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Today's Opinions

  • Faris left her mark on Indian Land High

    The start of the 2011-12 school term will feature David Shamble in the principal’s office at Indian Land High School. Shamble, a former assistant principal since 2007, is replacing Kathy Faris.

    Faris, the IL principal for the last five years, resigned her post in mid-July, about a month before the start of the upcoming school term.

    Shamble, who considers Faris his mentor,  will no doubt continue many of the initiatives she started. But he will also have his own  agenda for the Class AA high school.

  • Help needy students get school supplies

    It’s hard to believe that school is starting in just a few days. It seems like it was just yesterday that students and teachers were wrapping up the school year and looking forward to summer break. 

    Now teachers and other school personnel are busy preparing classrooms, unpacking books and planning study lessons.

    And many students and their parents are busy preparing for the new year by buying clothes and school supplies.

    But many families struggle getting back-to-school wardrobes and school supplies.

  • Tax-free what?

    By now you’ve no doubt heard of South Carolina’s annual back-to-school tradition called the Sales Tax Holiday.

    Now in its 12th year, the first weekend in August event has become the time for savings-conscientious parents to stock up on all their children’s back-to-school needs from crayons to corsets.

    Locally, the sales and use tax holiday means a savings of 8 cents per dollar ... Wait a minute. Corsets? 

    Yes, corsets. You didn’t read that wrong. 

  • U.S. needs solution, not ‘deal’ on debt ceiling and spending

    There is a very good chance that by the time you read this, Congress will have already sent debt-ceiling legislation to the president to sign. However, I went ahead and wrote this column in order to get information to you as quickly as possible.
    This column addresses the “Boehner plan,” put forth by Majority Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio), which I voted against.
    Here’s why:

  • Congress is forcing trillions of dollars in debt on youth

    Whether by design or accident, Congress and the Obama administration have managed to offend the vast majority of parents in America.
    This includes parents of all races, all ethnic groups, all nationalities, all union members, all members of management, all atheists, all religions, the poor, the wealthy, the middle class, the liberals, the conservatives, the centrists, the libertarians and all other citizens concerned about oncoming generations.

  • Scammers are getting much, much more clever

    You have to give it to scam artists – some are getting pretty creative. And dire economic times are breeding  ingenuity among some of the best.
    In the past six months, The Lancaster News has published several articles about various scams in Lancaster County.
    In February, reporter Reece Murphy shared the plight of a woman who was summoned to Springs Memorial Hospital in the wee hours of the morning. The caller, who identified himself as a highway patrolman, said she had a family member at the hospital and to get there fast.

  • President using fear mongering to address debt ceiling

    As we all sit waiting, watching the drama being played out on the television and read all of the blogs or news stories about the debt ceiling, wondering if the checks will arrive in our bank accounts in August, or if the United States can pay the bills or even if we can pay our own bills, I get more and more dismayed.
    Are we really playing this game? With people’s minds, money, lives? If it looks this bad to me, what does President Barack Obama look like to the rest of the world? Don’t worry, I’m not asking you to answer this.

  • There are some in Congress we can rely on to get job done

    At the time of this writing, there is still a stalemate in Washington about raising the debt ceiling. In the past there has never been a problem with raising this ceiling.
    During the Reagan administration it was raised 17 times and during the George W. Bush administration the debt ceiling was raised eight times. Now all of sudden, with President Barack Obama in the White House, there is a problem with raising the ceiling.