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Today's Opinions

  • The term 'healthy tan' oxymoron

    Getting a good sun tan in the summertime used to be the in thing for many Americans. It was considered an ideal, something to strive for – that beautiful summer tan, that Coppertone tan, that healthy tan.

    But as it turns out, there’s no such thing as a healthy tan. A tan indicates damage to the skin, period. And the more you tan, or worse, burn, the more susceptible to skin cancers you are.

  • Visit Washington during National Police Week

    I believe every law enforcement officer should visit Washington, D.C. during the week of May 15, which is National Police Week. This is the week that law enforcement officers honor their brothers and sisters who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This is the week when all of the fallen officers’ families honor their loved ones each year in Washington, DC.

  • Does Mulvaney appreciate needs of state retirees?

    Rep. Mick Mulvaney has been taking a lot of credit lately for keeping our taxes low.

    For example, Mr. Mulvaney, along with 50 or more of his colleagues, objected to including legislators in a plan to provide retired public employees an annual cost of living adjustment.

    Because of their objections the bill was sent back to committee.

  • June 10 Primary went 'very smoothly'

    The Lancaster County Registration and Election Commission would like to thank everyone involved with the success of the Democratic and Republican primaries on June 10. From the poll managers and election technicians to the candidates and voters, the election process went very smoothly.

    The candidates and all their supporters were well prepared and obeyed all the rules.

  • Daddy taught keep the faith in game of life

    Gamecocks’ place-kicker Ryan Succop’s 48-yard field goal looked on line to finally seal South Carolina’s hard-fought win over North Carolina that mid-October day as dusk fell on the Tar Heels’ Kenan Stadium last fall.It was good – good for nothing. The kick bounced harmlessly off the right upright to the turf.

  • Join in the effort to fight domestic violence

    These numbers – 8 percent; 1 in 5; 40 percent – by themselves may seem insignificant to you when read alone. How would you feel if these numbers reflected crime in your neighborhood? Unfortunately these statistics relate to the crimes that occur in our schools?

  • The world keeps going

    Where were they going? I watched as the cars and trucks hurried north and south on U.S. 521. Drivers would stop and turn into the parking lot of the fast food restaurant. Some parked, walked in and ordered their food. Others made their way through the drive-through line.

    The sounds of patrons’ conversations resembled the humming around a bee hive. I babysat a cup of coffee while talking to my brother sitting across the table from me. I was wearing workout clothes, had no makeup on and my hair was wet.

  • Mother: Mickey was my best friend

    There is not a day goes by that I don’t miss my son, James “Mickey” Funderburk, who died in a motorcycle accident on June 1.

    He was my best friend.

    He came to see me everyday and I would cook for him.

    He was a happy person and liked to make people laugh.

    He has always loved motorcycles. And he died doing what he loved most.

    Mickey had a lot of friends and we appreciate all their visits and kindness.

    We treasure all the little anecdotes they shared with us.