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Today's Opinions

  • Steve Epps, a ‘true American hero’

    Two weeks ago, we lost a pillar of our community with the passing of Mr. Bill Kimbrell. On Jan. 31, we lost a true American hero with the passing of Mr. Steve Epps Sr.

    I doubt there are many folks in the Fort Mill area who did not know Mr. Kimbrell and the many positive things he has done for our town.

    However, since Mr. Epps lived most of his life in the Lancaster and Chester communities, I would like to share a little about another native son of Fort Mill.

  • Give money to people, let them stimulate the economy

    Dear President Obama,

    Regarding the stimulus package: Why not give every legal American $20,000 each? No one gets money directly in to the economy faster than the American people will – 350 million people times $20,000 = $700 billion. That is less than $800 billion. Considering that we are the ones who will have to pay for it, it sounds like a more reasonable solution and viable.

  • Our well being depends heavily on Obama

    Yes, I missed the inauguration. Well, I didn’t have any special pass, but from my vantage point sitting in front of a fairly large screen television in Maryland, just a few miles from our nation’s capitol, I had a real good ring side seat to most of the activities.

  • Writer offers Blackmon-Brace data on USCL

    City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace, I read with much interest and some amazement The Lancaster News article, “City backs USCL.”

    You said you wanted to review Gov. Mark Sanford’s research and reasoning before you could support the resolution. I believe that once you complete your research on this situation, you will find:

    1. That during a time when our economy is in the worst downturn in recent history, USCL is a major plus for Lancaster.

  • Repealing the blue laws hindrance to Christians

    On Feb. 2, Lancaster County Council voted to suspend the blue laws in Lancaster County. Unfortunately, there was not a lot of discussion given as to why they felt these laws should be suspended. I have not heard or seen any reports which show that repealing the blue laws would have a positive impact on our community.

    There may be an anecdote here or there but for the most part these are either very rare in their occurrence or very thin in their argument. Remember that we’re only speaking of a three-hour window on Sunday morning.

  • Is Linda Blackmon-Brace from here?

    I was in total disbelief when I read the front page article, “City backs USCL,” to learn that City Councilmember Linda Blackmon-Brace voted against Council’s resolution supporting USCL and requesting Gov. Sanford rescind his budget recommendation. How can she possibly justify her position?

    She said “because she wants information about Gov. Sanford’s research and his reasoning before signing the resolution.” Ms. Blackmon-Brace, do you ever read The Lancaster News, or just use it to draw attention to yourself?

  • Has Blackmon-Brace done her research?

    City Council showed its support of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster by passing a resolution that asked Gov. Mark Sanford to rescind his proposal to close the university.

    The vote was 6 to 1 with councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace the lone dissenter. Blackmon-Brace claims she wants more information.

  • County should repeal blue laws

    Lancaster County Council has wrangled over the blue laws before, and they’ve decided to take hold of this hot potato issue again.

    Last week, council voted 6-1 in favor of first reading of an ordinance that would repeal the blue laws that restrict sales on Sundays. The repeal would not change laws regulating alcohol sales on Sundays. The repeal would last for four years.

    It would deal only with the blue laws that keep certain businesses, such as department stores, closed until 1:30 p.m. on Sundays and restrict the sale of certain items until after 1:30 p.m.