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Today's Opinions

  • Freedom allows us to be insane and say stupid things

    Inherent in the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech is the freedom to be inane – the freedom to say stupid nothings.

    Nothing illustrates this better than Sal Rao’s recent letter to the editor. The letter is full of vague accusations and pointed demagoguery – no source is ever given for any of his assertions. (i.e. the Congressional Record, newspapers, etc.)

    The letter contains nothing of substance – simply the usual rantings you hear from the neo-con talking heads.

  • Pleasant Hill needs your help

    The Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department that the fire commission wants to close is a group of several generations of men, who volunteer their time to help the community and neighboring fire stations. Together they are trying to make a difference in the Pleasant Hill community.

    This group of 12 work together to make decisions to better the community. Some decisions that have been recently made may not have been the best, but who is perfect? There is no such thing as perfect people.

  • Sanford is selfish and arrogant

    I’ve always said Gov. Mark Sanford is selfish and arrogant. His recent episodes confirm that. He never listens to anyone. He does what he wants to do. When he tried to close the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus, he refused to respond to all of us who tried to contact him.

    His Argentina affair is not the issue. The issue is he left South Carolina for almost a week with no way to contact him. How arrogant. What if we had a real emergency? Whose head would have rolled? He had no consideration for his family nor the folks of South Carolina.

  • Have pride in your homes; take care of your pets

    I really don’t understand a couple of things I have seen lately. One thing that really bugs me is people who don’t realize it’s a privilege to own your own home and not keep your yard looking like Maw and Paw Kettle, with car batteries and junk laying everywhere. There is no excuse for that type of lifestyle. The other issue is that there are some people who don’t deserve to have pets. Pets need to be fed and watered. Most of all they need attention. That really angers me. If you are not going to take care of your animals, give them to someone who will.

  • A new political party emerges in Lancaster

    As my late Aunt Bess would say, “Well, I never,” if she had read the comments from unmamed readers in reply to the TEA party letter on The Lancaster News Web site, www.thelancasternews.com.

    Looks like there is a new political party in Lancaster. I would call it the Mean-Spirited, who advocate throwing unfortunate folks – old folks and babies – out on the streets. This new party alludes to the jobs folks can get so they won’t remain on some form of assistance. Pray tell, where are those jobs?

  • Young man ruined our July 4th

    I have never written a letter to the editor in The Lancaster News, but I feel compelled to write this letter.

    My wife and I have heard a lot about the Charlesboro parade, but have never been until this year. We went to the parade and a cookout with some friends. The weather was beautiful for July 4. It was sunny and not too hot. The parade was just as wonderful as everyone said it would it be. There were firetrucks, floats, tractors and old cars, kids throwing candy, motorcycles and finally, horses.

  • Next S.C. governor must be a true leader

    It looks like we’re stuck with Mark Sanford as governor for another 18 months. Calls for him to resign peaked before Independence Day after he gave that babbling interview to the Associated Press in which he referred to his Argentine mistress as his “soul mate” and said he was working to “fall back in love” with his wife, Jenny.

    You probably recall that Sanford gave that interview the week after he explained to the national media why he’d been AWOL for nearly a week and he admitted to an extramarital affair.

  • Newspaper irresponsible to print photo

    I recently viewed your picture of the July 4 celebration in Heath Springs. As a physician, I was very concerned about one of the photos. It is nice to see a father enjoying time with his son, but to do tricks on a four-wheeler with absolutely no protection for either participant, especially a 5-year-old child, is totally negligent.