Today's Opinions

  • Students have right to celebrate Christmas

    At this time of year, educators, administrators, parents and students are concerned about celebrating Christmas at school. I read an article in Home Life magazine that answers questions about specific Christmas activities.

    Can we include religious music in our school assemblies and programs? Yes, Christmas carols are still legal. In Lynch vs. Donnelly, 1984, the Supreme Court noted “Christmas hymns and carols in public schools” are one of the legitimate forms of taking official note of Christmas and of our religious heritage.

  • We owe so much to 'The Greatest Generation'

    The recent article in The Lancaster News about World War II veterans going to Washington to visit the World War II Monument caused me to remember these great men that I have known.

    Tom Brokaw called these men and women “The Greatest Generation.” Great indeed.

  • Saturday event benefits pets

    It is the season for tinsel and holly, Christmas trees and the presents underneath it and the celebration of the birth of Christ.

    It is also the season of giving just so you can see the delight in the eyes of the gift receiver.

    Let’s not forget warm fuzzy puppies and kittens, who snuggle in your arms and give you kisses enough for a lifetime.

  • Guardian grateful to Honor Flight supporters

    I’m writing this letter in great appreciation to the Honor Flight Kershaw team members, the Rev. Bryant Fersner and Amy Pierce of First Baptist Church of Kershaw, Al Poston, David Williams, John Portman, Ernest Stroud, Ginny Hendrix, Giulia Stellato with the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, all guardians who accompanied the veterans and especially Bill Dukes of Columbia, chairman of the board of directors for Honor Flights South Carolina, who made a commitment that as many World War II veterans as possible would get to see their memorial.

  • Sanford, why don’t you just resign now?

    A S.C. House panel is now into its third week of hearings to determine whether Gov. Mark Sanford should be impeached for deserting the state for a five-day tryst in Argentina with his lover last summer and nine alleged ethics violations. It threw out 28 charges involving travel and campaign funds Thursday.

  • Take part ins Project Blue Light to honor fallen officers

    Project Blue Light is celebrating its 21st year this year. Our request is a simple one. In your efforts to decorate your home for Christmas, please do us one small favor. Place a single blue light in your window in memory of fallen officers and in honor of those officers who serve and have served. Most people won’t know its significance, but the ones to whom it matters most will.

    As of today, 114 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty this year in the United States.

  • No special tax break for the well-to-do

    Impact fees are a somewhat controversial method of making owners of new structures pay for the additional community infrastructure that is needed because of growth.

    While the state Legislature exempted school construction from the list of eligible uses of impact fees (an extremely questionable decision given that school construction is by far the largest infrastructure cost associated with growth), they did include uses such as road upgrades, new fire stations, etc.

  • It's not about change, it's about control

    The current administration, with help from Congress, is taking control of every aspect of American life through policies like health-care reform, cap and trade and taking over our private sector, while most of us pay no or little attention.

    Remember how President Barack Obama talked about wealth redistribution and transforming America? Look what is happening during this transformation of his.