Today's Opinions

  • Spratt is a true friend of our 5th District

    In 2009, Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve System, was chosen by Time Magazine as Man of the Year. I enjoyed reading the article about Bernanke.

    It contains interesting information about Bernanke including his childhood in Bennettsville and about monetary policy and the role of the Fed.

  • Sometimes we have to agree to disagree

    I am writing in response to an article concerning a rebuttal to the mudslinging among the candidates. Debates as well as signs are all mudslinging to me.

    Whether we talk or write about someone in the negative it is wrong. Candidates will do what they do best which is either tell the truth or lie.

    The ones affected by this are we, the people. We grasp on to every word people say or do.  God made each one of us different and this is why we don’t always agree. Your belief is your belief.

  • Know difference between right and wrong

    It is not about the Republicans or the Democrats, nor about the left vs. the right. It is about right vs. wrong. But who is right? If you or I select what is right then it is subjective and neither of us is actually right.

    If our definition of right comes from our creator, which is found in the scriptures, then we have an objective truth, which is right.

    For example, some people in America believe the following:

    u That former President George W. Bush caused 9/11

    u Rosie O’Donnell is a Patriot

    u The Constitution is a living document

  • Living in Sun City doesn't mean we have extra money

    With respect to retailers’ tendency to focus on Ballantyne and Sun City, I could not agree with you more (re: IL shoppers welcome new Walmart, ALDI, Sept. 1).

    Retailers need to realize that there is more to this area than Ballantyne and Sun City. Yes, I’m glad for the jobs they have provided and commend their generous donations to schools, libraries and nonprofit relief organizations.

  • Attack on assistant principal was uncalled for

    I would like to respond to the assault on coach Bill Farrar, Lancaster High School assistant principal, and to the person charged with the assault, Rodney Thompson, and his family.

    Coach Farrar is a good person, as well as a teacher and coach. I have a son who attends Lancaster High School, as well as two grandchildren.

    Over the years, I have grown to know coach Farrar on a personal level. Coach Farrar would never attempt an assault on any student at Lancaster High School.

  • Send hugs to men and women in armed services

    Someone shared the following incident with me. I do not know where the story originated. It tugged at my heartstrings as I’m sure it will yours.

    A man was waiting in an airport for a flight that was on delay. While he was drinking a cup of coffee and feeling irritable, his attention was drawn to a group of soldiers entering the snack bar.

    This group was made up of mostly male soldiers with a few female soldiers. They were talking among themselves about Afghanistan, this being the first leg of their journey to that land.

  • Spratt's campaign represents his philosophy

    I read in The Lancaster News that U.S. Rep. John Spratt criticized Mick Mulvaney because Mr. Mulvaney voted against the S.C. Senate in spending money it did not have.

    I can understand why Mr. Spratt might find this action by Mr. Mulvaney offensive.  After all, Mr. Spratt seems to vote for every spending bill Nancy Pelosi puts in front of him whether the U.S. government has the money or not.

    Maybe Mr. Spratt’s campaign signs truly represent his spending philosophy, spend, spend, spend, whether we have the money or not.

  • Mulvaney. Haley call for return to principles

    Sam Slack’s guest column Sept. 15 might be subtitled “Label it libertarian " that makes it bad.” One might hope  ideas would get examined on their merits, not arbitrarily applied labels.  

    For Mr. Slack’s last paragraph, in which he asks how the various social and economic policies espoused by Ms. Haley and Mr. Mulvaney would stand for the good of all people, I would offer the following comments.

    Most of what Mick Mulvaney and Nikki Haley are saying derives from a few basic principles from which government has seriously strayed.