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Today's Opinions

  • Act of kindness breaks up reports of violence in county

    I have to admit since the first of July we’ve had some tragic news to report. A retired police officer was shot while trying to help accident victims. A Pageland man was sentenced to 30 years for the death of an epileptic man whose body was dumped in Heath Springs.

    Then there was the shooting death of the owner of the Cedar Creek Bait and Tackle Shop. The shooter took refuge in his home and fired off some shots before taking his own life.

  • 'We need a senator who will listen to the people'

    As a retired state employee, I was bewildered to read Mick Mulvaney’s July 4 column “Trading short-term benefits for long-term security is wrong.” I could not believe that he did not better understand how public pension plans work. They pay benefits out of the assets of the retirement system, not tax money, and they use the average of the good years and the not so good years in deciding how much to pay retirees.

  • Great Falls dual office issue over

    We are going to repeat a few things we said very recently, but we think, thankfully, an ongoing issue has finally come to the correct conclusion.

    We think the dual office ban in the state’s Constitution is a good thing, but it has, sometimes, unfortunate implications.

    It is no guideline or recommendation. It is actually not just a law. It is a provision of the state’s constitution. The ban says no person can hold two offices “for honor and profit.”

  • Cairnes made child's day by giving her a fishing rod

    Cairnes made child’s day by giving her a fishing rod

    I would like to share this with the family of Ronnie Cairnes. My daughter, Alyssa, went fishing with my husband, Freddie, her sister, Adrien, and me on May 18. Alyssa caught a huge bream. We stopped by the Cedar Creek Bait & Tackle, showed it to Ronnie and asked if he could help up put a picture of her and her fish in a magazine. He said he couldn’t. Instead Ronnie gave her a fishing rod – the first one she ever had. Alyssa loved it and it made her day.

  • Local United Way gives us reason to celebrate

    Even in the toughest of times, there’s always something to celebrate. And while these may not be the toughest of times (anyone who lived through the Great Depression or World War II would tell you those times were much tougher), these are certainly not the best of times.

    The national economy has slowed, and gas prices are at historic highs, with some experts predicting the national average for unleaded regular gasoline will break the $5 mark this year.

  • Medical future of children and adults in question

    This letter is addressed to the medical professionals doing business in the Lancaster area, but it should be of interest to other folks, as well.

    In reading newspapers, watching TV and listening to AM radio lately, it has become apparent that many things are occurring in this city, state and country that should be of concern to everyone.

  • Writer questions Mulvaney's opposition to alcohol inhalers

    A few weeks ago, I sent a letter to the editor criticizing Rep. Mick Mulvaney for opposing a ban on alcohol inhalers (devices that turn liquor into a mist so that it can be inhaled into a person’s lungs, getting them drunk quickly).

    As the victim of a drunken driver, my point was that we don’t need any devices that get people drunker faster because who knows how many of them will end up behind the wheel of a car.

  • Grants could have been used for library

    I am responding to the story “Schools get s $4.5 million from feds” in the July 16 edition of The Lancaster News. The grants are to be used to reduce alcohol use, foster more physical activity among students and encourage them to go to college.

    Grants are those gifts from Washington that don’t have to be paid back. Apparently they come like manna from heaven.