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Today's Opinions

  • Maybe the smart folks have died off

    Are you worried? Don’t get upset, things will improve. Who says so? The government, of course. Robin Hood and his merry men (they have a job) are in charge. Sounds good, depending on whether you have green bills or white bills.

    Before I retired I had enough of those green bills to take care of those white bills plus some left over for a meal out, a beach trip or a new car every few years. Life was better than I realized and I yearned for more.

  • Support for arts benefits community

    Hanging on a wall in the back of Picture Perfect is a self portrait of the late artist Bea Sisson wearing an evening gown. Time has taken its toll on the large oil painting done in the 1950s. But the beauty and talent are evident even through the curling oil flakes.

    Sisson was a Lancaster resident who inspired many local artists with her talent and creativity.

    We thought of Sisson the other day when two Lancaster residents were awarded state honors for their work with the arts.

  • Council doesn't care about small business

    I am a business owner in the town of Kershaw and would like to voice my opinion on this vote of the blue law. First of all, it’s not forever. It’s only four weekends. Christmas is the heart of retail shopping season and a lot of business owners depend on this part of the season to bring up already soft sales (myself included).

    To have the pastors of these churches say people shouldn’t shop, but go to church, is unfair. Their stake is as big as the business owners. They are afraid to lose money. Remember, less people in church, less money in the plate.

  • Americans should be working together for a change

    Under the guise of stating facts about our new president, Rob Emory in his Nov. 7 column, “Let’s hope America hasn’t been fooled,” lists no facts about our new president.

    Rather he re-circulates the myths and distortions that surfaced in the effort to smear our new president during a negative campaign that reached a historic low.

  • Warrior logo should not be put on tower

    Some people in Indian Land are circulating a petition that asks the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District to put Warriors, the Indian Land schools’ mascot on a new water tower between Indian Land Middle and Elementary schools. While we appreciate that some Indian Land residents are taking pride in their local schools and want to promote them, we don’t think this is a good idea.

  • Parent confused about spanking rights for children

    I am a mother of two elementary school students. I was just informed that spanking is allowed in school and parents don’t have to be notified. I find that odd. Department of Social Services will tell you that you cannot spank your children with an object and you can never leave a mark or it is considered child abuse.

    A paddle at school will assuredly leave a mark, and it is an object. I do not understand what gives the school the right to strike my child, yet I don’t have that right for myself.

  • Junior Ranger program promotes nature

    A way to get outside and take in some of nature’s beauty is one reason behind the Junior Ranger program featured at Andrew Jackson State Park.

    AJ State Park is located north of Lancaster off U.S. 521.

    “Children are not getting in nature like in generations past,” said Laura Ledford, the AJ State Park interpretive ranger. “Parents and communities need to find ways to get kids outside.”

    AJ State Park is one of 16 statewide sites chosen to host the program that seeks to involve children exploring nature.

  • Government sold our country out years ago

    I am curious where column writer Rob Emory, “Let’s hope America hasn’t been fooled” in the Nov. 7 edition of TheLancaster News, has been for the past 40 years.

    Fooled? “Forbes” magazine labeled Lancaster as the most vulnerable town in the nation. And you are wondering if we have been fooled by electing a black president.

    Our good old boy white presidents and their cabinets took care of ruining America a long time ago. We were sold out for money and oil to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. Is that socialism or communism?