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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Bus-stop safety an urgent priority

    In 2013, I wrote the following in a letter to the editor:
    “Every school day, my daughter and I stand in the dark near the end of the driveway and watch her bus come to a stop on the opposite side of the road.

  • Column: The fruit of the spirit: Self-control

    The Holy Spirit gives believers in Christ the ability to cultivate self-control, the last fruit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23.

    This fruit allows believers to keep themselves in check. It includes self-discipline, self-mastery, continence, holding oneself in with a firm hand, and allows us not to be self-indulgent. 

    The old-fashioned word for this is temperance.

    The Bible declares that “he that ruleth his spirit (is better) than he that taketh a city.” 

  • Column: Irma pricing highlights sad truth: Consumer fleecing is new normal

    Since Hurricane Irma put Florida in its sights, there have been thousands of reports of price gouging on everything from water to gasoline.
    The most notable complaint was not, however, the one alleging a $72 charge for a six-pack of water. Rather, it was the $3,200 reportedly asked by Delta for a ticket out of Florida.
    That’s because it wasn’t actually hurricane-related price gouging. Airlines were charging similar fares to last-minute buyers two weeks ago – and have been for years – long before Irma became a threat.

  • Letter: Bannon ignores history’s realities

    During Sunday’s “60 Minutes” interview, President Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon gave his spin on “economic nationalism.” Here is mine.
    Mr. Bannon is correct that America’s 19th century expansion was guided by American citizens, although many of those citizens were immigrants or close descendants of immigrants.

  • Letter: Don’t join a gang, join the Marines

    I have never seen so many young men in Lancaster city and county being out-and-out murdered – some by their own friends. I am 73 years old, and my goodness life is changing for the worse.
    It seems like you are joining gangs to be in a “family.” What about your own mamas? You are breaking their hearts. What has happened to make you want to destroy everything good and kind? Drugs? Do you have a death wish?

  • Column: Pastor responds to a personal wrong

    In order to protect myself from becoming overly cynical and critical of the human family, I choose to believe that most people are honest and decent.

    We certainly see this in times of tragedy and devastation as we have seen with the outpouring of love and compassion in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and will see after Hurricane Irma.

  • Column: Why spend tax money to assess eclipse impact?

    The S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) is spending money to find out how much the state made off the eclipse.

    According to PRT’s newsletter, museums, state parks, etc. were sold out or nearly sold out due to this “rare celestial event.” It goes on to say: “Because this type of anecdotal evidence is so strong all across South Carolina, we’re excited about seeing the final picture. We hope it informs us of the true economic impact of such an historic event.”

  • Letter: Alzheimer’s disease research needs additional funding

    According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 86,000 here in South Carolina.

    In 2017, caring for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias will cost $259 billion – including $175 billion in direct costs to Medicare and Medicaid.