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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Blackmon ignores No. 1 issue – ethics

    “Blackmon seeks $6,750 in back pay,” your Oct. 11 front page announced.
    After reading the article, and recollecting information from your previous articles about this election, I’ve come to my own conclusion.
    Linda Blackmon did not hold office for the preceding nine months because of Jackie Harris’ objection to the means by which the votes were cast. The disparity in the numbers of absentee votes for each candidate, and the way they were obtained, leaves me with some doubt about their authenticity.

  • Column: GOP must do tax overhaul, repeal/replace, or ‘we’re dead’

    Editor’s note: Sen. Graham has raised his profile in the past few months, co-authoring a major health-care proposal and most recently championing cooperation between the White House and GOP leaders in Congress to enact key parts of President Trump’s agenda. Here are excerpts from his Sunday appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

    John Dickerson: Senator, let’s start with Iran. Are there enough votes in Congress to get this amendment to the Iran deal?

  • Letter: No work, no pay for Ms. Blackmon

    I am writing because of Ms. Linda Blackmon requesting $6,750 in back pay.
    The only way you can get back pay is that you worked. Well, excuse me, but she didn’t work during that time. So no work, no pay.
    There is a problem somewhere when our so-called elected officials are able to vote to give themselves this back pay.

  • Letter: Metal-plate hazard on Harrisburg Rd.

    I currently work for the PCI Group on Harrisburg Road. I tell you this to inform you that I travel this road at regular intervals.
    For the last month, a steel plate has been sitting on Harrisburg. Not beside the road. Oh no. This plate stretches across Harrisburg from white line to white line. This is used to cover up a ditch that has been dug.

  • Editor's Column: Obey the law or grab the cash? Choices, choices

    It has been a whiplashing few weeks in the drama of Linda Blackmon’s return to the Lancaster City Council.
    Just before she took the oath Oct. 1, a house that she owns burned, and she postulated that it was an assassination attempt to keep her out of office.
    “I believe someone tried to kill me,” said Blackmon, angry and in tears on the sidewalk as SLED agents combed the fire scene. “You want to run for office, you want to have a dream, you know? But people are against it.”

  • Column: Santee Cooper board seems to be sleepwalking at state expense

    Chairman Russell Ott appeared frustrated sitting across from outgoing Santee Cooper CEO Lonnie Carter during last week’s House Utility Ratepayer Protection Committee hearing.
    “So you don’t know why the board’s not here?” asked Ott.
    “I didn’t know they were invited. I don’t think they knew they were invited,” replied Carter.
    “I don’t think that’s correct,” said Ott.

  • Column: Trip down sartorial memory lane at Taxahaw Baptist homecoming

    Let me tell you about Taxahaw Baptist Church’s Homecoming Fashion Day two Sundays ago. What an event for the ages!
    It was a trip back in time, when we were young with our families, the good old days. Back when we had no fellowship halls, only long tables outside under big trees.
    Everyone shared lots of memories, as we all dressed in clothes that were worn a long time ago.
    Our preacher, Stephen Sullivan, was dressed in a wine-color check shirt, overalls and brogans. His wife, Jennifer, wore a long print dress, pink flowers and pink bonnet.

  • Letter: Concern about plans for library

    Thanks to Richard Band’s letter to the editor, we now know some of the hazards that patrons of our library will face if it is moved.
    Can you imagine a mother with small children walking from the parking area up to the library? What about teenagers and adults walking alone or senior citizens with limited walking ability?
    Have any of the council or library board members walked the distance?
    Probably not, or this decision would not be under consideration. Why can’t the library be improved where it is?