance committee’s vote to reinstate officer Pat Parsons. Why does the city have a grievance committee if it disregards its findings?

    The grievance committee figured out from the facts that the verdict was excessive.

  • 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.