Today's Opinions

  • State budget less than desirable

    Several weeks of some of the most hotly contested debate in recent memory culminated last week with a vote on the 2009-2010 state budget in the S.C. Senate.

    While most media outlets have pitched this year’s budget debate as a “Sanford vs. the Legislature” proposition, that didn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the complexity of issues involved.  

    At the end of the day, the budget passed. I voted against it. Here’s why:

    First and foremost, I thought there was a better budget that had been offered.

  • Most know what conservative means

    In the May 3 edition of The Lancaster News, letter writer Wayne Love clarified some points he made in an earlier letter.

    Mr. Love, it would have been a lot easier, and greener  for you to just say, “I am a right-wing, conservative Republican.” Then all of the other “I ams” would have been understood. Most Americans know what a right-wing, conservative Republican is. We’ve lived – or should I say endured – the past eight years with one as president.

  • Mother would appreciate apology in son’s death

    It is 5 a.m. – another night of little sleep. Two years of little sleep have passed since my son died because of a poor decision made by a Lancaster resident.

    Mother’s Day weekend is approaching, the second anniversary of my son’s death. He was a healthy, strapping, handsome 37-year-old Marine staff sergeant, who was such a fine young man. I miss him terribly.

    On May 11, 2007, during Bike Week at Myrtle Beach, my son, Michael, was driving his Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on U.S. 17 in South Myrtle Beach and had a passenger on back.

  • Swine flu: Don’t panic over it yet

    Don’t panic! Although the swine flu has spread quickly in Mexico and there are now confirmed cases in most U.S. states, it would be easy to work yourself up and get very anxious about this outbreak. But should you?

  • Career center secures legacy for Blackmon


  • S.C. town and county are setting an example


    What do the town of Irmo and the county of Anderson have in common? Both want taxpayers to see how their hard-earned dollars are being spent.

  • Letters to the editor


    Letters to the editor

    Push for K-12 education reform

  • Obama should tout, not criticize America


    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that when trading in your old car for a new one, you don’t begin the negotiations by apologizing for it – by emphasizing it burns a quart of oil every one hundred miles, the brakes are shot, the front end needs a complete overhaul, the sunroof leaks, there is a terrible rattle in the trunk that the mechanics can’t fix, and it won’t start on rainy mornings.