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Today's Opinions

  • Column: A day to honor our doctors

    Health care is always changing, brought on by scientific breakthroughs, technological advancements, government regulation and reform. But there is one constant: physicians still shoulder the ultimate responsibility for a patient’s care, whether it be in the emergency room, on the operating table or in a clinic.
    From the days of Hippocrates, doctors have held the fate of their fellow human beings in their hands – and certainly in their hearts.

  • Column: Don’t give lobbyists power to collect tax

    An outrageous bill is moving through the S.C. legislature, proposing to give the Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC) power to collect the business license tax and even to assign the tax rates.
    MASC is a lobbying entity comprised of city officials who pay dues from the city coffers, but it isn’t a government agency and has no accountability to the public. In a nutshell, taxpayers have no choice about funding MASC activities and no control over them.

  • Letter: Hope on horizon for Alzheimer’s patients

    There may be thousands of men and women  living in Lancaster County who are near or over retirement age who are beginning to suffer memory loss.
    The seniors who live in Sun City Carolina Lakes are likely to have a high percentage of men and women with Alzheimer’s disease, simply because so many of us are older. African-American men and women of every senior age are especially vulnerable to the development of Alzheimer’s dementia.  

  • Letter: Both parties want a back-room deal

    We have learned from this year’s election cycle that we may have two parties but their goals are the same. They want to stay in power even if it means surrendering victory to the other side.
    Forget about the candidates and look at the process happening in both parties.

  • Column: I’m so proud of this county and its voters

    I stood in the county building last Tuesday night, watching voting results come in, watching precinct after precinct say, “Yes! We want to make our schools better for our students and teachers.”
    I stood there, thinking, “I’m so lucky to be in a county with people who support our schools, who value our teachers, who believe in the power of education, not just for their children, but for every child in our county.”

  • Column: For Christians, Easter marks history’s most important event

    Easter. Resurrection Sunday. The culmination of Passion Week. In my opinion, we’re celebrating the most significant day in human history.
    There have been numerous days of momentous importance in the scope of human existence. Days that altered national, international, even world history. But in comparison with this one day – resurrection Sunday – all other days of significance fade into blips on the timeline of humanity.

  • Column: Occasionally, politics works as intended

    Politics has become a dirty word.
    It’s about crass politicians talking about “little hands” and other body parts. It’s sleazy lobbyists who dole out campaign contributions for lawmakers’ votes. It’s politicians who spout fear, bigotry and lies simply because they can. It’s a system of gerrymandered districts that make it impossible for reasonable moderate people to get elected. It’s regular citizens and their interests getting steamrolled by special interest and special influence.
    It does not have to be this way.

  • Letter: Thanks for your help keeping warming center open this winter

    On Jan. 4 the Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless opened the doors of the Lancaster Warming Center. This was the first time that this service was made available in Lancaster County, and we were grateful to have an outpouring of support from the community to help us provide a hot meal and a warm place to sleep at night for homeless individuals here.
    We could not have done it without the countless donations and the many hours put into it by our amazing volunteers.