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Today's Opinions

  • Valuable lessons were learned from oil spill

    When Jed Clampett was shooting at some food and some crude came gushing out of the ground instead, he achieved by accident what almost all Americans dream of – instant wealth.

    Often Jed, the patriarch of the 1960s show “The Beverly Hillbillies,” showed the sophisticated city slickers that he was the one with true wisdom – a wisdom that comes from living, not from a fancy college degree or from reading The Wall Street Journal every day or working in a high-rise office building.

  • Ms. Brenda a great asset to library

    I am writing to express my appreciation of Brenda Parker, the children’s librarian at the Lancaster Library.

    My grandchildren started coming to the library for Teddy Bear Time in 2005 when they were 3 and almost 2 years old. They were introduced to music, stories and educational games. They sang and heard stories using puppets.

    They experienced Rhyme Time and were introduced to picking up and putting away using song as a way of encouragement.

  • Incumbency not the problem, rather it's the complacency

    Due to frustrations about the endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the country’s continued bleak economic situation, being an incumbent officeholder has become a dicey proposition.

    No matter what you stand for, if you’re currently a governor or in Congress, you’re in trouble because you’re an insider and thereby part of the problem.

  • Writer questions cost of ankle bracelets

    Everybody has an opinion and I am expressing mine which no doubt will leave me wide open to the regulars who load up the The Lancaster News’ Web page comments. One detractor suggested I return to my “Remember when” days and leave the governing to adults.

    Well, sir, look at the kind of job the adults are doing.

  • Life's lessons learned through childhood play

    The year 1959 is best remembered in Lancaster as the year the University of South Carolina at Lancaster was founded. That same year, however, Wylie Park was created by the Richards-Wylie family as part of the development of Forest Hills in the city of Lancaster.

  • Time to hold representatives accountable

    House Democrats announced they will not submit a budget for 2011. Congressman John Spratt is the lead person with responsibility for the House budget. Budgeting is a fundamental responsibility of governing and without budgeting there is no way to get the national debt under control.

    Without a budget, there is a spending spree in Washington. Americans are demanding fiscal responsibility and this is the answer from the Democratic leaders in Washington?  

  • Guess whose budget didn't get cut this year?

    If I told you that, in a year when most state agencies saw cuts of 30, 40 or even 50 percent, there was one agency that got almost a 50 percent increase, would that strike you as being, well, wrong?

    It certainly struck me that way. And last week I voted to sustain S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford’s veto of that expenditure.  But not enough other senators agreed and that funding increase was approved.

    What agency got that extra money this year? The South Carolina Senate.

    Here is how it happened:

  • Celebrate freedom today

    Happy Birthday, America! This year, there will be 234 candles on your red, white and blue cake.

    We celebrate our freedom going back to July 4, 1776.

    That’s the day our young nation adopted the Declaration of Independence, which declared our independence from Great Britain.

    During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the American colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia.