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Today's Opinions

  • Mr. Leaphart always gave 100 percent

    I started Indian Land School in 1957 and finished in 1969. I was sad to hear of Mr. W.P. Leaphart passing.

    A lot of newcomers I’m sure don’t know, but this man was the best of the best in what he did and guided a lot of students as he was a great teacher.

    His knowledge was vast. He was a soft-spoken man who could point you to the correct way to do tasks. He was always helpful to the community as he ran the cannery in summer and taught adult classes in welding, small engines, etc.

  • Base political positions on facts

    Sam Slack’s letter, “Libertarianism will add to our nation’s problems,” was some leap of faith to ask readers to take in going from a textbook discussion of libertarianism to accusing two Republican candidates of actually endorsing, without any supporting facts, such proposals as these.

    We are all entitled to our own opinions, but when we state such opinions in public, we should ensure that readers know our background and motivation. I am the president of the Republican Club in Sun City.

  • Legislature should provide funding for mandates

    Seems the S.C. Legislature has been watching those “CSI” re-runs and has come up with an act that directs law enforcement agencies to store evidence relating to a number of different crimes. Another home run for the convicted criminal. It not only offers the chance for a new trial, but a complete review of the evidence relating to the crime, which is being stored under the most ideal of conditions.

  • Library staff to be commended

    I would like to thank Richard Band and the staff of our local library for another successful summer reading program. It started with the Literacy Fair, which was great fun for everyone. There were free balloons, games and tickets to spend on hot dogs, dri-nks, cotton candy and more.

    The front yard of the library was filled with lots of booths with information and free books to encourage reading. There were lots of goodies kids love.

    “Ms. Brenda” Parker and her puppeteers presented fun stories inside the library.

  • Mulvaney distorting Spratt's record

    It has been said that the first casualty of war is the truth. After reading an article in The Lancaster News entitled, “Mulvaney challenges Spratt on budget, taxes,” it seems truth is also a victim of Mr. Mulvaney’s attempt to unseat Mr. Spratt.

    Mr. Mulvaney claims that the House of Representatives will fail to pass a budget for the first time since 1974. That is simply not true.

    The last time the House failed to pass a budget was in 2006, when the Republicans were in the majority.

  • Dillon apologizes for blood drive cancellation

    I want to personally apologize for the cancellation of the BloodStock blood drive on July 22 at the Van Wyck Community Center. Due to technical difficulties, the blood drive was cancelled.

    The donors who had left phone numbers were contacted immediately to inform them of the situation. If you were not called, I apologize. Many people were contacted and were attempted to be contacted and I apologize if you fell through the cracks and were not contacted.

  • Gloom, despair and agony on us

    Our military can win anywhere in the world, when allowed. Yet, President Barack Obama repeatedly speaks to reducing our forces? Our troops are brave and strong, but how many rotations does he expect them to make? Will the sacrifice of laying down their lives ever end. He has said that it is his opinion the military should pay for their medical, be reduced in size and take pay cuts. “Troops understand the risk of injury when they volunteer to serve,” Obama said. How stupid is that? Get a leg blown off and pay for it to? No thanks.

  • South Carolina needs Spratt

    Who is the Republican running against U.S. Rep. John Spratt this fall?

    I can’t determine if the candidate is the new state senator from Lancaster County or someone from the national GOP.

    It seems like every quote from his campaign is not from the candidate, but from some hack in Washington.

    This begs the question, “Who needs a puppet from the Republican National Committee representing South Carolina’s 5th District?”

    The GOP has made a number of salacious, misleading and downright false statements about Congressman Spratt.