Today's Opinions

  • CORRECTION TO COLUMN: We cannot judge what goes on in another person’s mind

    Editor’s note: This correction ran in the Feb. 3 edition: Rosemary Whitlock said in her Jan. 31 column, “We cannot judge what goes on in another person’s mind,” that letter writer Myra McCants said anyone who commits suicide commits an unforgivable sin in the eyes of God.

    McCants actually said, “Those who take their lives in their own hands are only thinking about themselves, not the loved ones left behind to mourn their death.”

  • Mulvaney is accessible and active in community

    Sen. Mick Mulvaney makes himself accessible to his constituents more than any other elected official I have seen. Unlike our shielded Congressman John Spratt, whom you can call, write and e-mail over and over again and yet still only speak with his secretary.

    Sen. Mulvaney sponsors several youth recreation sports leagues in Lancaster and York counties. The senator is a founding member of a new church in Lancaster County.  

    The senator attends and participates in TEA Parties, where, at last count, I think 200 people showed up to protest wasteful spending.

  • Lindemann knows all about the taking end

    I find the news that Paul Lindemann wants to challenge State Rep. Deborah Long for the S.C. House District 45 seat amusing in light of recent legal troubles he has had.

    Mr. Lindemann has said that his experience as a York County councilman gives him a “better understanding of being on the receiving end versus the taking end.”

    I wonder which end he thinks he has the greater experience with.

  • We’re proud of Truesdale

    As we made the turn at the Heath Springs’ caution light that spring evening in 1981, the car lights shone on a familiar athletic figure.

    I soon broke the silence with a question to then Buford High School head football coach and athletic director Danny Sawyer, who was at the wheel.

    “You know who that is?” I pondered aloud to Sawyer, who I had accompanied to a conference meeting in Camden that night.

    “Do I? “I’ll never forget him,” Sawyer said.

  • It's time to confess to Mom

    The first Father’s Day after my dad died, I wrote a guest column for The Lancaster News that was quite good, if I do say so myself. People who did not even know my father cried. My mom was proud of it but has told me more than once she wants me to write one about her. She is not exactly shy.

    So Mom, this one’s for you:

  • Fireplace Systems gave true customer service

    As Lancaster froze early Saturday morning, a wave of panic came over me. Trees began snapping and I shivered at the thought of being without heat with the possible loss of power. Power was already off across town.

    My two grandchildren, who are with me, are my dearest concern. Terrified to drive, I began calling to see who might have a kerosene heater. The big chain stores just let me stay on hold, and hold and hold.

  • Have a safe visit to Forty Acre Rock

    The name aptly applies – Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve. The national natural landmark, located 15 miles southeast of Lancaster, is truly a heritage.

    The 2,500-acre natural area features a vast display of rare plants, numerous animals, scenic walking trails and waterfalls. Its greatest feature is the massive outcropping of granite, hence its name. While not 40 acres, it is 14 acres of flat granite rock.

  • Bauer’s comments add to negative image of S.C.

    Bauer’s comments add to negative image of S.C.

    Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer made a statement at a town hall meeting that he could show a bar graph where free and reduced lunch recipients had the worst test scores in the state of South Carolina. He also said that if you receive goods or services from the government then you owe something back.