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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Jettisoning pervasive negativity

    A few news items, two from South Carolina and two national:
    Item one: S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson called David Pascoe (the special prosecutor that Wilson appointed) a “liar” over his handling of a public corruption case.
    It began with a barrage of harsh words from Wilson delivered with great heat and passion and ended with a flurry of papers filed in court. Gov. Nikki Haley called the whole thing “an embarrassing mess.”  There’s no reason to think it won’t continue for a while.

  • Letter: Proud of Indian Land Middle School and all of its supporters

    I want to thank Principal Chris Thorpe and all the staff at Indian Land Middle School for all the guidance they provide for our kids.
    I feel safe letting my child out in the morning, knowing he will get the best of care.
    The front-office staff is always very efficient and kind every time I ask for help. And all the great teachers do so much for our kids. And thank you to our special police officer for the great way he keeps us safe and on time.

  • Schmidt letter: N.C. HB2 law is not bigotry

    North Carolina’s HB2 law is simple and proper – only use the restroom that matches your biological sex.
    Apple and Cisco, among other companies, are insisting that North Carolina force everyone to accept or allow people to use the restroom of their choice. They are threatening to leave the state. Why aren’t they threatening to leave Iran or Saudi Arabia, who are actually murdering homosexuals?

  • Brown column: Habitat helps by leveraging strengths of its volunteers

    How do you feel when you help make someone else’s dream come true? That’s what you’re doing when you volunteer to work on a Habitat home.
    Most folks who have done it will tell you it’s gratifying and can be downright addicting.
    National Volunteer Week is a fitting time to celebrate the people who make the work of Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County possible. Volunteers are the heartbeat of Habitat. We are grateful for our current volunteers and looking for more.

  • Wilt column: Ugly, traffic-slowing designs mandated by county council

    I have heard a lot of comment over the last few weeks about how the new storage unit buildings that have gone up on U.S. 521 in Indian Land are unattractive, with their flat facades facing the road, parallel to the road and only a few feet back from the road.

  • Chavis letter: McCoy needs better reason to run

    Billy McCoy has filed to run for sheriff of Lancaster because, quote, “He (Sheriff Faile) has been in office long enough.” Also, he states that Sheriff Faile has relatives who once were sheriff. What does that have to do with Barry Faile?
    In my opinion, there is no time limit for the office of sheriff as long as the job is getting done, and that it is. Sheriff Faile and his department are doing an excellent job, so why change?
    Billy McCoy, if that is your main reason for running for sheriff of Lancaster, then you should rethink this idea.

  • Column: I think it’s time to put aside ideals, get bloodthirsty

    We have reached a point where we, as Americans, must make a decision.
    Do we adhere strictly to the values that have shaped our nation, or do we accept that as the world changes, so must our value system? If the world functioned in a rational, civilized manner, the old ways would always be the right ways and we could go on forever, avoiding change.
    Sadly, we can all see that things, they are a-changing’.

  • Column: Restrooms: Where did this lunacy come from?

    What have I missed? I am completely baffled, perplexed, beyond confused.
    I sometimes feel like a modern-day Rumpelstiltskin – like I have somehow drifted off into a 20-year sleep, and have now awakened in a different time and place. My country has somehow morphed into a place with which I no longer can identify. And it has happened so quickly, so dramatically, that I am perplexed as to how this transformation has taken place.