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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Thanks to all who helped make Habitat fundraiser the best ever

    Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County wants to thank all who helped us make our fifth-annual Bluegrass, Barbecue and Building (BBB) a big success.

    The event, held Aug. 26 at USC Lancaster, netted just over $15,000 after expenses to support our mission here – an increase of $3,000 over the last event. 

  • Letter: No partisan hostility in my view of Trump

    In a letter to the editor responding to my Aug. 18 column, Ronald Hopkins made an incorrect assumption. 

    Mr. Hopkins doesn’t know me, so I’ll give him a pass on his assumption that I supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, and that I’m still nursing some bitterness over her loss. 

  • Letter: Right to postpone stormwater vote

    My thanks to Lancaster County Council member Brian Carnes for insisting on delaying the third and final reading of the stormwater ordinance.

    I consider it insulting that a 30-page document was handed to those who hadn't seen it just prior to the vote, and I consider that behavior thoughtless at best, unethical at worst.

    I applaud council members Terry Graham, Jack Estridge and Larry Honeycutt for standing with Mr. Carnes. I regret that council members Charlene McGriff and Billy Mosteller chose not to support this obvious solution.

  • Column: S.C. needs to save up for the lean times ahead

    The state Comptroller General’s office released its annual budget report last month, giving citizens insight into the sources of state revenue and how that money was spent as well as suggestions for future spending. Here’s the bottom line: The government needs to spend less.

    According to the report, the General Fund this year accumulated $7.582 billion in revenue, slightly more than the $7.271 billion collected during fiscal 2016. However, it states, “the revenue growth rate has been slowing during the past two fiscal years.”

  • Letter: Wishing you peace amid life’s struggles

    Sept. 5, 2003, is a day that I will carry with me forever. It was the day my mother passed away.

    Every year since her death, I start to change as the anniversary of her passing comes closer. I get depressed and angry, and other emotions come into play. I have gotten better at dealing with them as time as passed, but nevertheless they still come.

  • Letter: Your article completely misrepresents our hotel

    “Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant strolls past the numbered doors of Carriage Inn rooms, sniffing for marijuana fumes escaping through the air-conditioning vents.”

    This beginning to the story on Sunday’s front page is a complete disgrace. For one thing, the article had nothing to do with The Carriage Inn, so your reporter started the article without any evidence that the police chief had any cause or warrant to come onto the hotel property to “search” for marijuana.

  • Column: Reinventing public education in S.C.

    Cindi Ross Scoppe is one of the most important people in South Carolina. And, she has recently put forward one of the most important ideas for this state – perhaps the most important – for the last generation or so.
    Now I know that sounds like extreme hyperbole, but bear with me on this one, I think I’m right.
    First, about Scoppe and her idea.

  • Column: Site will show how S.C. uses gas-tax money

    The years-long debate over South Carolina road funding stirred strong feelings all around. While tax-hike advocates made a passionate case about the need for infrastructure repairs, their plan – which raises the fuel tax by 12 cents over six years, in addition to other tax and fee increases – will put a noticeable pinch on our wallets.
    It’s hard to fault those who opposed it, given the ever-increasing demands being placed on them by their various layers of government.