Today's Opinions

  • Mulvaney has pledged to fight for all Americans

    “A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user,” said Theodore Roosevelt in 1913. It is as true today, as it was a century ago.

    Americans know they have been herded – at stampede speed – down a steep, treacherous and unfamiliar path by Democrats such as Congressman John Spratt to “fundamentally transform America.”  But transform America into what, exactly?

  • Spratt has country's interest at heart

    Jack Simpson’s guest column in the Oct. 1 edition of The Lancaster News attacking John Spratt is a model of wild assertions and misguided perceptions.

    He claims Spratt voted for “federal control over almost every facet of our lives.” What bill was that in?

    The failed incomprehensible bailouts he mentioned must be the complex federal support that stopped the collapse of our free market financial system, most of the funds for which have been paid back at a profit to the taxpayer.

  • Spratt has lost sight of people's needs

    Joblessness continues to rise in South Carolina while U.S. Rep. John Spratt votes 98.2 percent with the Washington cartel: Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and President Barack Obama.

    From July to August, joblessness rose from a terrible 10.7 percent to a horrific 11 percent. Unemployment was 4.6 percent when Mr. Spratt and his party took control of Congress in January 2007.  The Dow was 12,621.

    Last month, the private sector, which pays the taxes that Mr. Spratt loves to spend, just lost another 2,200 jobs in South Carolina.

  • L&C's roots run deep in our area

    Its cargo has run the gamut – from cotton, coal and soybeans to anxious children visiting Santa Claus and adults attending presidential inauguration balls.

    It houses a museum. It has a colorful past and has been a presence in Lancaster County for a long time – 114 years. And it’s belonged to one family for that entire period.

    But that changed on Aug. 31 when the Springs Co. announced that it was selling the L&C Railway to Gulf & Ohio Railways Inc., which is based in Knoxville, Tenn.

    The sale is expected to be finalized in November.

  • Webster deserved his special recognition

    An old line says every dog has its day. If so, then Webster, the Hospice Care of South Carolina in Lancaster office therapy dog, received his just due.

    The 10 ½-year-old Labrador/husky mix, nicknamed “Webbie,” died of kidney failure in September.

    For the better part of his life, Webster brought endless joy to hospice patients. Joan Long, the dog’s owner, took Webster along on visits to help brighten the final days of countless hospice patients.

    Webster, a real trooper, did all he could to produce smiles and bring a little canine sunshine.

  • Outreach Project grateful for support

    On behalf of The Lancaster County Outreach Project, an initiative of Lancaster County Partners for Youth, I would like to thank United Way of Lancaster County, Communities in Schools, the staff and management of Walgreens in Lancaster and Indian Land and the residents of Lancaster County for their outpouring of support during our recent school supply drive.

    The Lancaster County Outreach Project was able to give 169 children of various grade levels school supplies so they could have a great start in the 2010-11 school year.  

  • Great teachers deserve recognition

    The Lancaster County School District’s Celebrate Great Teaching Award presentations didn’t have the fanfare of past events, but nonetheless four outstanding educators were duly honored for their wonderful work.

    In recent years, the recipients were saluted during a special assembly in front of their peers to launch the new school term.

    This year, district officials still opted to honor the teachers, but the ceremony, as part of a cost-cutting measure with a furlough day, wasn’t held.

  • Show your candidate support with letters

    Today is the first official day of fall, also known as the autumnal equinox. That’s when the sun will be directly over the Earth’s equator, making the length of day and night equal from pole to pole.

    Fall is usually marked with cooler temperatures and vibrant beauty as the fall foliage puts on its annual colorful display.

    However, that colorful display could be impacted by the high temperatures and extreme dry spell we are experiencing. The weather forecast calls for extended heat, no rain and temperatures in the 90s.