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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Mr. Melton, who are you to decide sheriff’s candidate isn’t ‘respectable’?

    This is a response to various recent articles about Billy McCoy, plagiarism, and Barry Faile.
    Starting with the editor’s column, written by Brian Melton, excuse me if my punctuation in this column is “not” correct, or not up to your standards. I have not found any job descriptions for sheriff that list proper punctuation to be a job requirement.
    Who are you to determine if Mr. McCoy is a “respectable candidate”? Have you interviewed him? That’s something for the voters to decide.

  • Letter: On bathroom bill, safety comes first

    Phil Noble’s column about the “bathroom bill” in your April 22 paper is correct on one thing, but then totally wrong on the main issue.
    Yes, we shouldn’t have law enforcement checking people going into restrooms. They have enough to do now. But Mr. Noble writes, “…why don’t we let everyone decide for themselves which bathroom to use.”

  • Column: Simple steps to enhance education in South Carolina

    We all want our children to do better in school, so education reform is a predictable hobbyhorse. And yet, few offer ideas beyond throwing money at the problem or reducing classroom sizes.
    As the son of an educator dad and literacy-coach mom, I offer simple steps to enhance education in South Carolina’s Fifth District, five vital skills required for 21st century success.

  • Column: If bands can make moral choices, why can’t everyone act on beliefs?

    Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and others have the right to cancel their concerts in North Carolina just because they believe that the state’s HB2 law is discriminatory.
    I also believe people and businesses have the right not to do business with people of different beliefs.

  • Letter: Some things we want in a sheriff

    Here are some things about Sheriff Barry Faile.
    He is honest, treats people with respect, does not steal. He runs on his own reputation.
    The people of Lancaster know what Barry has done and will do.
    Do we want a sheriff who we can respect and does not steal? If you do, vote for Barry Faile. Just as he has in the past, he will get the job done, A sheriff we can be proud of.

    Carl Miles
    Lancaster

  • Letter: Who is running to be our sheriff?

    Mr. McCoy, I recently wrote a letter telling why Sheriff Barry Faile is the best and we the people vote him in every time. He’s smart! You, no comment.
    I’m just wondering, Mr. McCoy, if you’re running for sheriff, or Mr. Malcolm Little is running for sheriff. It seems you cannot write anything that you hope will make the people of Lancaster vote for you until you OK it with Malcolm Little first. Does that mean we get two sheriffs?

  • Column: Join letter carriers to Stamp Out Hunger!

    The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its Stamp Out Hunger food drive May 14. Lancaster postal employees will again participate in this national effort, with your help.
    Now in its 24th year, Stamp Out Hunger! is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. Last year, letter carriers collected 70.6 million pounds of food from postal customers across the country, bringing the total donations to more than 1.4 billion pounds of food collected along postal routes since the drive began.

  • Column: Business owners suffering unfairly in LGBT disputes

    It just keeps getting more and more interesting and perplexing. I am just not quite sure what to make of it all.
    The list continues to grow of businesses across the country that have been sued or threatened with lawsuits because they refused to provide services for individuals/couples who are openly gay. Some businesses have closed because of this, at least temporarily.