Today's Opinions

  • We have been your newspaper for 158 years

    You may be reading this editorial as a printed product held in your hand, sprawled across the kitchen table while drinking your morning coffee or while scrolling down your computer screen or smart phone.

    Today you have numerous methods of getting the news. And the dissemination of news has changed dramatically since the early years of smoke signals.

    National Newspaper Week begins today and it’s a good time to take a look at what your community newspaper means to you.

  • Time for Spratt reality check

    We need to take a reality check of the John Spratt Washington legacy. John Spratt voted for:

    - Federal control over almost every facet of our lives with a full assault on our core values

    - Failed incomprehensible bailouts

    - Health care debacle which Spratt admitted he did not even read

    - Cash for clunkers

    - Wasteful, expensive and non-productive stimulus programs that have failed

    - Cap and trade legislation

    - Financial regulation

    - Consumer protection

  • Newspapers still vital to our communities

    It’s National Newspaper Week, and it is a good time to put things in perspective.

    In a head-to-head test of public notice results, a newspaper recently won by a 7-to-1 margin over the Internet.

    People still read newspapers and are far more likely to see newspaper notices than those placed online.

    The test was done in Darlington County in July by Sheriff Wayne Byrd and his local paper.

  • We must divide power to contain government

    The most important lesson to be learned from the last 20 years of American government is this: absolute power grows government absolutely.

  • John Spratt is no friend of ours

    It is unfortunate to think of John Spratt as a “friend” of our district. Friends do not let government spending spiral beyond imaginable numbers.

    Friends do not support ineffective legislation or inefficient government and then expect you, their “friend,” to pay for it all. Neither do friends support legislation that has the long term effect of eroding the support and structure that has permitted this country to prosper through private business and individual freedoms.

  • What will Sunday alcohol sales really cost us?

    In regards to Elissa Boyet’s article in the Sept. 22 Carolina Gateway, I would like to offer my thoughts.

    For several reasons, I am against alcohol sales on Sundays. Uncontrolled growth, more drunk drivers on the road and, in my own humble opinion, even less time for families to spend together. Religion is a whole other issue that I will not get into here.

  • Meet candidates at local forums

    Got a question for a candidate running for office this year? If you do, you may want to submit it for an upcoming political forum. Candidates will be asked questions from voters at the Before You Vote 2010 Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at the City of Light’s Inspiration Chapel auditorium.

    Candidates will also face voters questions at a two more forums at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 and Oct. 25 at Bundy Auditorium in the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • October is Domestic Violence Month

    Let us take this time to recognize domestic violence month. Domestic Violence Month evolved from the “Day of Unity” in October 1981, to raise awareness of efforts to end violence against women and their children.

    Domestic violence has become increasingly prevalent in modern culture.

    What is domestic violence? It’s a behavior used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Partners can be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian. They can live together, separated or simply dating.