Today's Opinions

  • Take look at big picture before voting

    In recent weeks. U.S. Rep. John Spratt, like most liberal Democrats, has abandoned any hope of running for office on his record in Congress.
    He has resorted to personal attacks on his opponent in an effort to divert attention away from the real issues and the failures of the government which he has helped lead.
    Spratt is a Washington establishment politician who has represented the South Carolina 5th District since 1982.

  • Christian morals never left council

    My name is Cami H. Steen and I am one of Lancaster County Councilman Larry Honeycutt’s four daughters. My father is seeking re-election for District 4 County Council, which is my voting district.
    I would first like to say thank you to my father for all of his diligent work over these last four years. He loves Lancaster County and is truly committed to making it a better place to live – right now and for future generations. He is concerned for every citizen of Lancaster County and not just the people in his district.

  • Writer disputes Knapp’s assessment of Mulvaney

    I read with interest the editorial by Frank Knapp Jr., CEO of the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce, that was published in the Oct, 15 edition of The Lancaster News.
    He slanted his article in such a manner that it appeared all South Carolina small business owners had been harmed by Sen. Mick Mulvaney’s decision to vote against legislation brought before both the House and Senate.

  • Usher a natural in his duties

    Jack Usher did his job with little fanfare, but his work as a 911
    dispatcher with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office was outstanding.
    Usher, who first joined the department as a deputy, devoted half his life – 25 years – to law enforcement.
    Skills he learned as a deputy were used in his later years as a 911
    dispatcher at his post in the sheriff’s office.

  • Time to retire John Spratt

    I wish I could go back to bagging food at the Winn Dixie in Kershaw in 1965. Yes, in 1965 we had the Vietnam War hanging over us like an angry cloud. But we knew if we didn’t go to college we could work at Springs in Lancaster or DuPont in Camden or many other manufacturing jobs in the area. We knew we could feed the kids and raise our families because there were so many options for employment in Lancaster, Kershaw and surrounding counties.

  • Was it a social hour or business meeting?

    Several weeks ago, Lancaster County and City councils held a joint gathering at Charley’s Cafe in downtown Lancaster.

    Normally, The Lancaster News receives notification of such meetings within the 24-hour period outlined  under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA.) In this incident, special notification about the meeting was not sent to The Lancaster News, as is procedure before any public meetings. Instead, we received a telephone call from someone letting us know about the meeting just before it happened.

  • Let's retire our congressman

    There were three articles published on the opinion page on Sept. 22 that deserve responses.

    Letter writer Christine Taylor is right about agreeing to disagree, but talking or writing something negative is not wrong if based on facts.

    Letter writer Philip Wright’s remarks are evidently from a man who has not, and cannot accept facts from a conservative.

  • Spratt has turned ads over to Washington experts

    Someone asked me several months ago would John Spratt get ugly in the Congressional campaign. I assured him that the John Spratt I knew was too much a gentleman and too principled to stoop to smear campaigns.

    After seeing his ad, aired in the Charlotte media market, attacking Mick Mulvaney on Lancaster County’s Edenmoor Development, I need to apologize to that man and correct the misinformation I’d left.

    The ad, while totally unjustified, is brutal. The scenes are every subdivision homeowner’s worst nightmare.